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Anthropology Courses Summer 2017

Author: Eric Haanstad

The Department of Anthropology is offering the following courses this summer:

ANTH 20201 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology (CRN 3511) Prof. Marc Kissel

Anthropology Fundamentals or Elective credit towards the major/minor. Arts and Letters Social Science (ALSS). M T W R F - 9:30A - 10:50A.

ANTH 20318 Martial Arts & Popular Culture (CRN 3510) Prof. Eric Haanstad 

Anthropology Elective credit towards the major/minor. M T R - 12:30P - 2:45P

ANTH 30190 Infancy: Evolution/History/Development (CRN 3472) Prof. James McKenna 

Anthropology Elective credit towards the major/minor. M T W R F - 12:30P - 2:30P

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Four anthropology students receive NSF graduate research fellowships

Author: Carrie Gates

Four students in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology were awarded graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2016 and 2017, and three were recognized with honorable mentions. The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) honors and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science disciplines. The award provides a stipend, tuition support, and research funds for three years.

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In new book, department chair details why creativity is the key to human exceptionalism

Author: Josh Weinhold

Agustín Fuentes finds the four predominant arguments that seek to explain human evolution and human nature to be compelling but extremely simplified. Years of research and an emphasis on cross-disciplinary conversations has instead led him to a more complete story of human evolution. Creativity and collaboration, he argues in The Creative Spark, are the most important explanations for why we are the way we are.

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Recent graduate student publications

Author: Arts and Letters

Ph.D. students in Notre Dame’s graduate program in anthropology have had great success in publishing their research — often in collaboration with each other and with faculty — in some of the discipline’s top journals. They are also contributing book chapters and encyclopedia entries to a variety of significant new works in the field.

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New assistant professor uses prehistoric archaeology to examine social networks, inequality

Author: Carrie Gates

Assistant Professor Mark Golitko is fascinated by social networks — prehistoric social networks, that is. By using elemental chemistry to figure out where archaeological objects like ceramics were produced and how they moved around, he can learn a great deal about the communication patterns of people who lived thousands of years ago.

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Anthropology major named to prestigious Yenching Scholars program

Author: Josh Weinhold

A trio of Notre Dame students and alumni have been named Yenching Scholars, a globally competitive award that provides a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree at China’s top university. Teresa Kennedy ’16, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts; senior Jenny Ng, a political science major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong; and Dominic Romeo ’14, a political science and Chinese major from Turlock, California, were named to the third cohort entering the Yenching Academy, based at Peking University in Beijing.

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Anthropology Mentorship Program

Author: Anthropology Dept.

The Graduate Students are happy to announce an Anthropology Mentorship Program. In this program, we will match undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to help and advise students as they move through their undergraduate degrees. Mentors can help with graduate school applications, thesis projects, conference papers, course work, and can offer general guidance as an additional resource for students.

If you would like a graduate student mentor, please fill out this Google form so that we can learn more about you and your needs. You can also email Amanda Cortez or Emily deWet with any questions.

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Anthropology major's research takes her around the world

Author: Megan Valley

Notre Dame junior Katie Portman spent summer 2015 doing archaeological fieldwork while living on the M.V. Pitsiulak, a 50-foot longliner, off the coast of subarctic Canada. Despite weather issues, engine malfunctions, and permit-related delays, the experience caused her to fall in love with—and major in—anthropology. Since then, her research pursuits have taken her to Washington, D.C.; Canada; Ireland; and Russia, for projects including excavation of a medieval Christian pilgrimage site and a study of skeletons of monks from Byzantine Jerusalem.

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Anthropology and sustainability student Molly Seidel crosses disciplinary boundaries to address real-world issues

Author: Tessa Bangs and Megan Valley

Notre Dame's sustainability program, open to all majors, seeks to inspire students to cultivate practices and ways of living that preserve natural resources for future generations. The minor is housed in the College of Science, but it has proven to be an ideal way for Arts and Letters students to connect their interest in science with their passion for the humanities.

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