Saturday, March 29, 2014

Steve Watkins Defends Dissertation

Steve Watkins and committee
Steve Watkins, a 1996 graduate of NKU and currently an adjunct faculty member in our department, recently successfully defended his dissertation. He is earning a PhD in the Humanities Program (Studies in Culture) from the University of Louisville.

Steve regularly teaches courses in Christianity, World Religions, Ancient Religions, and fundamentalist cultures. He also teaches in the KIIS study Abroad program in Greece every summer.

As a member of SEAL Team Five (U.S. Navy), Steve served as a team operator for three platoon deployments. He is a founding member of the Special Operations Forces alumni group (, a social group dedicated to Special Operations veterans and focused primarily on networking and philanthropy.

Eric Bates Awarded Doctorate

Dr. Eric Bates
Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Eric Bates of Independence, KY who, just this Friday (March 28), successfully defended his dissertation and is being awarded the Ph.D. from Cincinnati's Union Institute and University. Eric graduated from NKU in 2003 with both the B.A. and B.S. degrees and with majors in anthropology, geography, and speech and a minor in Native American studies. He earned his M.A. degree with a Native American focus from NKU in 2006. His doctoral research was with the Blackfeet Indians of Montana, focusing on Pentecostalism and Native American identity. In addition to being an NKU alumnus, Eric teaches part-time for NKU Anthropology.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NKU Student Forum

NKU students are invited to attend a Strategic Plan feedback session on Wednesday, April 2, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the University Center Ballroom.

This hour-long session will consist of four 15-minute rounds that will allow you to give your insights and feedback at stations set up around Ballroom on topics (enrollment strategies, academic innovation, student retention and success, financial resources, marketing and public awareness, facilities and sustainability, technology support, and community engagement) that are of most interest to you.

It’s like speed dating for our future. This is your chance to help shape NKU as we approach our 50th Anniversary in 2018. We hope to see you there!

You can learn more about the forum and RSVP at this website:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Anthropology Students to present at the Annual ASK Meetings

On April 5 our department will be well represented at the annual meetings of Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky (ASK) at Centre College. NKU student Colin Bindas will present a poster on “A Distributional Analysis of Obsidian Artifacts from the Maya Lowlands.” Dr. Doug Hume and several of his students from last summer’s Belize Ethnographic Field School will host a roundtable on “A Cultural Sketch of Sugar Cane Farming Communities: Findings from the Ethnographic Field School in Belize, June 2013.” Doug will chair the roundtable, and the nine NKU participating students include: Adelle Bricking, Jessica Boggs, Rosa Christophel, Jesse Hendricks, Gabrielle Locke, Lydia Schuldt, Evan Steelman, Nicholas Thaxton, and Stephanie Zach. Way to go, NKU Anthropology!

Monday, March 17, 2014

SAP Spring 2014 Newsletter

The spring 2014 department newsletter is now available. Enjoy!

SAP Spring 2014 Newsletter

Film and Philosophy: Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich
Join us this Friday, March 21, from 3:00-4:30 in GH 316 as the Film and Philosophy series presents Being John Malkovich. The 1999 Spike Jonze movie is most certainly the funniest film on free will, personal identity, and the nature of mind that you will ever see. Discussion and snacks, as always.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Philosophers among the most famous people

Still wondering whether Philosophy is worth studying? The ten most famous people in the last 6,000 years.

1. Aristotle
2. Plato
3. Jesus Christ
4. Socrates
5. Alexander the Great
6. Leonardo Da Vinci
7. Confucius
8. Julius Caesar
9. Homer
10. Pythagoras

Who’s More Famous Than Jesus? -

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business

"You go into the humanities to pursue your intellectual passion, and it just so happens as a byproduct that you emerge as a desired commodity for industry," said Horowitz. "Such is the halo of human flourishing."

The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business

Native American Lecture Series: My Life Among the Navajo

Charlotte C. Schaengold Ph.D, expounds on her time spent with the Navajo.

Native American Lecture Series: Fire Making Demo

Todd Young, a former NKU Alum, teaches anthropology students about traditional native American fire making techniques and atlatl throwing. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014