Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"MASCOTS" Exhibit at the Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 


The Freedom Center has partnered with Xavier University to curate an exhibit that addresses the current issues of cultural appropriation of the identity of American Indians in athletics.  


In conjunction with the exhibit, a panel was held on November 7, 2015 to discuss the use of stereotypical sports mascots.  The panel featured former Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Elder Dennis Limberhand, Alex Tortes from the Torres-Martinez Tribe, and Xavier University Clinical Psychologist Dr. Rose Wetterau and was moderated by Rabbi Abie Ingber. Below is a video excerpt of the discussion panel. 


The Mascot Discussion Panel was covered by one of NKU's own Anthropology alum, Greg Rust. In his editorial, Opinion: Few hear concerns of other cultures, Greg mentions his personal experience with the Cheyenne and that they are so much more than how they are portrayed. 

MASCOTS exhibit is now open through Spring of 2016.

Monday, November 30, 2015

NKU Students participate in Experimental Archeology Day!

On November 22nd, Dr. Zac Hruby, Dr. Nicole Roth, and Dr. Monica Wakefield hosted a day where NKU students could come and learn firsthand about archeology out in the field.
Events Included were:

Animal butchery, hosted by guest and professional butcher Graham Thompson. Students observed and learned different butchery techniques, both modern and with ancient stone tools.


The effect of fire upon animal bones. Students observed and recorded fresh bones and the archeological evidence left by fire.


Knapping with Dr. Hruby. Students observed and participated in knapping lithics from local sources.

Monday, November 23, 2015

*NEW* course in SAP!

ANT 394: Primate Behavior & Ecology

Prof: Monica Wakefield

Spring 2016: T 2:00 - 4:45 

Learn all about living primates!

> Behavior, diet, habitat, socioecology, mating systems and
sexual behavior, cognition, conservation, and more...
> Learn how to study the behavior of living animals
and conduct your own original research!
> Observe living primates in action!

Email wakefieldm2@nku.edu for more information

Monday, November 9, 2015

Pentecost in the Plains: A Perspective of Native Identity on the Blackfeet Reservation


This Thursday November 12th, join Professor Dr. Eric Bates and NKU alumnus at the Annual Native American Studies Lecture sponsored by the NKU Native American Studies Program and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy! The event will be held in AC 506 on NKU's campus starting at 6:15pm. The lecture is free and open to the public with no reservations required! Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

When: November 12th, 6:15pm

Where: NKU campus, AC 506

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ready for Halloween? The Northerner is! 
Check out the latest stories featuring NKU's own anthropology professors!

The Multicultural Roots of Halloween: Interested in how Halloween traditions have developed over the years into our own modern holiday? Look no further, Seth Thomas details several different cultures have influenced our night of costumes, candy, and horror! Dr. Micheal Simonton and Dr. Zac Hruby both provide insight into how different cultures celebrated Halloween and other similar holidays throughout history.

Should Cultures Serve as Costumes?: Andrea Carter asks the question in an article detailing how some costumes depicting minorities may indeed be offensive. Dr. Sharlotte Neely chimes in and provides her point of view on the subject.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Rockin' the Wall: Celebrating German Unity Week!

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of German Unity, the Department of World Languages and Literatures, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, presents German Unity Campus Weeks! On October 29th everyone is invited to a transdisciplinary showing of Marc Leifs 2010 documentary,  "Rockin' The Wall", a documentary on how music contributed to bringing down the Berlin Wall.

The movie will be followed by a round-table discussion with panelists Jeff Smith, Kimberly Gelbwasser, William B.
Hogg, Kimberly Allen-Kattus, Paul Tenkotte, and Marcia Johnson.

The movie will be shown in Landrum 506 on October 29th, at 4:30pm. Come celebrate and discuss Germany Unity!


Friday, October 23, 2015

November is Native American Heritage Month in Kentucky!

Upcoming Events:

October 29The NKU Haile Digital Planetarium and NKU Department of Theatre and Dance are proud to present Crit Callebs, Native American storyteller, at 7 p.m. Learn about Native American culture and its emphasis on astronomy. For more information about Callebs, visit http://critcallebs.com. This is a free event. Reservations are required at http://eventsinteract2.nku.edu/getdemo.ei?id=18&s=_1580OM5WZ.

November 7Indians as Sports Mascots.  1 pm panel of experts at the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in conjunction with Xavier University.  An event organized by NKU Anthropology alumnus Greg Rust.

November 12Pentecost in the Plains: A Perspective of Native Identity on the Blackfeet Reservation by NKU Anthropology Alumnus and Professor Dr. Eric Bates. 6:15 pm in AC 506 at NKU.  Annual Native American Studies Lecture sponsored by the NKU Native American Studies Program and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy.

Entire Month of NovemberAn exhibit of Native American photographs by NKU Anthropology alumnus Greg Rust at Xavier University on the 2nd floor of the Gallaher Student Center in partnership with the XU Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the XU Center for Interfaith Community Engagement.

Entire Month of November and BeyondAn exhibit of Northwest Coast Indian photographs by NKU Anthropology students at NKU on the 2nd  floor of Landrum. 

Entire Month of November and Beyond:  An exhibit on “Big Bone Lick: A Place of Discovery” at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.  Explore the famous site in northern Kentucky so important to Paleo-Indians.  For more information, go to http://www.cincymuseum.org/press/big-bone-lick-exhibit.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SAP, Anthropology Alumnus Update: Gregory Rust

Greg Rust photography series on Native American culture on exhibit this month in Cincinnati and Ukraine


Xavier University's Director of Photography Gregory Rust is set to open two new photography exhibits this month. The first will be featured in the Ukraninan city of Karkiv, with the other being opened in the Kennedy Heights Art Center in Cincinnati. Both exhibits focus on Native American Culture, an area of interest and expertise for Rust. The Ukranian exhibit is titled "Northern Plains Customs", whereas the Cincinnati exhibition is part of a group showing titled "Concerned."

The showings for the Cincinnati gallery was be held from Saturday October 5th, through Saturday, November 16th. The open hours of the gallery are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am, through 5:00pm, and Saturdays from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

Gregory Rust is also working on an exhibit concerning Native American mascots for American sports teams. The exhibit will come to fruition at the Freedom Center on November 7th, at 1:00pm. Professional athlete and sports coach Dusty Baker will be headlining the panel with Rust, who commented that, "I wanted a prominent athlete to make a statement, and I was able to secure Dusty Baker former MLB player and manager to be the headliner on a panel with two Native Americans and a clinical psychologist….moderated by Rabbi Abie Ingber."

Gregory Rust's Website: http://gregrust.com/

Friday, October 9, 2015

Update on the Parker Academy Historical Archeology Project

The Parker Academy Project continues as students of both history and anthropology along with NKU President Geoffery Mearns and Freedom Center President Dr. Clarence G. Newsome visited the site this September for another round of excavations.

The Northern Kentucky Tribune details the historical significance of the Parker Academy as well as the work being carried out by NKU students, staff, The Freedom Center, and visiting international scholar Dr. Peggy Brunache who was present to assist with the dig and help interpret the results.

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The Northern Kentucky Tribune
NKU's own Northerner published another article detailing the dig that occurred on September 19th, detailing the excavation of the Parker Academy's boys dormitory where the students are currently focusing their efforts.

Of the project, President Mearns remarked, "This is an opportunity for our students to gain knowledge, but also practical learning experience and has a positive impact on our community."

The Northerner
Both articles show the progress of the student led Parker Academy excavation, as well as the interdisciplinary cooperation between both Northern Kentucky University's professors, staff, and students and the Freedom Center.

The Northerner: http://www.thenortherner.com/news/2015/09/19/students-dig-to-uncover-pieces-of-americas-dark-past/#prettyPhoto

The Northern Kentucky Tribune: http://www.nkytribune.com/2015/09/nku-collaborates-with-freedom-center-to-unearth-story-of-historic-parker-academy-in-new-richmond/

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rebel Without a Cause

Our own Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Dr. James F. Hopgood was recently interviewed by the BBC on the 60th anniversary of actor James Dean's death and the release of the film, "Rebel Without a Cause."  Dr. Hopgood is the editor of the book, The Making of Saints: Contesting Sacred Ground (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0817351795?keywords=making%20saints%20contesting%20sacred%20ground&qid=1444308406&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1 ), which features James Dean, among others.   Celebrities and popular icons like Dean are increasingly ubiquitous figures of a 21st century postmodern world. Some, in death, blur age-old distinctions of sanctification and trespass on sacred ground long held exclusively by religious saints.  

To access the BBC broadcast on James Dean, go to:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ccwh3

Friday, August 7, 2015

Katie Ragland on Life, Culture, and Sugar Cane in Belize

By Gavin Colton
NKU Marketing + Communications Intern

After a week of refreshing cold showers, matchless local cuisine, and hard work in the blistering heat of Orange Walk Town, Belize, NKU student and anthropology major Katie Ragland is finding everything she hoped for and more in her field study. Katie arrived in Orange Walk Town in June and has enjoyed living in Belizean culture as an anthropologist and a tourist. Her study group will be researching the vast sugar cane industry in the town through ethnographical interviews, mapping of the local streets and fields, and studying the pests that inhabit the sugar cane fields — a nuisance for farmers. More... http://www.nku.edu/features/2015/july/ragland.html

Monday, June 8, 2015

NBC News Worldwide Interviews Professor Bob Lilly

NBC News Worldwide correspondent, Andy Eckardt, interviewed Bob Lilly about his own research, and his knowledge of Professor Miriam Gebhardt's (University of Konstanz, Germany) estimates on the number of rape victims after WWII.

Although Lilly's post-war rape estimates differ than Gebhardt's, the fact is that thousands of German women were raped by British, French, Canadian and U.S. soldiers.

To read Eckardt's full article, please follow the link below:


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WNKU News Uncovers the Past at The Parker Academy Site

WNKU News correspondent, Cheri Lawson, traveled out the The Parker Academy Site to interview students and faculty involved in excavation project.

The entrance to the Parker Academy Project Site
Dr.s' Sharyn Jones, Brian Hackett, Bill Landon, and student Ian Takaoka, gave detailed descriptions of why this particular site is so historically important, not only locally, but nationally as well.

The ongoing project has so far uncovered many Civil-War era artifacts, thus helping give insight to the inhabitants of the property during the 1800s.

One of the artifacts uncovered at the Parker Academy Site: a coin from 1850

To read their complete interview on WNKU, please follow the link provided below:


Parker Academy Interview on WVXU Cincinnati Radio

WVXU Cincinnati Radio Host (associated with NPR News), Bill Rinehart, interviewed Dr. Sharyn Jones last week about the importance and relevance of The Parker Academy Project in New Richmond, OH.

Dr. Jones shows an old photograph of the original Parker Academy
Dr. Jones, 24 graduate and undergraduate students, and several faculty members have been excavating the historic site for the past three weeks.  Excavation will continue later in fall of this year. 

Dr. Jones (on left) showing students how to excavate

To listen to the full interview and the read Bill Rinehart's article, follow the link provided below:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Parker Academy Article Picked Up By U.S. News

U.S. Daily News & World Report has picked up the news article about the Parker Academy!

Joshua Read (left) and Matt Kelley 

The article, created by journalist Cindy L. Schroeder, was originally featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer and now has been picked up the the national paper and was run on May 18th, 2015.

To read and view the entire article, please follow the link below:


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 Kiksuya Volunteers Return

2015 volunteers from the Student Organization, Kiksuya, returned safely from their trip to the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Kiksuya Director and NKU Lecturer, Nicole Grant, thanks all of the the organizations supporters over the past ten years.  

Nicole will be continuing to serve the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations with some new changes in the upcoming years.  She will be introducing new childbirth assistance training workshops to the indigenous women on multiple reservations around the country.  Each year, a small number of students will be chosen to accompany Nicole on these trips.

*For more information about her efforts and/or to find out more about student opportunities, please contact Nicole Grant at: grantn@nku.edu or 859-572-6480.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy and entrepreneurship are a surprisingly good fit. Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and innovators come from a philosophy background and put the critical thinking skills they developed to good use launching new digital services to fill needs in various domains of society. Atlantic contributor Edward Tenner even went so far as to call philosophy the 'most practical major.'
Why Study Philosophy? | Department of Philosophy

Monday, May 4, 2015

German Interview with Bob Lilly to Broadcast Tomorrow: May 5th

On Tuesday May 5th Bob Lilly will be speaking about WWII on a German educational broadcast at 8:15 pm (prime time).

To hear his interview simply follow the link below:


Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 SAP Student Award Winners

SAP Departmental Student Awards


Brittany High


Helena Sizemore


Helena Sizemore


Aaron Jacobson


Nicholas Thaxton


Kaitlyn Ragland


Lauren James        Caitlin Harrah


David Perez


Rachel Ellison


Caitlin Harrah


Mark Kennedy


Jim Fletcher


Jenni Cattran        Nicollette Carmack


Jonathan Cordova


Cory Clark        Ashley Poe

Student Award Winners for 2015 SAP Photo Essay Contest:

Zachary Nothstine
Kaitlyn Ragland
Lindsey Meador
Jack Lowe
Andrea Carter

Student Award Winners for 2015 SAP Undergraduate Photo Essay Project:

Tara Pennington
Stefan Kienzle
Kaitlyn Ragland
Nicole Crawford

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all graduates this year!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Reminder: Kiksuya Skating Party Saturday Night

A friendly reminder that the NKU's Kiksuya Student Organization is holding their annual fundraising event this Saturday evening, May 2nd in Erlanger, KY.

When: Saturday, May 2nd
Where: Jimmie's Roller Dome in Erlanger, KY
Time: 11 pm - 1 am
Cost: $8 per person (includes skate rental)

*The event is open to the public so bring your friends & family!

All proceeds will go to supporting the students and volunteers who help repair homes on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation this spring.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Philosophers' Cafe Topic: Nothing!

Zero and infinity. Dangerous ideas? Some thought so. We'll have a great discussion. You can count on it.

Philosophers' Cafe
April 23 from 3:00-4:30
GH 316

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Robert Lilly's Upcoming BBC Broadcasts

Listen to Dr. Lilly speak about sexual assaults in Germany during WWII on the BBC.

The talks will be held on both the BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service on the following dates:

BBC Radio 4 (40 min)
First TX:  9:02 pm GMT - Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Repeat:  5:02 pm GMT - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

BBC World Service (60 min)
First TX:  6:00 pm GMT - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Last TX:  11:00 am GMT - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Recap of the 1st Annual HSS Collaborative Showcase

The first HSS (Humanities & Social Sciences) Collaborative Showcase was held this past Thursday, April 9th in the Steely Library.

The HSS Showcase included faculty and staff, currently working in the Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, sharing research, ideas, and creativity with colleagues.

Featured Speakers this year included:

John Alberti (English) "The New Girl (and New Boy) in the New Economy: Genres of Gender in the Post Recession Period"

Michael Bush (Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership) "Team Based Learning"

Kristin Hornsby (Honors) "Heirloom"

*Stay tuned for next year's showcase information!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

International Coffee Hour and Open House at the Museum of Anthropology

 *Get to know some of NKUs international students in the Museum of Anthropology for an International Coffee Hour and Open House on Monday, April 13th.*

This event is a continuation of the campus Celebration of Research and Creativity week's activities and will occur in the Museum of Anthropology in Landrum 200.

All students are welcome and will be given the chance to speak with faculty and staff of the NKU Anthropology Department.  Extra credit opportunities may be available for those who attend (see your professor)!

When: Monday, April 13, 2015
Where: Museum of Anthropology (Landrum 200)
Time: 2:00 pm -- 4:30 pm
Cost: free

*Light refreshments and coffee will be served

**Event hosted by the Museum of Anthropology and the Office of International Students & Scholars

Contact Dr. Judy Voelker for more details --- voelkerj1@nku.edu

Monday, April 6, 2015

Kiksuya 2015 Fundraiser: Skating Party

Join NKUs Kiksuya Student Organization to help raise funds for their tenth annual group of volunteers, repair homes on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation this spring.

Dig those old roller skates out of your closet and head on over to the rink to support the students!

When:  Saturday, April 12, 2015
Where: Jimmie's Roller Dome in Erlanger, KY (15 Main St.)
Time:  5 pm - 7 pm
Cost:  $8.00/person - includes skates rental

This event is open to the public so we encourage you to bring your family & friends to share in the fun and to support this great organization!

Thank You in Advance!

*For any additional questions/concerns please contact Dr. Nicole Grant at: grantn@nku.edu

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 Tournées Festival of New French Films on Campus

The annual Tournées Festival will be held at NKU featuring new French films on campus every Thursday beginning April 2 thru May 7; a series of six films over six weeks.

The Tournées is a program sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange that provides grant money to colleges and universities to host film festivals showcasing some of the best of recent French cinema.

"On My Way"

When: Every Thursday beginning April 2 thru May 7 (an additional film will be shown Friday, April 10th as well)
Where: Griffin Hall Digitorium
Time(s): 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Cost: Free to students and those with an NKU ID and $5 for general public
--tickets are available at the door or reserved in advance by contacting John Alberti - 859-572-5578 or alberti@nku.edu
Parking: Parking is available either with NKU parking pass or for $3 in the Kenton Dr. Garage

For more information please visit the following link: http://artscience.nku.edu/departments/english/tourneesfestival.html

*This annual event is hosted by the Northern Kentucky University Department of English, World Languages and Literatures, and the Cinema Studies Program

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UPDATED: Professor Dr. Dan Shope to Speak at International Conference

Dr. Dan Shope will be a speaker at the American/Romanian International Conference Appalachians/Carpathians: Researching, Documenting, and Preserving Highland Traditions at Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania, October 6 - 9, 2015.

A Call for Papers is still open for any faculty or student who would like to present their research at this conference.  If interested, please contact. Dr. Shope at: drdanshope@gmail.com for additional details
**All proposals much be emailed prior to Friday, April 3 (previously April 1st) to: Appalachians/Carpathians@gmail.com

Registration fee: $200 ($150 for students, spouses, and NGO participants) -- this fee also covers transportation costs while in Romania

*For questions regarding accommodations for the conference, please contact Don Davis at: donaldedwarddavis@gmail.com or visit the website: http://unitbv.ro/transcult/

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"World's Got Talent" Show and Dinner

The International Student Union is hosting their annual "World's Got Talent" show and dinner on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Come and watch as international students from NKU perform their various cultural talents all the while enjoying a nice dinner during the show.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm (dinner will be served at 5:30)
Where: Student Union Ballroom
Cost: $10/ticket (ages 3 and under are free)
*tickets can be purchased in the Office of International Students and Scholars in UC 305

*VIP tickets (pack of 4) can be purchased through Megan Lindle (lindlem1@nku.edu)
--must RSVP by March 31st

**For more inquiries contact Megan Lindle at 859-572-5223 or lindlem1@nku.edu

** donations are also greatly appreciated **

Friday, March 20, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity with Kiksuya

Kiksuya's Tenth Annual Volunteer Opportunity (Reunion!)

Kiksuya is a NKU student organization dedicated to service and outreach to Native American communities.  Each May, 5 - 20 students participate in this two week service trip to Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations.  This year, new students will be working alongside former volunteers and current members of Kiksuya, leaving for the Reservations on May 13th and travelling home on May 24th.
Students enjoying down-time on the reservation

Kiksuya student volunteers gardening on the reservation

The MAX cost for this two-week trip will be around $950.  For current students, that cost could be reduced to $650, dependent upon Legacy Funds awarded.  This includes lodging on the reservation and in cabins at KOA's, food on the reservation and during travelling, and transportation (may vary depending if you're riding in the caravan or carpooling in someone's vehicle).  

For more detailed information about this trip and for any questions/concerns, please contact Dr. Nicole Grant at:  grantn@nku.edu 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Re-scheduled Event from February: National Anthropology Day-- March 19th

Come Celebrate National Anthropology Day
National Anthropology Day was originally in February, but was cancelled due to the University being closed because of inclement weather.  Thankfully, this event has been re-scheduled for this Thursday, March 19th!
When: Thursday, March 19th
Time: 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: LA 506
This event, hosted by the Museum of Anthropology and the Anthropology Department, is open to ALL who wish to come celebrate with us.  There will be a public presentation by Anthropology faculty highlighting aspects of the discipline including research projects, fieldwork, career paths, and other opportunities.
*Light refreshments will also be served
*For questions/concerns please contact Dr. Judy Voelker (voelkerj1@nku.edu)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NKU Anthro Students to Speak about Belize at Baker-Hunt: March 16th

You Better Belize It!

NKU Anthropology students, Gabriella Locke and Nicholas Thaxton, to speak about their experience in Belize as part of Professor Doug Hume's Ethnographic Field School.

2014 NKU students in Belize

Listen to Gabriella and Nicholas  tell their tale of exploring the local cultures of northern Belize's sugar cane farming communities through ethnographic interviews. Locke and Thaxton will show the audience the importance of every day sugar we take for granted.

Sugarcane farming in Belize

When: Monday, March 16th, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center (Covington, KY)
Cost: Students are free with valid ID (1 ticket per student)
--General admission: $6 -- follow the link below to purchase tickets and/or reserve your space:


**Questions or concerns please contact Douglas Hume (humed1@nku.edu)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Upcoming Event: Documentary Film Screening Wednesday, March 18th in Griffin Hall

"The Land of Many Palaces"

Director Adam Smith created "The Land of Many Palaces," the world's largest ghost city located in Inner Mongolia, where thousands of rural farmers are currently being relocated to by the Chinese government.  Originally built to accommodate over 1 million people, Ordos, China is now an eerie ghost town housing only around 20,000 people.

Empty streets of Ordos, China

Join us in welcoming this talented director to NKU and be a part of screening his profound film.

When: Wednesday, March 18th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: NKUs Griffin Hall Digitorium
Cost: free admission

*Prior to the screening, a small informal reception in the Griffin Hall lobby will take place from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm with light refreshments being served

*Immediately following the screening will be a round of Q&A with director Adam Smith

Hosted by:  World Languages & Literature Department at NKU