Sunday, September 3, 2017

NKU Awarded NSF Grant: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography

We are happy to announce that NKU has just been awarded a substantial National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (NSF REU Site: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography, see: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517  for information about the REU Program). This award involves a three-year transdisciplinary collaboration under the direction of Professor William Landon (PI), Professor Sharyn Jones (Co-PI), and Associate Professor Brian Hackett (Senior Personnel) (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1659467&HistoricalAwards=false).  The REU will build on previous work at the Parker Academy (https://parkeracademy.wordpress.com/) and both faculty and student research will focus on exploring important real world problems including race, gender equality, and social justice in American History through excavations and archival research at the Parker Academy in New Richmond, Ohio. The Parker Academy, founded in 1839, was, evidence suggests, the first school in Ohio, and possibly the country, to offer education to both boys and girls, regardless of race—in the same classroom. Most importantly this grant enables the research team to hire up to 15 undergraduate students each year to work as research fellows. The foundation for this project is built on a wide range of community partnerships including that with the Village of New Richmond, with Mr. Greg Roberts (the landowner), and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is planning an upcoming exhibition based upon our findings.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SAP Alumni, Faculty, and Student Fall Picnic

Highland Heights Civic Center Park.  Please reserve the date!  The department will supply drinks, cups, plates, and utensils - the rest is potluck!  Bring your favorite dish to share!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy Department Upcoming Fall Events

There are several important new items and exciting events planned for this coming fall!

Our department web site has been redesigned using NKU’s new template, the information has been updated, and new content has been added: http://inside.nku.edu/artsci/departments/sapdept.html

We now have an electronic event calendar for all department events and other events of interest to students in our programs: http://inside.nku.edu/artsci/departments/sapdept/event-calendar.html

Upcoming events include:
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Open House - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (August 21, 23, and 25), 12:00 to 12:50 pm in Landrum Academic Center Room 205 - Come for snacks, stay for the conversation!
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Fall Picnic - Friday, August 25, 5 to 9 pm at the Highland Heights Civic Center Park - 3500 Martha Layne Collins Blvd, Cold Spring, KY 41076 - The department will supply drinks and utensils - Please bring your favorite dish, dessert, or snack to share!
  • Student Club Meetings - Fall Semester - 12:00 to 12:50 pm in LA 205
    • Sociology Club - 1st Fridays starting September 1
    • Philosophy Club - 2nd Fridays starting September 8
    • Student Anthropology Society - 3rd Fridays starting September 15
    • The Celtic Studies Club - 4th Fridays starting September 22
  • Student Honor Societies - Fall Semester - Landrum 2nd Floor Elevator Couches
    • Lambda Alpha Gamma, National Anthropology Honor Society - 1st Fridays starting September 1
    • Alpha Kappa Delta, National Sociology Honors Society - 2nd Fridays starting September 8
    • Phi Sigma Tau, National Philosophy Honor Society - 3rd Fridays starting September 15
  • Student Activity Groups (meetings by arrangement, not at noon MWF)
    • First Nations Student Organization/Kiksuya - T.B.A.
    • Philosophers' Cafe - T.B.A.
    • Ethics Bowl - T.B.A.
    • Film and Philosophy Series - T.B.A.
  • Alumni Groups
    • Anthropology Alumni Club - T.B.A.
    • Sociology Alumni Club - T.B.A.
    • Philosophy Alumni Club - T.B.A.
  • We are currently planning several additional special events, which will usually be held in LA 205 from 12-12:50 PM on Wednesdays.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

FUEL NKU needs your help!

This summer students are working to raise funds and resources for FUEL NKU--our campus food pantry. They are trying to stock the shelves for the Fall semester and we need your help. 

Mackenzie Davis is directing this effort and you can email her to pick up any items that are donated: davism23@nku.edu


Here is the gofundme page she set up to help with the $250 goal if anyone is interested in helping this way: https://www.gofundme.com/kekxs-fuel-nku-summer-fundraiser

Any non-perishable food items and toiletries are welcome, but this page includes a list of commonly needed items: https://inside.nku.edu/coehs/beyond/fuelnku.html

Monday, June 5, 2017

Philosophy on Tap

Please join us for Philosophy on Tap on the first Tuesday of every month. June 6 we will meet at Braxton Brewery in Covington for a philosophical discussion of Micheal Sandel's "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets". By putting some things on the market, by giving them a monetary value, do we in some sense corrupt their moral value? You might want to read Sandel's book in advance, take a look at a lecture athttps://goo.gl/8BQAhm, or watch a YouTube discussion https://youtu.be/UbBv2ZGC2VI

We'll meet and greet at 5:00, then order pizza and begin our discussion around 5:30. Everyone is welcome to join us in this open philosophical conversation. Bring your friends.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Joan Ferrante!

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Joan Ferrante has been awarded the prestigious NKU Excellence in University Service Award for 2017. Joan has spent her career serving others and her record of service, leadership, and innovative transdisciplinary contributions to university initiatives and goals is remarkable and unmatched. Joan's passion for making the world a better place has shaped NKU's reputation and directly and positively impacted her colleagues, and the thousands of students she has taught. Congratulations Joan!

Check out Joan's video on Sociology (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj9POR7YTww ) and some of her many accomplishments here: http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/sapdept/sociology/faculty-list/joan-ferrante.html

Sunday, April 16, 2017

May Philosophy on Tap


Our next Philosophy on Tap will be May 1 at 5:00PM at the Wooden Cask Brewery in Newport. Everyone is welcome. Join faculty and students from NKU, Thomas More and Gateway as we discuss the very philosophical question: What does it take to lead the good life?

Good beer. Good discussion. We can order pizza from down the street.