Thursday, January 30, 2014

Is economic inequality morally justifiable?

Philosophers' Cafe
Friday, January 31 from 3:00-4:30 the Philosophers' Cafe will meet from 3:00-4;30 in GH 316 to discuss social inequality: Is economic inequality morally justifiable? Please join us.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club

Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club will celebrate Imbolc/the start of salmon fishing season/Burns Night/St. Brigit's Day on Wednesday at 4:00pm in the usual meeting spot, LA 203.

Imbolc, the ancient Celtic holy day that celebrates the lactation of ewes, will be represented by ewe's milk cheese. The start of salmon fishing season will be represented by smoked salmon on brown bread, in the style of Durty Nellie’s Inn at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Robert Burns Night will be celebrated with haggis and homemade shortbread. We also will be making St. Brigit crosses. Tuath an Ard Tíre Ardaí: The Celtic Studies Club does not care what your race, color, creed, sex, gender, marital status, or ethnicity is; all are welcome.

Famous People Who Majored in Anthropology

Just 15 of the Famous People Who Majored in Anthropology

  • Akbar S. Ahmed, former Ambassador from Pakistan to Great Britain 
  • Prince Charles of England 
  • Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park and other best-selling novels 
  • Jane Goodall, primatologist 
  • Kimber Griffin Fender, Director of the Public Library system of Cincinnati, the largest library system in the nation, and NKU alum 
  • Zora Neale Hurston, Harlem Renaissance author 
  • Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya 
  • Eugene Mangalaza, former Prime Minister of Madagascar 
  • Octavio Paz, Noble Prize winning poet 
  • Janine Pease, former President of Little Big Horn Tribal College 
  • Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio 
  • Douglas J. Preston, best-selling horror novelist 
  • Kathy Reichs, best-selling mystery novelist 
  • Steve Riggio, founder of the Barnes and Noble mega bookstore chain 
  • Ann Dunham Soetoro, President Barack Obama's mother 

Internationally famous classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been quoted as saying, "[As a young man,] I knew nothing about the world. I knew I needed to learn stuff, and I needed time. So I thought, 'Wow--a university, what a great thing to do, what a great opportunity.' So I came here [Harvard], and I was a music major, but my great passion was anthropology."

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

9 Philosophy Majors Who Became Extremely Successful in Business

"...philosophy, one of the more cerebral and seemingly less practical majors out there, has produced some incredibly successful people."
  1. Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina was a medieval history and philosophy major at Stanford University.
  2. Activist investor Carl Icahn was a philosophy major at Princeton University.
  3. Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair was a philosophy major at the University of Kansas.
  4. Hedge fund manager George Soros was a philosophy major at the London School of Economics.
  5. Former Fannie Mae CEO Herbert Allison Jr. was a philosophy major at Yale University.
  6. Former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin was a philosophy major at Haverford College.
  7. founder and CEO Patrick Byrne got a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.
  8. Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield got both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in philosophy.
  9. PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel was a 20th century philosophy major at Stanford University.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Philosophy Events for Spring 2014

Events for the philosophically-minded this spring. Mark your calendars!

Film and Philosophy Series
Join us as we screen a feature film, followed with an open discussion of important philosophical themes and questions.

Memento (2001)
February 14, 3:00-6:00 316 GH

Being John Malkovich (1999)
March 21, 3:00-6:00 316 GH

Rashomon (1950)
April 11, 3:00-6:00 316 GH

Philosophers’ Cafe
Join us as we discuss important and current issues of philosophical interest. Open to the public.

“Is economic inequality morally justifiable?”
January 31, 3:00-4:30 316 GH

Topic: Net Neutrality
February 28, 3:00-4:30 316 GH

Topic: Animal Ethics
March 28, 3:00-4:30 316 GH

Topic: TBA
April 25, 3:00-4:30 316 GH

Friday, January 17, 2014

ASK Annual Meeting in April

Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky 2014

46th Annual Meeting at Centre College
April 4-5, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Digital Humanities Lecture

Digital Humanities Lecture
Anthony Beavers, chair of the department of Philosophy at the University of Evansville and director of the Digital Humanities Laboratory, will deliver a talk on the digital humanities on Thursday, January 23 from 3:00-4:00 in the Digitorium. His talk will be "The Digital Revolution and Research in the Humanities: Why the humanities should not be afraid of computational methods."

Everyone is invited.

Kentucky Philosophical Association Spring 2014 Meeting CFP & Student Essay Contest

Kentucky Philosophical Association will hold its spring 2014 Meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Please see the call for papers. We want to particularly encourage students to submit essays to the student essay contest.

Kentucky Philosophical Association: KPA Spring 2014 Meeting CFP & Student Essay Contest

Friday, January 10, 2014

Welcome Dr. Nicole M. Roth!

We welcome temporary lecturer Dr. Nicole M. Roth to the anthropology program this spring! From her faculty page (
My core research interest is funerary archaeology. Currently, my work centers on the regional patterns and cultural implications of Late Bronze Age and Iron Age burial practices in Britain. This research investigates and identifies repeated patterns of the living community’s disposal of their dead throughout the Iron Age as well as across central and southern Britain.

I aim to expand my work in British prehistory by investigating burial practices in the earlier Bronze Age and later Neolithic in order to create a comprehensive synopsis of developing funerary rites and concepts. Such concepts include: ideas of personhood, landscape expressions of identity, symbolism, the control of memory and ideas on human bones as material culture.

However, my scholarly interests are not restricted solely to British prehistory. I seek to explore how other groups and cultures, across time, express ideas such as identity, land claim, kinship and ancestor veneration through their burial rite. I strongly believe the remains of funerary rites can be one of the most insightful and informative finds in archaeology, which transcends groups and time.

Book Launch of Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process

Book Launch of Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process (University of Wisconsin Press)

Introduced by Richard Harknett, University of Cincinnati
Edited by Timothy J. White, Xavier University, with contributors William Hazleton, Miami University & Meghan E. Clarke

Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati
3905 Eastern Ave.

Saturday, January 18th, 2:00 pm

This launch is co-sponsored by the Irish Heritage Center, the Celtic Studies Program at Northern Kentucky University, and the following from Xavier University: Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Peace Studies, Programs in Faith and Justice, the Ireland Summer Study Abroad Program, and the Irish Society.