Friday, December 16, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dr. Wakefield recieves funding from Leakey Foundation!

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Monica Wakefield was just awarded a prestigious Leakey Foundation grant to support her work in the Congo and the project entitled,  "Genetic census and habituation of bonobos at Iyema (Lomako, DRC)." The Leakey Foundation funds human origins research and engages in active public outreach to share the results of their funded projects.

Way to go Monica!
Visit the Leakey Foundation website at:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Philosophers' Cafe: Consumerism Friday November 18, 3-4 pm

Consumerism peaks at this time of year. What is it? Is it confined to the economic realm? How does it manifest itself individually, socially, and globally? How pervasive is it and what are its implications? How driven are we as individuals by this cultural ideology and who is to say? If individuals try to transcend it and increase their satisfaction in life, they would need something to supplant it. What might a “balance between consumption and other human pursuits look like” (Amitai Etzioni)?

When: Friday, November 18
•Where: Starbuck’s Cafe
• Time: 3-4 pm

Congratulations 2016 NKU Ethics Bowl Team!

Please join us in congratulate our 2016 Ethics Bowl team for their great performance in this year’s 17th Annual Central States Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition, held last weekend at Marian University, Indianapolis, IN.  

Our team was ranked #15 out of the 32 teams. We tied in first match; won the second match, and lost (narrowly by 5 points) in last march. We are very proud of all the members of the team; the many hours of meetings and hard-work that you all invested in the training and preparation did pay-off.

The team includes: Christian Willett, Brendan Sullivan, Weston Rainer, Chinedu Asinugo, Freddie Cobb, Chad Dunbar, Shane Sullivan, Reshawna Bell, and James Gill.

Special thanks to our two assistant coaches, professors Michael Steinman and Robert Brice and to the head coach Dr. Frimpong-Mansoh. You all make NKU proud!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Congratulations to Winners at the Kentucky Academy of Science!

From left to right: Sage Boyers, Ellie Kremer, Ian Takaoka, Peggy Brunache, Kendra Hein, and Liza Vance. Photo by Sharyn Jones.

Students and faculty from Anthropology participated and won awards at the annual Kentucky Academy of Science ( ) meetings in Louisville last weekend.

The winners from the division of Anthropology and Sociology included:
1st place undergraduate paper: Lindsey Meador
1st place graduate paper: Kendra Hein
2nd place undergraduate poster: Eleanor Kremer
3rd place undergraduate poster: Sage Boyers and Liza Vance

Ellie Kremer and her poster on women and gender in Fiji.

Ian Takaoka (left) with his poster on the archaeology of ceramic assemblages from Vanua Levu Fiji and Lindsey Meador (rigth). Lindsey won first place for her work on paternal care in free-ranging male Coquerel's sifaka. 

Please join us for the annual NKU Native American Studies Lecture!

This event is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required.
Brian Miller
Mni Wakan Sacred Waters:
the Impact of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Native Communities.
 Thursday, November 10
6:15-8:15 pm
110 Landrum, NKU
Brian Miller is of Cherokee and Quaw Paw heritage and adopted into the Oglala Lakota Nation.  He is a sacred fire chief (Oceti Wakan Itacan), flute player, ceremonial singer, and traditional powwow dancer. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Philosophy Film Series--Fall, 2016

A film series of true stories of people facing ethical conundrums
Coming up....

Friday, November 18
3 pm--Landrum 209
The Killing Fields (141 minutes)

Friday, December 9
Schindler's List (196 minutes)


Friday, October 28, 2016

Student Anthropology Society Visits St. Louis

Every semester the NKU Student Anthropology Society embarks on a trip to visit archaeological sites, museums, and explore different cities and their cultures. This semester SAS went to St. Louis to visit the Cahokia Mounds, and explore the downtown museums. SAS left NKU after all the students had finished their midterms and headed to St. Louis, where they began their journey at the City Museum.
The City Museum is essentially a giant playground for adults. It was easy to pick out the locals as they were dressed in kneepads, elbow pads, and gloves. Besides the fun playful part of the City Museum, they also have some very impressive art galleries, a Japanese exhibit, a medieval armor exhibit, and galleries for different time periods. It is an interesting experience to be able to run around and act like kids as well as actually learn at the same time.
The second day was spent going to the various museums throughout St. Louis. There was an art museum, history museum, aviation museum, and the zoo for those interested in Zoology or Primatology, and multiple botanical gardens for those interested in botany. For SAS there was a lot of interest in the zoo because they have Chimpanzees! Which was a hot spot since the Cincinnati Zoo does not currently have them.
Finally, on the last day the students woke up early to visit the arch where they learned about western expansion. Later they headed to Cahokia outside the city. Meeting with Dr. Hruby at Cahokia, he gave students a tour and answered any questions they had about the site.
It was very informative having someone who knew so much about the site who could to tell students about it as they walked through. Starting out walking through the museum, which had numerous artifacts and tools, they had a particularly neat display showing Monk's mound in comparison to various pyramids throughout the world. It was surprising how large these mounds are in comparison. They also had models of the type of shelters people were staying in at Cahokia.
Dr. Hruby was able to give students information that could not be found at the museum. One interesting thing he shared was that most archaeologists believe this site was not just one group, that it was more of cultural hub for different groups and tribes. There was an exhibit on how pottery was made at the site, which was a great note taking opportunity as SAS is planning on using this technique during their pottery night on November 3rd, 2016. Once they were done going through the museum, they explored the mounds. Most of the students were surprised by how big the mounds actually were, and impressed by the wood henge. Every one has heard about Cahokia, but students were amazed at how widespread and large the site actually was!