Saturday, December 28, 2013

Upcoming Event:

How Will Our Taxes Be Spent? The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

Attend the Forum's event on January 2, 2014 (6:15pm-8pm at NKU's Otto M. Budig Theater, University Center).  The annual informational forum on the Kentucky General Assembly is your chance to interact with a panel of state lawmakers and hear thoughts on the key issues they will face during the 2014 session. 

Find more information here. The Forum is a partnership between NKU's Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and other organizations. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SAP celebrates student Honors society inductees, award recipients, and Fall graduates. Congratulations!

Dr. Garns with students from Philosophy who have just been inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honors Society.

Dr. Yaw with the NKU 2013 Ethics Bowl team as they receive recognition for their success in regional Ethics Bowl.

Dr. Hume awarding Laura Baker, an Anthropology student her Honors cord.

Sydney Bogardus receives her Honors cord.

Anthropology faculty and student Honors inductees.

Rosa Christophel and Dr. Hume. Rosa received the SAP Mert Freundenberg Scholarship in honor of her excellent academic achievements and interdisciplinary work in Anthropology and Religious Studies.

Dr Ferrante and December 2013 Sociology graduates left to right- Joe Keller, Whitney Stoner, Kelsey Keehan and Brandy Clark.

Dr. Ferrante with Rachel Ellison. Rachel is a Photography major and Sociology minor who received the NKU Undergraduate Research award to support travel to Washington, DC, the U.S. side of Mexican border and the four poorest counties in Kentucky to take photographs for a visually oriented sociology textbook published by Wadsworth Publishing (a division of Cengage Publishing).

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí

Celtic Studies Club
Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club will be celebrating a Celtic Christmas with a party this Wednesday (12/4) at 3:00 in LA 203. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring food, drink, etc. You do not need to be a current club member, you do not need to be Celtic, you just need to come to the party!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Department Reception to Honor Students

Join us Tuesday, December 3 from 4:00-5:30 on second floor Landrum as the department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy honors the achievements it students and fall graduates.

Most of the time will be spent mingling with food, friends, faculty and all our students who are majoring or minoring in our programs. Please stop by if only for a few minutes to grab some food and say hi.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Congratulations Anthropology Honor Thesis Presenters!

Stephanie Zach (left) presented her honor's thesis, “Changing the Afterlife: The Transition of Mortuary Ritual in 19th Century Belize“ and Rosa Christophel (right) presented her honor's thesis, “Rock Climbers Relationship with the Environment” at the fall 2013 Conference of Honors at NKU! Dr. Douglas Hume (Associate Professor of Anthropology) was both students' honor's thesis mentor.

More photos of Todd Young's demonstrations of fire making and atlatl

Todd Young and spears he made by hand.

Todd doing a demo with spear and atlatl.

NKU student tries his hand at the atlatl.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fire Making and Spear Throwing

Demonstrations on Prehistoric Native American Fire Making and Spear Throwing by Todd Young, Naturalist at Big Bone Lick State Park.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dr. Barbara Thiel Memorial Service

Dr. Barbara Thiel
Dr. Barbara Thiel Memorial Service

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 
4:30 p.m. 
University Center Ballroom 
Light Refreshments will be Served. All are Welcome

Philosophers' Cafe: Wikileaks, Hacktivism and the Ethics of Whistle-blowing

Philosophers' Cafe
The Philosophers' Cafe will convene this Friday at 3:00 in GH 316 to discuss Wikileaks, Hacktivism and the Ethics of Whistle-blowing. Stop by and bring your friends.

NKU Philosophy: Philosophers' Cafe: Wikileaks, Hacktivism and the Ethics of Whistle-blowing

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2013 NKU Ethics Bowl Team

2013 Ethics Bowl Team
On November 9 the NKU Ethics Bowl team traveled to Marion, IN to participate in the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl Competition. Teams from different schools debate real-life ethical issues in front of a panel of judges who rank the performances and the arguments. NKU won their debate against Xavier but lost by only a few points to Butler and to Taylor. The NKU team included Cory Clark, Dustin Courtney, Laurence Gerlach, Leighann Goins, Theodore Hays, Arthur Littlefield, John Petrie, Ashley Poe and Robbie Tieman (Ashley and John were not able to travel with the team for this contest). The team practiced for weeks prior to the competition, preparing responses to case studies available in advance. Dr. Yaw served as faculty advisor and coach. Congratulations on a great contest!

2013 Ethics Bowl Team

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall 2013 Ethics Bowl Team

Ethics Bowl '13

Ethics Bowl '13

Ethics Bowl '13
Good luck to the NKU Ethics Bowl team as they compete this weekend (Nov. 9) in Marion, IN.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

NKU Philosophy: Film and Philosophy: High Noon

High Noon
NKU Philosophy: Film and Philosophy: High Noon: Join us Friday, November 8 from 3:00-6:00 in GH 316 when we screen and discuss the classic western film High Noon. What's the right thing to do? Should one act from a sense of duty? Does religion provide moral answers? What can we expect form our community? Gary Cooper portrays the retired sheriff who takes the Kantian point of view.

Native American Lecture Series

Among the Navajo
The NKU Annual Native American Lecture Series presents Charlotte C. Schaengold, Ph.D., NKU Anthropology Professor, who will talk about


Thursday, November 21, 2013, NKU's Highland Heights Campus, 4:30 pm, 304 MP. Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public as part of the celebration of Native American Heritage Month in Kentucky.

Dress for Success

Greek Philosophers
Nancy Hancock's PHI 280 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy students dressed the part this week.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Britteny Howell wins NSF Grant

Britteny Howell
Congratulations to our own NKU Anthropology part-time professor Britteny M.  Howell! Professor Howell, who is also a Ph.D. candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Kentucky, was awarded a $29,000 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Arctic Social Sciences Program for her upcoming research in Anchorage, AK. She was also awarded the Leslie White Award ($500) from the Central StatesAnthropological Society for this work. Here's a little info about her project:

The goal of this research is to examine the sociocultural factors that shape diet and physical activity practices as they influence nutritional status outcomes among Alaska Native elders (adults aged 65+ years) living in Anchorage. This study will (1) identify and evaluate the influence of sociocultural factors on dietary and physical activity patterns among urban Alaska Native elders, and (2) identify relationships between the sociocultural environment, diet, physical activity, and nutritional status outcomes (BMI) in this population. This 9-month long mixed-methods study employs participant observation, semi-structured interviews, food frequency, physical activity questionnaires, and anthropometric techniques. Anthropometric measurements will be used to determine BMI and the prevalence of under weight, normal weight, overweight, and obesity and will be tested with multiple regression techniques to determine the nature of the relationship between sociocultural factors and nutritional status outcomes in this population.

Way to go, Britteny! You do NKU Anthropology proud!

NKU Philosophy: Science and Philosophy

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Monday, October 28, 2013

SAP Newsletter

The first SAP Newsletter is out. See what faculty and students have been doing, and what they are planning.

Recruiting Students

Major/Minor Fair
Black and Gold Day
Black and Gold Day
SAP was present at the Major/Minor Fair and at the Black and Gold Day information session, hoping to recruit freshman to our major and minor programs.

NKU Philosophy: Spring 2014 PHI Schedule of Classes

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