Friday, December 8, 2017

Dr. Joan Ferrante featured in several news stories!

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante is mentioned in this article.
Learning By Giving: How Today’s Students Can Become Tomorrow’s Philanthropist  (International Business Times)

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante was interviewed by WVXU.
Mourning The Creation Of Racial Categories 

Professor of Sociology Dr. Joan Ferrante was featured on Fox 19 Morning Extra.
Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Sea-level rise and archaeological site destruction: An example from the southeastern United States using DINAA (Digital Index of North American Archaeology)

Our own Dr. Bissett was a co-author in this important study - Sea Level Rise Threatens Archaeological Sites - Surging tides will submerge thousands of ancient and historic places along the east coast of the U.S.!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories is a feature documentary that explores how racial categories were created in the United States and their lasting consequences. The film follows sociologist Joan Ferrante's efforts to find unique ways of mourning the biological, family, romantic, and other bonds severed by this legally imposed system. Ferrante issued a call to students majoring in the creative and performing arts at Northern Kentucky University to become part of a creative team dedicated to realizing her vision. The film, narrated by the students, gives special attention to the laws enacted between 17th century Virginia and the Jim Crow era that made these categories matter. It features student choreography, music, sculpture, visual art, dramatic reenactments, poetry and spoken word pieces- all created with the aim of moving audiences to take notice and mourn how Americans were divided into categories we call races.

This screening is free with general admission

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Anthropology, Philosophy & Neuroscience

Anthropology and philosophy courses featured as neuroscience program expanded from minor to major at NKU:

Anthropology Presentations at Area High Schools

Drs. Judy Voelker and Thaddeus Bissett were guest lecturers from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy in presentations hosted by Student Based Scholars and Admissions to local high schools to spread the word about the awesome work happening on campus! Read more here:

Saturday, November 4, 2017

BCPL events include recognition of veterans in Union, Native American celebration in Burlington

BCPL events include recognition of veterans in Union, Native American celebration in Burlington  
(NKyTribune) 10/30/2017

NKU's Anthropology Department and Dr. Eric Bates, part-time professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Native American Studies program at NKU, are mentioned in this article.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories

Joan Ferrante (Sociology Faculty) and NKU students were recently interviewed by WKRC Cincinnati about her documentary “Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories” -

Sunday, September 3, 2017

NKU Awarded NSF Grant: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography

We are happy to announce that NKU has just been awarded a substantial National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant (NSF REU Site: The Parker Academy: Investigating the Intersections of Freedom, Social Justice, Archaeology, History, and Geography, see:  for information about the REU Program). This award involves a three-year transdisciplinary collaboration under the direction of Professor William Landon (PI), Professor Sharyn Jones (Co-PI), and Associate Professor Brian Hackett (Senior Personnel) (  The REU will build on previous work at the Parker Academy ( and both faculty and student research will focus on exploring important real world problems including race, gender equality, and social justice in American History through excavations and archival research at the Parker Academy in New Richmond, Ohio. The Parker Academy, founded in 1839, was, evidence suggests, the first school in Ohio, and possibly the country, to offer education to both boys and girls, regardless of race—in the same classroom. Most importantly this grant enables the research team to hire up to 15 undergraduate students each year to work as research fellows. The foundation for this project is built on a wide range of community partnerships including that with the Village of New Richmond, with Mr. Greg Roberts (the landowner), and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which is planning an upcoming exhibition based upon our findings.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SAP Alumni, Faculty, and Student Fall Picnic

Highland Heights Civic Center Park.  Please reserve the date!  The department will supply drinks, cups, plates, and utensils - the rest is potluck!  Bring your favorite dish to share!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy Department Upcoming Fall Events

There are several important new items and exciting events planned for this coming fall!

Our department web site has been redesigned using NKU’s new template, the information has been updated, and new content has been added:

We now have an electronic event calendar for all department events and other events of interest to students in our programs:

Upcoming events include:
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Open House - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (August 21, 23, and 25), 12:00 to 12:50 pm in Landrum Academic Center Room 205 - Come for snacks, stay for the conversation!
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Fall Picnic - Friday, August 25, 5 to 9 pm at the Highland Heights Civic Center Park - 3500 Martha Layne Collins Blvd, Cold Spring, KY 41076 - The department will supply drinks and utensils - Please bring your favorite dish, dessert, or snack to share!
  • Student Club Meetings - Fall Semester - 12:00 to 12:50 pm in LA 205
    • Sociology Club - 1st Fridays starting September 1
    • Philosophy Club - 2nd Fridays starting September 8
    • Student Anthropology Society - 3rd Fridays starting September 15
    • The Celtic Studies Club - 4th Fridays starting September 22
  • Student Honor Societies - Fall Semester - Landrum 2nd Floor Elevator Couches
    • Lambda Alpha Gamma, National Anthropology Honor Society - 1st Fridays starting September 1
    • Alpha Kappa Delta, National Sociology Honors Society - 2nd Fridays starting September 8
    • Phi Sigma Tau, National Philosophy Honor Society - 3rd Fridays starting September 15
  • Student Activity Groups (meetings by arrangement, not at noon MWF)
    • First Nations Student Organization/Kiksuya - T.B.A.
    • Philosophers' Cafe - T.B.A.
    • Ethics Bowl - T.B.A.
    • Film and Philosophy Series - T.B.A.
  • Alumni Groups
    • Anthropology Alumni Club - T.B.A.
    • Sociology Alumni Club - T.B.A.
    • Philosophy Alumni Club - T.B.A.
  • We are currently planning several additional special events, which will usually be held in LA 205 from 12-12:50 PM on Wednesdays.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

FUEL NKU needs your help!

This summer students are working to raise funds and resources for FUEL NKU--our campus food pantry. They are trying to stock the shelves for the Fall semester and we need your help. 

Mackenzie Davis is directing this effort and you can email her to pick up any items that are donated:

Here is the gofundme page she set up to help with the $250 goal if anyone is interested in helping this way:

Any non-perishable food items and toiletries are welcome, but this page includes a list of commonly needed items:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Philosophy on Tap

Please join us for Philosophy on Tap on the first Tuesday of every month. June 6 we will meet at Braxton Brewery in Covington for a philosophical discussion of Micheal Sandel's "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets". By putting some things on the market, by giving them a monetary value, do we in some sense corrupt their moral value? You might want to read Sandel's book in advance, take a look at a lecture at, or watch a YouTube discussion

We'll meet and greet at 5:00, then order pizza and begin our discussion around 5:30. Everyone is welcome to join us in this open philosophical conversation. Bring your friends.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Joan Ferrante!

We are thrilled to announce that Professor Joan Ferrante has been awarded the prestigious NKU Excellence in University Service Award for 2017. Joan has spent her career serving others and her record of service, leadership, and innovative transdisciplinary contributions to university initiatives and goals is remarkable and unmatched. Joan's passion for making the world a better place has shaped NKU's reputation and directly and positively impacted her colleagues, and the thousands of students she has taught. Congratulations Joan!

Check out Joan's video on Sociology ( ) and some of her many accomplishments here:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

May Philosophy on Tap

Our next Philosophy on Tap will be May 1 at 5:00PM at the Wooden Cask Brewery in Newport. Everyone is welcome. Join faculty and students from NKU, Thomas More and Gateway as we discuss the very philosophical question: What does it take to lead the good life?

Good beer. Good discussion. We can order pizza from down the street.

Friday, April 14, 2017

New Directors for Native American Studies

Photo by Edward S. Curtis, see:
We are happy to announce that Dr.s Thaddeus Bissett and T. Eric Bates will become the new co-Directors of the Native American Studies Program in SAP. Congratulations Eric and Thad!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SAP Alums are Awesome!

We recently received an update from NKU alumna Kathy Lou Peace. She is applying her Sociology training and course work in Native American Studies in work with Native Americans in Alaska.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Kathy graduated in 2015 with a BSW and minor in Psychology. She had a concentration in Sociology. After she graduated Kathy received an MSW at University of Southern California in the Advance Standing Social Work Program. She recently moved to Alaska and has been working for a Native American health corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. She works as a clinical intake coordinator for outpatient behavioral health. The courses Kathy took in Sociology and Anthropology enriched her education and gave her valuable insights into Native American populations.
The Yukon Delta of Alaska As Seen From The Air.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Philosophy Film Series, April 13, 3pm

The Responsibilities Charismatic and Manipulative Leaders Have and the Responsibility of Those Who Create and Sustain These Leaders  

Thursday, April 13
3 pm
Landrum 209

Elmer Gantry
[Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons]

What Happens When Religion and a Con Man Meet?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Celtic Music Concert at NKU March 15!

Join us on Wednesday in the Landrum 110 Auditorium for a free and fun celebration of Celtic Heritage Month. Professors Dan Curtin and Rick Boyce, accompanied by student Cori Davis, will be playing a set of Celtic music. Refreshments will be provided. Approximate end time is 4:30 PM.

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd will air at 3 pm on Thursday, March 16 in Landrum 209 at NKU

Philosophy Film Series
The Responsibilities Charismatic and Manipulative Leaders Have and the Responsibility of Those Who Create and Sustain These Leaders

Thursday, March 16
A Face in the Crowd
[Andy Griffith, as you have never seen him; Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Philosophy Film Series--Network

All Showings at 3 pm in Landrum 209

The Responsibilities Charismatic and Manipulative Leaders Have and the Responsibility of Those Who Create and Sustain These Leaders  

Thursday, February 16
[Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall]

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Northerner Highlights Dr. Wakefield's Research in the Congo

In the Congo, a reflection of ourselves: NKU Professor to research Bonobos in May


The Northerner just posted this article on Dr. Wakefield's upcoming work in the Congo:

Join us Friday, Jan. 27 for the Philosophers’ Café

Philosophers’ Café
Topic: “Fake News” & the Press

Location: Student Union Rm. 302
Date: Friday, Jan. 27th
Time: 3 - 4 pm

Friday, January 13, 2017

Philosophy Film Series

All Showings at 3 pm in Landrum 209

The Responsibilities Charismatic  and Manipulative Leaders Have and the Responsibility of Those Who Create and Sustain These Leaders  

Please join us- this event is open to all!
Thursday, January 19
Jakob the Liar
[Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Liev Schreiber]

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Coming soon: Native Nations: The Survival of Fourth World Peoples, 2nd Edition

This Spring Professor Sharlotte Neely's edited volume, Native Nations: The Survival of Fourth World Peoples, 2nd Edition will be available!
Here is an example of what you can expect in the second edition:

"Indigenous minorities—Fourth World peoples—continue to exist in some of the wealthiest, most modern, democratic nations on earth.  Despite acculturating to some degree, these native groups have survived with their unique ethnic identities and many of their cultural traditions intact.    
In recent years the phrase "Fourth World" has been used in at least three, sometimes overlapping, ways.  Sometimes the term has been used to mean the poorest of the Third World countries where the First World refers to wealthier democratic nations often aligned with the West, the Second World refers to one-time or current communist nations previously aligned with the former Soviet Union, and the Third World refers to politically non-aligned, poorer, usually non-Western, nations.  In other cases "Fourth World" has been used to refer to the world's unrecognized, non-sovereign, "wannabe nations" like Tibet, Kurdistan, Palestine, Catalonia, Euskal Herria, the Kingdom of Hawaii, or so many others that would like to carve their territory out of one or more recognized nations.  (Most recently, South Sudan has actually made the transition from wannabe nation to sovereign nation.)  Finally, "Fourth World" can refer to the surviving, indigenous (native, aboriginal) minorities within the wealthier First World nations.  That is the meaning of "Fourth World" in this book. 

Here nine anthropologists, one linguist, one historian, one geographer, and one political scientist focus on nine groups of Fourth World peoples within twelve First World nations and, for comparison, one indigenous group in a Second World nation and one in four Third World nations.  All are compared and contrasted in regard to their strategies for survival. 
By Sharlotte Neely