Mini-Conference: What Will You Do With That? Thinking Like an Anthropologist beyond Academia


Location: Corbett Family Hall (View on map )

Join the Department of Anthropology for a mini-conference of workshops for graduate and undergraduate students in this unique and exciting professional opportunity in practicing anthropology! Both undergraduate and graduate students can benefit greatly from interacting with practicing anthropologists while promoting active participation in intellectual dialogues. These events and workshops will provide students with hands-on skill development for seeking non-academic careers and the many dynamic career opportunities beyond academia. This mini-conference will create cross-disciplinary bridges that demonstrate the robust local and global applications of anthropology!

Featured as part of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology's (COPAA's) newly redesigned website and "Work to Share" page.

The following scholars will be joining us for workshops and discussions with students:

  • Dr. Melissa Panger is a biological anthropologist trained who received her PhD in Primatology in 1997 from the University of California at Berkeley. She has published widely on her work on new world monkeys, and has collaborated with many prominent biological anthropologists, including Agustín Fuentes in our department at Notre Dame (Primates in Perspective, Springer 2011). She is current a Senior Science Adviser at the Environmental Protection Agency where her work is a combination of field-based and policy-based skills.  
  • Sharon R. Williams is a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute and co-coordinator of the STPI science policy fellowship program. Her research expertise lies in global health, health policy, aging and chronic disease, and social science methodology.  Prior to joining STPI she served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy fellow in the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Prior to joining the NIH she was on the faculty at Purdue University where her research focused on global aging, the interaction between culture, behavior and biology in the development of chronic disease and the development of field friendly methods the collection of biological markers of health.  Dr. Williams has worked on several population level, longitudinal studies of aging, including the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) and the World Health Organization’s Study of Adult Health and Global Ageing (SAGE) as well anthropological research sites in India.  Dr. Williams received her BS in Molecular Genetics and an MA and PhD in Anthropology (2003) from the Ohio State University. 
  • Dr. Kelly M. Britt is a community-based historical archaeologist specializing in urban spaces of the northeast. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College. In her former position as Archaeologist at FEMA, she served as manager and overseer of archaeological projects under review for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She also served as the Tribal Nation liaison for the Environmental and Historic Preservation Cadre. In addition, Britt held the position as FEMA Region II's liaison for CultureAID and adviser for Alliance for Response NYC, two volunteer network organizations in the New York City area that assist the arts, cultural, and heritage sectors of the city in preparing for, assisting in, and mitigating after disasters. She has written several successful Network to Freedom designations for Underground Railroad sites in Pennsylvania and several pieces on heritage tourism and community archaeology including a chapter in the 2007 edited work, Archaeology as a Tool of Civic Engagement, by AltaMira Press. She has served on several boards of directors for various archaeological organizations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Schedule of Events (with more details to follow as they are finalized)

April 4: Lunch with students in Corbett Hall

              Public roundtable on the practice of anthropology, open to the entire Notre Dame community, Corbett Hall

              Reception after the event, Corbett Hall