Friday, March 30, 2018

Celebration of Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity

Celebration of Undergraduate Student Research and Creativity - There are events all week and next!  Come support your fellow students as they share their research and creativity!  The program of events may be found here:

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

NKU Sociology Professor Joan Ferrante’s work on the film “Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories” has been recognized in Cincy Magazine - Striving to Become Color Brave: Local educators are finding new ways to discuss race by Dan Hurley (

Monday, March 19, 2018

Ancient Ink: Studies in Tattoo Archaeology, Aaron Deter-Wolf - Student Anthropology Society Guest Speaker

Monday, March 19, 6:15pm – 7:45pm, Griffin Hall

The popularity of tattooing has skyrocketed over recent decades, and by some estimates nearly 40% of Americans under the age of 30 now have at least one tattoo. However, our contemporary tattoo culture represents only one small aspect of a global tradition spanning at least 5,000 years. Anthropological studies and historical documents show tattooing has taken place for centuries among Indigenous communities around the world, while discoveries of tattooed human mummies have been made on nearly every continent, and date as early as 3200 BCE. Despite this, the practice of tattooing has been largely overlooked by archaeologists, and until recently there have been very few identifications of tattoo artifacts in archaeological collections. For the past decade, Aaron Deter-Wolf of the Tennessee Division of Archaeology has been working to identify tattoo-related artifacts from ancient Native American cultures, as well as studying the archaeological  evidence for tattooing from around the world. He is co-editor of the new volume, “Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing,” has authored multiple book chapters and articles on tattoo archaeology, and in 2016 appeared in a NOVA documentary discussing the tattoos on the mummy known as Ötzi. Join us on March 19th at 6 pm, for a program on the archaeological study of tattooing, including Aaron’s work to identify ancient Native American tattoo tools, and 4,600 years of tattooing in the southeastern United States.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dr. Joan Ferrante featured in several news stories!

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante is mentioned in this article.
Learning By Giving: How Today’s Students Can Become Tomorrow’s Philanthropist  (International Business Times)

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante was interviewed by WVXU.
Mourning The Creation Of Racial Categories 

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante was featured on Fox 19 Morning Extra.
Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Sea-level rise and archaeological site destruction: An example from the southeastern United States using DINAA (Digital Index of North American Archaeology)

Our own Dr. Bissett was a co-author in this important study - Sea Level Rise Threatens Archaeological Sites - Surging tides will submerge thousands of ancient and historic places along the east coast of the U.S.!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories is a feature documentary that explores how racial categories were created in the United States and their lasting consequences. The film follows sociologist Joan Ferrante's efforts to find unique ways of mourning the biological, family, romantic, and other bonds severed by this legally imposed system. Ferrante issued a call to students majoring in the creative and performing arts at Northern Kentucky University to become part of a creative team dedicated to realizing her vision. The film, narrated by the students, gives special attention to the laws enacted between 17th century Virginia and the Jim Crow era that made these categories matter. It features student choreography, music, sculpture, visual art, dramatic reenactments, poetry and spoken word pieces- all created with the aim of moving audiences to take notice and mourn how Americans were divided into categories we call races.

This screening is free with general admission