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Interdisciplinary Project to Study Human Distinctiveness, Evolution of Wisdom

Author: Carrie Gates

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With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Agustín Fuentes will co-direct the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. The three-year project will support training for theologians in evolutionary and archaeological anthropology, as well as research on the evolution of wisdom.

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Ph.D. Program Establishes Strong Reputation in First Year

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Under the leadership of Ian Kuijt, director of graduate studies, seven first-year Ph.D. students encountered a curriculum focused on integrative anthropology—studying approaches and methods across a range of subfields. Next year, the program will add six students, who chose Notre Dame over several other elite institutions.

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Anthropology Majors Thrive in Diverse Fields After Graduation

Author: Daniel Sehlhorst and Carrie Gates

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Conducting research in marine biology. Pursuing a graduate degree in global health. Promoting education in order to fight poverty in Uganda. Anthropology majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters undertake a rigorous curriculum that gets them ready for myriad opportunities after graduation—whether they enter the workforce immediately, enroll in graduate school, or choose an elite public service program.

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Medical Anthropologist Natalie Porter to Join Faculty

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Medical anthropologist Natalie Porter will join Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology as an assistant professor in fall 2015. As a researcher studying health and biosafety issues associated with human-animal interactions and laboratory experiments, Porter will bring a “distinctive and engaging” scholarly presence, said Professor Agustín Fuentes, chair of the department.

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Aspiring Doctor Draws on Anthropology Background in Global Health Fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters

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Patrick Salemme ’14 went to Mexico to make an impact on global health. Once he got there, his experience in the College of Arts and Letters helped him determine how he could do the most good. The anthropology and Arts and Letters pre-health major deferred his entry into medical school in order to spend a year in Chiapas, Mexico—a mountainous, coffee-farming region where more than half the residents live below the poverty line.

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Anthropologist Meredith Chesson Awarded NEH Grant

Author: Aaron Smith

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Meredith Chesson, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue fieldwork in Italy’s Bova Marina region. Her project—examining how human landscapes of the Mediterranean have changed over millennia—is an outgrowth of 18 years of research by the Bova Marina Archaeological Project (BMAP). The project is co-directed by Chesson, John Robb of the University of Cambridge, and Lin Foxhall of the University of Leicester, working under the auspices of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Calabria.

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Anthropologist Focuses on Cultural Poetics

Author: Aaron Smith

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Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.

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