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  1. Poster Session for Undergraduate Anthropology

    First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology

    Undergraduate students are an increasingly important element in the production of anthropological knowledge. In its best form, undergraduate research can be seen as an apprenticeship, wherein the novitiate is granted a partnership and some degree of agency in pushing the boundaries of and crossing into new frontiers of shared knowledge. Collaboration with undergraduate students in research is one of the important ways we can facilitate innovation within our discipline. Their research breaks down classroom/research boundaries, focuses on the importance of experiential learning, and exploits the naiveté and vigor of students not yet indoctrinated into paradigmatic complacency. Undergraduate students can be agents and partners in reshaping the landscape of anthropology. The importance of undergraduate research and scholarly activity is underscored both in financial support by federal-level agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Institutes of Health, and the growing number of faculty-student collaborations in anthropology departments across the globe. Through their engagement, undergraduate students challenge current boundaries and present their findings in the inter-disciplinary medium of visual posters to enrich anthropological inquiry into the human experience.

    This session is generously sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Students are encouraged to highlight both their work and their visual acumen via research posters of their projects. The SVA will evaluate all entries in this session and recognize exemplary posters – that is, those that maximize the possibilities of the format – with a prize.

    Interest students must

    (1) Become a student member of the AAA, if they have not already.

    (2) Register for the conference at www.aaanet.org.

    (3) Upload their poster title and abstract by April 10. Our session is sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, so please indicate them as the reviewer. Choose “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology” as the poster session in which you would like to participate.

    (4) Send Dr. Deb Rotman (drotman@nd.edu) a copy of the following information

                    Student name(s)

                    Email contact(s)

                    Poster title

                    Poster abstract

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  2. Call for Submissions - Journal of Undergraduate Anthropology

    The Undergraduate Anthropology Association of Binghamton University is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions for Issue 4 of the Journal of Undergraduate Anthropology

    This is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to publish their academic work in a peer-edited scholarly journal. We are accepting original anthropological research papers, essays (about study abroad, field school, or international internship experiences), honors theses, and photographs. 

    For more details about submission guidelines and to read past issues of the Journal, visit our website: http://anthrojournal.binghamton.edu/. Any questions can be sent to uao@binghamtonsa.org. The deadline for submission is April 1st

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  3. Online Course in Social Entrepreneurship

    The Fort Hays State University Sociology Program is interested in doing our part to promote a world of people whose care extends across oceans and reaches our neighbors next door. 

    So, we developed a short, five week course to help you build confidence in your already great ideas or give you some inspiration to start thinking of ways that you can use what you already know and care about to make a difference! The course is based on the principles of Social Entrepreneurship. Basically, Social Entrepreneurship is the use of innovation to find new ways to help people in need.

     The course follows the wildly successful delivery model known as MOOC, developed by early leaders such as Stanford, MIT and Harvard Universities. MOOC is an acronym for Massive, Open, Online, Course. That means that there is no limit to the amount of students who can enroll, and it is COMPLETELY FREE for everyone, anywhere in the world who has access to the Internet.  

    We offered the first, five week course beginning in October 2013 with 844 students enrolled from 54 countries. More than 25% of the nations in the world were represented! 

    The course is very simple and laid back. Students watch video lectures made available through the course site at their own pace. We made discussion forums on the course site and a student developed Facebook page to make connecting easier. Dr. Campbell will be available to answer several student questions that are submitted through the course site each day during the five weeks. Students have the option to take two short quizzes for an official MOOC digital badge. After the free MOOC has ended, students have the option to take a comprehensive exam for $25 at the end of the course and with a score of 70% or higher, earn a Department certificate of completion in the Social Entrepreneurship MOOC through Fort Hays State University.

    We will be offering our next Social Entrepreneurship MOOC beginning on March 26th! Enrollment is now open! 

    Learn more about the course by following this link: http://gotmooc.net/About_This_Free_Course.html

    Enroll in the course by following this link: https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_304772_1

    The Student Facebook page can be found by searching for “Student Social Entrepreneurs – FHSU”

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email fhsusociology@gmail.com

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  9. Food First Delegation to Mexico

    Food First Delegation Explores Guelaguetza and Oaxaca’s Vibrant Food Heritage JULY 18-26, 2014

    Public tour to highlight food systems and traditions in the Mexican state of Oaxaca

    Explore current food issues in this diverse region of Mexico and participate in the festival of Guelaguetza as part of a guided delegation.

    Participants will explore the cultural and historical context of Oaxaca’s food traditions, while also hearing firsthand from peasants and activists working to preserve, defend and strengthen Mexican food systems in the face of numerous threats to rural livelihoods and ecosystems.

    Additionally, participants will be in Oaxaca for the festival of Guelaguetza. celebrated with vibrant costumes, traditional music and dance, and the sharing of ritual foods and dishes. An incredible array of native foods are in the spotlight, including elaborate moles, countless corn-based dishes, mezcal (a tequila-like spirit), chocolate, chilies, chapulines (grasshopper) and huitlacoche—a fungus that grows on corn and is harvested as an earthy, smoky delicacy sometimes referred to as “Mexican truffles.”

    This Food Sovereignty Tour is more than a culinary excursion. Unlike most food tours of Oaxaca, this delegation provides insights into the links between the region’s rich food culture and its equally rich history of community-based struggles for autonomy, democracy, sustainability and cultural survival.

    The Food Sovereignty Tour to Oaxaca will take place July 18–26, 2014, and is open to the public. Partial scholarships are available for qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Visit the Food Sovereignty Tours website: http://www.foodsovereigntytours.org/international-tours/oaxaca/ for more information or contact the Program Coordinator directly.

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