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Department Newsletter Fall 2005

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Greetings from Department Chair, Ruthbeth Finerman

One of the first things I learned as a new Department Chair is that image isn’t everything. However, it certainly is helpful when it comes to engaging the public in university development. It’s an appalling cliché, but it seems nothing really does succeed like success.

Last spring, I attended my nephew’s graduation from Harvard. I don’t mention this to brag, but to make a point - beyond the fact that anthropologists really do love rites of passage. At the communal ceremony their university president announced that, in the last year alone, their institution raised roughly half a billion dollars in donations from alumni and friends. He continued by pontificating about the duty of our nation to address debt in developing countries. Apparently, the irony was lost on him. Harvard is, unquestionably, a wonderful institution. Yet, their success did not leave me feeling insecure or envious. Rather, I left that event feeling prouder than I have ever been of our own small program and its great accomplishments.

In the last year alone, virtually every faculty member in our Department was honored for their research, teaching, or service. You can read details of their accomplishments in this newsletter, but it merits note that few campuses can boast a program so rich in award-winning faculty. We also held a successful Anthropology Department fundraiser in the spring. Proceeds from the dinner, which was attended by more than 100 alumni, students, faculty and community members, will support initiatives such as our public speakers series and our new ethnographic research and training lab, which is open to students, alumni and community leaders.

Our program has remained productive while also setting a standard for outreach to individuals in need. Harvard’s president observed with pride that they fund a handful of economically disadvantaged students; by contrast, fully 80 percent of our graduate students are funded through assistantships or research grants. This fall, our university welcomed approximately 250 students displaced by the impact of Hurricane Katrina. They could register at no cost if they had paid tuition to their home institution; those who had not yet paid fees were granted in-state rates. They could enroll in courses that had closed, and textbook costs were covered by a grant. Faculty members in our Department worked individually with these students to ensure that they all felt welcome and prepared to continue their studies. I am proud to head a program that contributes to both scholarship and to the wider community.

However, it is our alumni who give us the greatest pride and who do the most to boost our public image. Several have been honored by the university or the community. More importantly, all have made a profound difference to the world around us. Our alumni strive to improve access to quality health care, housing, education, employment, environmental conditions, heritage preservation, and public well-being. What makes a program great? From my perspective, it’s not about taking in donations; it’s about turning out results that serve the greater good. ^top

Dr. Stan Hyland receives Engaged Scholarship Award

Dr. Stan Hyland received the Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship this year. This award is among the University’s highest honors. Dr. Hyland has been active in the community since arriving in Memphis, engaging the University and the community for the betterment of all involved. “To me the award symbolized the recognition of a set of working relationships with community-groups, agencies, practitioners, and students who have focused their time and talents on the issue of neighborhood revitalization and grassroots empowerment over the past twenty-five years. I am committed to the position that this collective and collaborative effort has made a difference in the quality of life in Memphis and has been a step in engaging us in a national dialogue about how to approach community building efforts.” he commented.

For over 25 years Dr. Stan Hyland has been an integral part of Memphis community building. Through his efforts for neighborhood revitalization and policy change, Hyland has developed a special relationship between the University and the city at large. His dedication to the community stems from his research interests in public housing, voluntary associations, philanthropy, evaluation, and new urbanism. Not only is Hyland engaged in his community, but he encourages all his students to find a local interest and pursue it. In many instances, class assignments require students to participate in community activities, involving them in grassroots activities across the city.

Linking students to community organizations has, over the years, provided the city with a core of dedicated and knowledgeable folks, interested in the success of local communities and the city as a whole. This deep partnership has given many programs the opportunity to continue for several years, allowing Hyland to watch them grow and develop. “From a university perspective I am delighted to see that engaged scholarship has been elevated to the status of conventional research associated with the sciences and that there will be a continued recognition of others who are charting new paths of collaborative and engaged scholarship in other important areas such as the environment, safety, land use, emergency assistance, human services and the arts,” he said. Hyland is pleased to be recognized for his outstanding service to the community and anthropology. We are happy to congratulate him on his many successes and wish him great luck in all his future efforts.

Stan Hyland, Engaged Scholarship Award 2005


Ruthbeth Finerman Honored with CAS Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Chair of the Anthropology Department, received the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence this August. She received this award for her commendable teaching efforts at The University of Memphis. This award represents the accolades of her students as well as her colleagues across the University; recipients are considered based on recognition from graduating seniors and further consultation by the Dean’s staff.

Finerman was more than pleased to accept it but said, “I don’t tend to preach about my awards because everyone in our department has different talents.” Being recognized for what drew her into the university setting was a total but welcome surprise. “I fell in love with the idea of giving [students] a bigger worldview. To have students tell me I changed the way they look at the world is wonderful.” ^top

Faculty News

Linda Bennett, Professor & Associate Dean, College Of Arts and Sciences

Over the past year I have chaired the Practicing Advisory Working Group in my role as a member of the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association. Based upon telephone interviews with a broad array of practitioner anthropologists working in very different non-academic positions, the committee will make recommendations to the EB in November about possible expansion of programs and services of the AAA that would be particularly useful to practitioner anthropologists.

I have also continued in the position of chair of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology (COPAA) Programs, which currently has 22 member departments. COPAA has a recently expanded and redesigned website (

For the SfAA meetings in Santa Fe in 2005, I co-organized and presented in a session sponsored by COPAA on Tenure and Promotion in Applied Anthropology.

At the University of Memphis, I have chaired the Ad Hoc Task Force on Engaged Scholarship, which has faculty members from across the University; this group is organizing programs for faculty and administrators to advance the recognition of scholarship that engages university faculty with community groups and organizations.

I continue to be involved in the area of international adoptions and identification of supports and resources for families with adopted children. In addition to continuing to serve as emeritus board member of Williams International Adoptions, Inc., over the past year I organized a focus group of parents who had adopted children internationally for a proposal that MIFA has submitted to develop the MIFA Family Place and recently I have begun to meet with the staff and advisory board members of The Adoption Center of the MidSouth.  ^top

Melissa Checker
, Assistant Professor

My third year on the faculty was both productive and gratifying. I continued to expand my local research agenda. First, working with youth in the in the Defense Depot area of South Memphis, I finalized a comprehensive environmental health survey. We kicked off the taking of the survey by holding a barbeque in the neighborhood, which drew several hundred residents and lasted from the mid afternoon well into the evening.

Second, I am to be part of a new research endeavor on the I-69 corridor, slated to travel through Memphis and its surrounding environs. To initiate this research, in March, an interdisciplinary team of faculty members (including Dr. Jane Henrici) organized “Trading Justice: NAFTA’s New Links and Conflicts”, an international symposium. The conference was both successful and inspiring, catalyzing a tri-national research group known as North American Research Action Network. I intend to present some preliminary results of this I-69 research, particularly on the potential environmental effects of the corridor and community activism around it, at the Second International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Defense depot community picnic and survey kick-off, May 2005

To facilitate my attendance at this conference, I received my second Donovan Travel Award. In November 2004, I was also awarded the American Anthropological Association Anthropology and Environment Section’s Junior Scholar Award for my article “We all have Identity at the Table: Negotiating Difference in a Southern African American Environmental Justice Network.” in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

Last fall I finally finished the manuscript for  my book Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (NYU Press). The rest of the year was spent copyediting, proofing, indexing and voila – the book is finally out and on the shelves. This spring I also guest edited an issue of Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, to which I contributed two articles. While mellowing out on the West Coast this summer, I completed a book chapter for Tennessee Women, a project under contract with University of Georgia Press. I also wrote two articles for Anthropology News, “Responsibility and Liability: What Do Anthropologists Need to Know?” (October 2005) and “Environmental Justice Pushed Backwards by Bush Administration” (September 2005). I continue to edit the “Views on Policy” column for Anthropology News, which is part of my job as an AAA Public Policy Committee member.

In terms of public speaking, in the fall I gave a guest lecture at Haverford College, and in the spring I presented, “Possibilities and Hazards in Participatory Risk Research” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings. This December I will co-organize a public policy forum on Bush II and Environmental Justice at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Washington, DC.

Of course, teaching and working with students truly enlivens my academic appointment. I continue to teach American Communities, Culture and Environment, and Anthropology of the Mid-South. The latter class drew on a precedent set by Dr. Hyland and embarked on fieldtrips around Memphis area. This summer, I was part of an effort to kick of a reinvigorated Environmental Studies minor, teaching the introductory course with colleagues in the Biology and Earth Sciences departments.

I am also chairing Rebecca Puckett’s MA committee. And of course, I am proud to be the faculty sponsor for the Anthropology Club, whose activities are detailed later in this newsletter. In fact, I enjoy the Anthropology Club so much that I am now also advising the brand new Environmental Club, which is an interdisciplinary club geared towards increasing environmental awareness and activism on campus. This year, I am looking forward to continuing my prior research agenda, extending it to include applied research related to Hurricane Katrina. To begin, in October, I presented a paper on the environmental justice dimensions of the disaster at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Finally, on the totally non academic side of life, I am hosting a music show on WEVL. ^top

Ruthbeth Finerman
, Professor

This August I began my sophomore year as Department Chair. I continue to work closely with colleagues in the Department of Earth Sciences to ensure that our majors receive training in all subfields of anthropology, including archaeology. I have also used my administrative role to supervise curriculum updates and to create expanded opportunities for experiential learning and for using instructional technology in the classroom. Towards this end, I successfully established a new Anthropology Research and Training Laboratory, and I won a $7000 University of Memphis TAF Grant to secure instructional and research technology for the lab. I also led a productive fundraising effort in the spring, which supported our Advances in Anthropology Foundation and allowed us to create a new Anthropology Enrichment Fund. I hope to use these resources to organize a series of workshops and training sessions for students, alumni and community leaders, to promote the broad application of anthropological knowledge and skills.

Ruthbeth Finerman accepts her Award for Teaching Excellence, August 2005

I collaborated on research projects with UT’s Department of Preventive Medicine and with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. One ongoing study examines the impact of medical interpreters on health care for foreign-born patients in Memphis. I presented preliminary findings at the spring 2005 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, and was invited to submit my manuscript for a new edited volume on applied medical anthropology. I published another major article this year, and continue to serve on the Editorial Boards of the journals Human Organization and Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Most recently, I was nominated to run for President of the Society for Medical Anthropology.

While I must carry a slightly reduced course load as Chair, I still delight in offering both undergraduate and graduate classes. This fall I received a surprise award from the College of Arts and Sciences for Excellence in Teaching. I feel tremendously honored and fortunate to be recognized for my perceived instructional ability, especially as I view teaching as the most rewarding part of my academic life. ^top

Jane Henrici
, Assistant Professor

I expanded research projects in the Memphis area as well as continued to analyze and publish on my investigations elsewhere in the United States and in Peru during the past year. I have been supported in these efforts through my Affi liate Status with the Center for Research on Women (CROW) and the Benjamin L. Hooks Center for Social Change and my role as an instructor in Women’s Studies, as well as assisted by several anthropology undergraduate and graduate students.

My work with the “Trading Justice” symposium, North American Research and Action Network (NARAN), and I-69 project are described in a separate article in this Newsletter. Meanwhile, in addition to the I-69 project, I began another investigation during the summer of 2005 with the independent study work of anthropology major Jessica Johnston.  

A smokestack along the I-69 Corridor

Jessica and I interviewed providers of job training programs for low-income women in Memphis; following my directions, Jessica set up a comprehensive list about public and private programs and their services and that list, in combination with the interview data now being analyzed, will support future interviews to be conducted with women who have taken local job-training courses. Extensive research on similar programs suggests that women who take job-training classes require very specific support in order that they become able to find and keep jobs; my long-term project seeks to provide comparative data to explore the issue in Memphis.

In April, I combined my research on tourism development and on the forthcoming effects of I-69 in my talk, “Corridors of Trade and Tourism in Memphis.” I organized and chaired the session “Tourism and Community in Memphis” presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Santa Fe, 19-24 April 2005; anthropology major Alan Sefton and graduate student Marla Robertson joined Dr. Dan Swan and myself along with CROW researcher Laura Helper-Ferris in presenting papers for the session.

I continue to write, submit for publication, and publish on the investigation I conducted as Research Scientist with others in Chicago, Boston, and San Antonio among low-income women following welfare reform. In addition, I have presented and will present a number of papers concerning job training for low-income women in San Antonio and concerning my preliminary work in Memphis, as well as on free trade and gender.

With a faculty exchange award from the Regional Educational Network Between the European Union and the United States (RENEUUS), I presented in May three university lectures at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain, in Spanish, one of them a brownbag talk on Gender and Poverty in the United States to the College of Communication faculty.

With CROW funding support, I met with two NARAN members and gave a paper at the “Women and Globalization” Conference in the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in July. I presented “Learning to be Poor: Job Training and Women in the U.S.” at the “Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women’s Economic Security Needs” Conference, at CCPA/Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada in mid-October, where I met with NARAN advisor Dr. Griffin Cohen. I will discuss my preliminary work on Free Trade Agreements and Women’s Alternative Trading Organizations in Peru at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings this coming November in Washington, D.C.

I continue to serve as the Honors Anthropology Instructor and an instructor with the Women’s Studies Program. As a Fulbright Scholar to Peru in 2006, I will conduct fieldwork on the effects of free trade agreements on Peruvian women’s alternative trading organizations.

However, before leaving the U.S. for Peru in March, Dr. Checker and I will co-teach a new graduate course for the Department of Anthropology, Visual Anthropology, which is an approved elective for the Museum Studies Program. Visual Anthropology is a course to develop skills with certain tools and with scholarship concerning visual documentation. For more information about the class contact either or ^top

Stan Hyland
, Associate Professor & Head, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

If you remember anything about a visit to my office it undoubtedly was the stacks of papers and books on my desk, chairs, tables and floor. Well I finally got one of those stacks organized into a newly published book entitled Community Building in the Twenty-First Century published by the School of American Research. This book started as the plenary session at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Merida, 2001. It involved a seminar at the School of American Research in Sante Fe.

Over the past three years seven anthropologists along with Jodi Kretzmann brought together their diverse research but common interests to discuss, debate and reconcile their thinking about the utility of the concept of the term “community” and its application to future research and practice. The contributors include John van Willigen, Tony Oliver-Smith, Robert van Kemper, Noel Chrisman, Marietta Baba, Julie Atkins, Michelle Owens, Jean Schensul, Linda Bennett and myself. The book concludes with a challenge to the continuation of conventional research approaches. It emphasizes an engaged scholarship that that is based on developing meaningful, reciprocal, and profi table connections between universities, practitioners, and communities. More information about the book is available at the School of American Research web site,

A second stack of material has also been cleared with publication of a chapter entitled “Evaluation Anthropology in Community Development/ Community Building.” This chapter appears in the newly published National Association for the of Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Bulletin 24, Creating Evaluation Anthropology. Robert Brimhall, now working with Mairi Albertson at the Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, co-authored this article. This volume offers concrete guidance and resources to anthropologists seeking to enter this exciting  new field at any stage of their careers. More information is available at

Related to this article Dr. Joy Clay, Susan Schmidt and I recently completed the first year evaluation of the Shelby County’s Lead Hazard Control Program. Lead poisoning remains a significant issue in inner-city neighborhoods where many houses were built before the 1970’s. The Shelby County has many “best practices” in their innovation approaches to reducing the number of problem houses.

Cynthia Sadler is leading our newly funded effort to enhance communication in the UPTOWN neighborhood. Based upon our now nearly ten year involvement in this HOPE VI area, the Urban Child Institute has provided us funding to work with the teachers and students at Humes Middle School to discover how health information is created and disseminated. The project has three primary objectives: to identify and shape a health message; to develop a dissemination method to be replicated and tested in similar communities and/or with other health issues; and to effect behavioral and/or environmental changes that improve individual and community health. In many ways this project builds upon the Ghostwriter Project led by Steve Barlow and Jenny Key and the Maps to Success Project in Orange Mound.

I might also mention that Dr. Phyllis Betts, Jerome Blakemore, T.K. Buchannon and Cynthia Sadler and I are finishing the final evaluation of the UPTOWN HOPE VI project. This project has received much acclaim and national awards. The final evaluation raises some important issues for future efforts.

On a personal note I would like everyone to know how much I appreciated your notes about my heart attack in March. I have taken the advice of my good friend and colleague Tom Collins and transformed my lifestyle- -plenty of exercise, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and some wonder drugs. I haven’t felt this good since graduate school. Now if I could only get rid of these other stacks of paper that keep piling up in my office. ^top

Ross Sackett
, Anthropology Instructor

Over the past year I have had a great time teaching our introductory Physical Anthropology course, especially the challenge of communicating the evidence of human prehistory and evolution to a student audience increasingly distracted by recent controversies in Creationism and “intelligent design.” I’ve used the discussion of traditional and scientific origin stories to reinforce the anthropological messages of cultural relativism and the important social functions of faith and worldview, trying to impress upon students the distinction between the cultural search for meaning and the scientific pursuit of accurate descriptions of nature. I also enjoyed co-teaching our Ascent to Civilization course once again with Dr. Robert Frankle of the History Department, which gives our respective majors an opportunity to see both the complementarities and the contrasts of our two disciplines.

Last Fall I took on the task of coordinating undergraduate advising in the Department, which initially felt like a burden but soon became a joy. I have always enjoyed working with students, and I now have the opportunity to meet with most of our majors each semester and nudge them along the journey to graduation. I want to thank Dr. Jane Henrici of the Department and Patsy Krech, Director of A&S Advising for coaxing me into the maze of undergraduate requirements and then, when I get lost, guiding me out again.

On a purely avocational note, this summer I had the pleasure of competing in the telescope competition at Stellafane, the oldest amateur astronomy gathering in North America. My small travelscope won an award for craftsmanship (you can see pictures at  ^top

Daniel Swan
, Associate Professor & Director Chucalissa Museum

The past year has been very rewarding for me as a member of the Anthropology faculty at the University of Memphis and Director of Chucalissa Museum. I am particularly thrilled with the growing participation of Anthropology students in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. I have been teaching “Museum Practices,” a core course for the program, and have enjoyed the interdisciplinary composition of the students enrolled in the course. In the Fall 2005 semester I had the opportunity to teach “Native Peoples of North America” for students drawn from a variety of degree programs. It is my hope that the offering of this course will initiate renewed teaching and learning opportunities at The University of Memphis with respect to Native American culture and history.

I presented two papers at scholarly conferences last year: “Instruments of Inspiration: Birds in the History of the Peyote Religion” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Chicago, IL, and, “Chucalissa Museum and the Construction of Native American Identities in West Tennessee,” at the 2005 SfAA meetings in Santa Fe, NM. In May 2005, my recent book (with Garrick Bailey) Osage Art received the Outstanding Book Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

I have continued my work with members of the Aze Bee Nahagha Dine’ (Native American Church of Navajoland) to document the expressive culture of the religion among contemporary Navajo people. I am currently working to complete a selected discography of contemporary Navajo Peyote music and to document the impact of popular access to digital recording technology on the explosive proliferation of commercial recordings of Peyote music. My research is focused on the growing lyrical quality of Navajo Peyote music and the process of song composition. I am currently reviewing archival recordings of Navajo music, both Peyote and non-Peyote, as a prelude to fieldwork in Arizona and New Mexico to examine the relationship between traditional Navajo music and contemporary compositions in the genre of Peyote music.

This past summer I had the opportunity to establish communication with officials from the Native American Church of Tennessee, and have been working with them to support their efforts to develop a permanent “altar” (place of worship) in western Tennessee. I hope that this collaboration evolves and expands over the coming year. The introduction and development of the Peyote Religion among tribal communities in the Southeastern US is poorly documented and remains largely unreported in the scholarly literature.

In addition to my teaching and research activities I also joined a successful collaboration with the faculty and staff of the Center for Multimedia Arts at the Fed Ex Institute. I have been working with Professors Michael Schmidt, Loel Kim and Pradeep Sopory on an exciting project to introduce 3-D scanning and printing technology into the educational and cultural heritage agendas of Native American communities. The project currently includes participants from over 15 Native American communities with cultural and historical affinities to Mississippian era sites and their associated collections. Together we will explore the potential of 3-D images to enhance community efforts in language preservation, culturally relevant curriculum development and heritage tourism. Using the collections of Chucalissa Museum, the project will create an initial database of images for pilot projects and program development. We are currently working to organize a conference of tribal representatives and project staff at the Fed Ex Institute in March 2006. ^top

Charles Williams
, Associate Professor &
Director, Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE)

I continue to have an active teaching, research, and community services agenda. During the summer of 2005, I taught high school and middle school students in the Physics Department’s Making Advance Plans for School Program. I taught courses entitled: Anthropology of Egypt, Images of the African Diaspora, and the Anthropology of Body Art.

Also, this summer my graduate assistant, Naketa Edney and I worked with Drew Buchner (former anthropology graduate) of Panamerican Consultants Inc. of Memphis. Ms. Edney and I participated in two historical archaeology projects, Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and Lamar Terrace Excavation Project in Memphis, and the Scotland Plantation Project in Concordia Parish, Louisiana.

During the Fall Semester 2005, I am teaching Africa’s New World Communities, a course pertaining to the African Diaspora. In the spring of 2006, I will teach again in the University College’s Master’s of Liberal Studies Program. The course that I will teach is entitled: Diaspora, Displacement and Culture: Understanding Contemporary Patterns in Human Mobility and Transnational Processes in the Post-Modern World.

I continue my grants-funded research activities with the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, and the Office of Minority Health. Also, Dr. Mohamed Kanu and I completed a five-year evaluation study funded by the CDC entitled: HIV Prevention in Tennessee for the Division of HIV and STDs, Tennessee Department of Health. Additionally, I have been recruited to work with the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in its first five-year Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). I will serve as a consultant for the State in its contractual relationship with Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) which is the lead research organization for the Tennessee SPF-SIG.

My other research related and community services activities during the spring and summer of 2005 involved my cooperative efforts with the Office of Minority Health and Tennessee Department of Health in sponsoring Tennessee’s Annual Minority Health Summit. This year, along with my colleagues, Drs. Jebose Okwumabua, Seok Wong, and Mohamed Kanu of the University of Memphis’ Alcohol and Drug Prevention Research Center, and Rosemary Theriot of Tennessee State University, I hosted the 4th Annual Research and Evaluation Forum at the 10th Annual Health Summit of Minority Communities in Nashville, Tennessee, August 23- 26, 2005. The Research and Evaluation Forum served as a vehicle for research scholars at the national and local level to present their work relating to Health Disparities to the general public.

In May 2005, at the Tennessee’s Advanced School on Addictions Summit held at Belmont University in Nashville, Dr. Kedia and I received the Annual Summit Award for our work in addiction and many years of service to the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Health. ^top

Thomas Collins
, Professor Emeritus

Greetings to all my former students. Frequently I run into students at local events or places like restaurants and it is always a pleasure to learn about their activities since leaving the University. In retirement I have not pursued a writing program but I have managed to read actively in the discipline particularly in my former research focus of labor segmentation and community organization. It is evident that current imperialism and the ever increasing power of corporate America are having a major impact on these institutions and anthropology in general.

The new generation of scholars in anthropology are taking up the challenge of this global change. The focus of anthropology is evolving. In this movement, I take some pride to note that some of my research on labor and poverty carried out in Memphis and East Tennessee continues to be quoted in some of the major introductory texts in cultural anthropology.

Overall, retirement has been challenging and rewarding for me. Marcia and I travel frequently both within the States and in Europe. Landscape painting remains a daily passion. In the past couple of years we have added Tai Chi to our life which has influenced the landscapes. Again, I look forward to hearing from students and wish them all well. ^top

A world of Thanks to

Evell Ballard,

Administrative Secretary


Paulette Wilkerson,

Administrative Associate.

We’d be lost without you two!!


News from Some of Our Graduate Students

What we did this summer.....

BETH DEBLANC, I spent my summer in the eastern African country of Uganda where I was able to participate in a variety of research projects. Through these different projects, I was able to see a variety of the country and learn about several different tribes.

Crystal Ton and Beth DeBlanc on site at their practicum in Uganda.

ELIZABETH JACOB, This Summer my practicum worked towards starting a new program for Latinas at Girls Inc. of Memphis, a nonprofit that empowers girls ages 5-18. The components of this project include: creating a “Directory of Latino Youth Social Services in Memphis”, interviewing potential stakeholders, researching ‘best practices’ of this type of program, and gathering demographical information. 

KYLE OLIN, For my practicum, I was an intern at the Tennessee Department of Health in Nashville. During my time there, I developed a logo and website for the Office of Disparity Elimination and was involved in the creation of innovative methods of disseminating information about health disparities and the department’s efforts toward disparity reduction and elimination to communities most affected. The experience has provided me with valuable insight into the role of government agencies in the process of making policy recommendations to legislators.

REBECCA PUCKETT, I spent an incredible summer completing my practicum at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. I worked with the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, creating a website to archive their program and act as an applied resource.

MARLA ROBERTSON, I spent a great summer in our nation’s capitol as a Smithsonian Intern at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in the Ralph Rinzler Archives. I also got the opportunity to assist with documenting performances at various stages during the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 

CRYSTAL TON, I spent my summer in Uganda supervising and participating in a pilot study for a malaria education program. This was a follow up study to a program that was started by myself and several others. 

AMY WILLIAMS, I spent the summer working with United Housing, Inc. helping to expand their fundraising strategies. More specifically, I developed an information packet of facts, figures, and maps to be distributed to government officials.

Amy Williams and Elizabeth Jacob present their poster at the 2005 SfAA Meeting in Sante Fe



By Satish Kedia

On Tuesday, November 23, 2004, the Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation (I-SATE) held an inaugural luncheon at the University’s Holiday Inn with the theme “Substance Abuse Treatment in Tennessee: Hopes and Challenges in the 21st Century.” At this event, I-SATE hosted officials from the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of the Tennessee Department of Health, representatives of Shelby County government, treatment providers, board members from the Tennessee Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (TAADAS), and administrators, faculty, and staff at The University of Memphis. I-SATE, an expansion of Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Services (TOADS), functions as an umbrella organization encompassing TOADS, ADAT-DUI, and several other projects that focus on substance abuse treatment research and evaluation in Tennessee. I-SATE collects, analyzes, and publishes data on statewide substance abuse trends and treatment effectiveness and issues dealing with alcohol and drug abuse among minorities, pregnant women, adolescents, the homeless, those with co-occurring mental health disorders, and methamphetamine users.

Dr. Stephanie W. Perry, Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, gave a keynote speech in which she praised the partnership among the Bureau, I-SATE, and treatment providers for being highly successful in reaping the benefits of outcomes evaluation research and for bringing positive change for those in need of treatment in Tennessee. She noted that the state has received a $17.8 million Access-to- Recovery (ATR) federal grant to expand subsidized recovery services, especially for methamphetamine abusers. Dr. Perry commented that I-SATE has become a nationally recognized research facility and has positioned Tennessee as one of the few states in the country with solid substance abuse evaluation efforts.

Other speakers included Dr. Ralph Faudree (Provost at The University of Memphis), Dr. Henry Kurtz (Dean of The University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences), David Brown (President of TAADAS and Director of CAADAS Transitional Services), and Frank Kolinsky (Director of E.M. Jellinek Center, Inc.). They applauded I-SATE’s contribution to making The University of Memphis a premier urban research institution through its partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and treatment providers for the betterment of Tennessee communities. TAADAS representatives mentioned that I-SATE’s outcomes evaluation reports have had an especially positive impact on treatment providers, providing documented evidence for the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment and information on how to better help clients heal.

Further information on I-SATE is available online ( or from I-SATE Director Dr. Satish Kedia at or (901) 678-1433.  ^top


Dr. Satish Kedia & Dr. Charles Williams


The 2005 Summit Award


The Tennessee Advanced

School on Addictions



by Linda Bennett

The Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA) announces the launching of its new website (, with Christina Wasson (U of North Texas) ( as Webmaster. Sunil Khanna (Oregon State U) ( now serves as the Virtual Community Monitor for COPAA’s bulletin board. COPAA has submitted abstracts for two panel sessions at the SfAA meetings in Vancouver: (1) Allies on the Front Line: Perspectives from our Community Partners (organized by Susan Hyatt (IUPUI), Karen Quintiliani (CSU-Long Beach), Judith Freidenberg (U of Maryland) and Margaret Graham (UT—Pan American) and (2) Tenure and Promotion for Applied Anthropologists: Preparation for and Documentation of Scholarship (organized by Elizabeth Bird (U of S Florida) and Linda Bennett (U of Memphis) with panelists Elgin Klugh (Montclair State U.), Kerry Feldman (U of Alaska, Anchorage), Ann Jordan (U of North Texas), Sherylyn Briller (Wayne State U), Stan Hyland (U of Memphis), Sunil Khanna (Oregon State U), and Nancy Romero-Daza (U of S Florida)). COPAA will assist in organizing the Friday morning 2006 Departmental Poster Session at the SfAA meetings. Other officers of COPAA include Kerry Feldman (U of Alaska, Anchorage) (, Secretary and Gina Sanchez Gibau ( and Jeanette Dickerson- Putman ( (IUPUI), Co-Treasurers. With 22 member departments, COPAA has a mission to collectively advance the education and training of students, faculty, and practitioners in applied anthropology.

Visit the COPAA website at: ^top

The Charles H. McNutt Lecture Series

recently welcomed

Dr. Thomas Arcury, “Reducing Pesticide Exposure to Latino Farmworker Children”, October 2005


Dr. Daniel Swan, “Peyotism and Native American Religion”, April 2005                                        ^top

The Anthropology Club

also welcome:

Dr. Andrew Mickelson, University of Memphis;

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Rhodes College


Terri Mason, Christian Brothers University                                                                                ^top

By Rebecca Puckett

The Anthropology Club has been busy this year. We decided early last semester to hold a series of talks to help the new crop of graduate students get to know the professors. We also held a seminar on our graduate program, helping undergraduates learn about what we do as graduate students and can hope to do for our careers. Recently we had a club dinner at India Palace, just to spend time together doing something fun! Welcome to our new club members. It may have taken us a semester but we finally decided on a design for official UMAC T-shirts. Now we can show our UMAC pride in style! 

Officers 2004-2005

President-Rebecca Puckett

Vice President- Wendy Bartlo

Secretary-Bridgette Collier

Treasurer-John Barrie

Social Secretary-Stephanie Harrison

Constitution Secretary-Amy Stevens    


By Dan Swan

Chucalissa Museum completed the last fiscal year with improved attendance and financial performance, signs that we are doing a better job of attracting new audiences and meeting the expectations of our visitors. In the past year we completed the removal of the reconstructed village and have deployed a range of new devices to interpret the site to a broad public. Our accomplishments in this area include the publication of a new visitor’s guide, development of outdoor interpretive signage, improvements to the nature trail and implementation of a new, multi-media program in the auditorium to introduce our visitors to Mississippian culture and its representation at Chucalissa.

Choctaw Dancers of Ada, Oklahoma 2005 Choctaw Heritage Festival Chucalissa Museum

Chucalissa was the recipient of numerous grants and awards over the past year, contributing much needed resources for facilities enhancement, program development and marketing. The Friends of Chucalissa, Daughters of the American Revolution, Fed Ex, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, International Paper, Nike, South Winds Garden Club and many other corporations, individuals and organizations contributed resources to further our redevelopment initiatives at Chucalissa.

The museum has been working to advance our NAGPRA compliance status through the production of an expanded collections inventory and continued site consultations with tribal officials and representatives. These activities have also provided valuable training and educational experiences for students in Anthropology, Earth Sciences and History.

Among our many public programs, the annual Choctaw Heritage Festival deserves special mention based on the tremendous participation we have experienced over the past two years from the Choctaw communities of Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In August 2005, over 200 Choctaw people traveled to Chucalissa to present traditional dance, music, food and art to a large public audience. I would like to recognize the community of Standing Pine, on the Mississippi Reservation, for their continued support of this signature event at Chucalissa. We are working to expand the Choctaw Heritage event establish a premier folklife festival to celebrate Southeastern Native American culture and history.

Our continued efforts to redevelop Chucalissa and its associated educational programs will focus in the coming year on a project to reopen the Entrance Trench building and to physically connect this facility to the C. H. Nash Museum. This capital project will restore and stabilize the Entrance Trench—the largest open trench exhibit in the United States— and return it to the visitor experience at Chucalissa. The project will also create expanded exhibition and visitor service spaces in the C. H. Nash Museum and contribute to ADA compliance at the site.

Juan Salinas leads students in Aztec Social Dances, Native American Heritage Days 2005


University of Memphis at the 2004 SfAAs

Linda Bennett chaired and participated in “Tenure and Promotion in Applied Anthropology.” She also participated in “Transformational Anthropology: An AAA/SfAA roadmap,” presenting the paper “Anthropology and its Publics: Communities, Researchers, Policy Makers.” 

Melissa Checker presented “Possibilities and Hazards in Participatory Risk Research.

Beth DeBlanc presented a poster “Political Expression in the Youth Community.”

Ruthbeth Finerman chaired and participated in “Illness and the Culture of Health,” presenting the paper “Speaking of Health: How Medical Interpreters Experience and Filter Illness Narratives.” She was also a discussant in “Multidisciplinary Approaches to HIV Prevention Research.”

Sarah Frith presented the paper “Social Marketing and Microinsurance in Uganda.” 

William Hanley presented a paper “Intersexed Individuals and Health Issues.”

Marla Robertson attends the poster session at the 2005 SfAA Meetings

Jane Henrici chaired and participated in “Tourism and Community in Memphis” presenting the paper “Corridors of Trade and Tourism in Memphis.” This session included Marla Robertson “What Lies Beneath: Elmwood Cemetery in History, Community and Tourism,” Alan Sefton “Elvis and Baseball: Profits and Nonprofits in the Memphis Tourism Business,” and Daniel Swan “Choctaws, Chucalissa and Cultural Tourism: Forging Native American Identities in West Tennessee.”

Lindsay Wetmore presents a poster at the 2005 SfAA meetings

Stan Hyland presented “Integrating Service Learning into the Research and Community Agenda.” with Amy Williams.

Elizabeth Jacob, Kyle Olin and Amy Williams presented a poster “Bridging  Service Gaps with Digital Technology: Steps toward Interconnected Community Information Portals.” 

Satish Kedia chaired and participated in “Applied Anthropology in the Study of Drug-Use,” presenting the paper “Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Rehabilitation of Multiple DUI Offenders.”

Stasa Plecas presented the University of Memphis Anthropology Department poster.

Lindsay Wetmore presented a poster “Healthy Eating on the Loop: Community-based Nutrition Research in Memphis, TN.”  ^top

Faculty Publications (In Press & Published)

Linda Bennett

2004. “Moonshine: Anthropological Perspectives.” Moonshine Markets: Issues in Unrecorded Alcohol Beverage Production and Consumption, Alan Haworth and Ronald Simpson, eds.

2005. “Family Ritual and Routine: an Exploratory Study Comparing Clinical and Non-clinical Families.” Journal of Child and Family Studies. Laurel J. Kiser, Linda Bennett, Jerry Heston, and Marilyn Paavola.

2005. “Applied Anthropology.” Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Satish Kedia and Linda A. Bennett, UNESCO.

2005. “Introduction: Advancing a Conceptual Framework for Community Building.” Community Building in the 21st Century, Stanley H. Hyland and Linda A. Bennett Stanley H. Hyland, Ed.

2005. “Health and Medicine” Applied Anthropology:

Domains of Application. Linda M. Whiteford and Linda A. Bennett, Satish Kedia and John van Willigen, eds.

Melissa Checker

2005. Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town. New York University Press.

2005. “Responsibility and Liability: What do Anthropologists Need to Know?” Anthropology News (November).

2005. “Environmental Justice Pushed Backwards by Bush Administration” Anthropology News (October).

2005. “From Friend to Foe and Back Again: Industry and Environmental Action in the Urban South.” Special Issue, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 34, no. 1.

2005. “Introduction”. Special Issue, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 34, no. 1:1-5.

Ruthbeth Finerman

2004. Mary Campbell, Emily Emigh. Cultural Diversity Training Manual. Le Bonheur Medical Interpreter Training Program, 85. 2004-2005 SfAA Membership (4 columns) SfAA Newsletter.

2005. “WHO Cocaine Project: A Key Informant Study in 20 Countries.” Washington, DC: National Institute on Drug Abuse, (waiting release clearance  by US State Department).

2006. “Speaking of Health: How Medical Interpreters Experience and Filter Illness Narratives.” IN: Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology, 2nd Edition. Peter Brown, editor. London: Mayfield.

Jane Henrici

2006. Angel, Ronald, Laura Lein, and How the Other Half Heals: Poor Families in America’s Health Care Crisis, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming September. 

2006. Going it Alone: U.S. Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, University of Arizona Press, forthcoming September. Ed. Jane Henrici.

2006. “Agencies of Change: Non-profit Organization Workers following Welfare Reform,” Going it Alone: U.S. Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, University of Arizona Press, forthcoming September. 

2006. Henrici, Jane, Laura Lein, and Ronald Angel. “Women, Working and Welfare: Introduction.” Going it Alone: U.S. Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, University of Arizona Press, forthcoming September.

2006. Henrici, Jane and E. Carol Miller. “Work First, Then What? Families and Job Training after Welfare Reform.” Going it Alone: U.S. Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, University of Arizona Press, forthcoming September.

Stanley Hyland

2005. Community Building in the Twenty-First Century. Santa Fe, New Mexico: School of American Research Press, Editor. 

2005. “Introduction: Advancing a Conceptual Framework for Community Building” Community Building in the Twenty-First Century, with Linda Bennett.

2005. “Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods and Bridging the Digital Divide.” Community Building in the Twenty-First Century, with M. Owens.

2005. “Implications for Anthropologists.” Community Building in the Twenty-First Century.

2005. “Evaluation Anthropology in Community Development/Community Building.” Creating Evaluation Anthropology, with Robert Brimhall. NAPA Bulletin Number 24, University of California Press. M. Butler and J. Copeland-Carson, eds.

2005. “Lead Hazard Control Interim evaluation report 1,” with Joy Clay and Susan Schmidt. Shelby County Government, TN. 

2005. “UPTOWN HOPE VI Final Evaluation Report, with Phyllis Betts, J. Blakemore, T. K. Buchanan, Cynthia Sadler. Memphis Housing Authority.

Satish Kedia

2005. Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. (in press) Satish Kedia and John van Willigen, eds. 

2005. “Applied Anthropology: Context for domains of application.” Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application. Satish Kedia and J. van Willigen, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. (in press).

2005. “Emerging trends in applied anthropology.” Applied Anthropology: Domains of Application. Satish Kedia and John van Willigen, eds. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. (in press). 

2005. “Practicing Anthropology.” Encyclopedia of Anthropology. H. J. Birx, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (in press).

2005. “Careers in Anthropology.” Encyclopedia of Anthropology. H. J. Birx, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. (in press).

2005. “Applied Anthropology.” Anthropology, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). Oxford, UK: EOLSS (UNESCO). with Linda Bennett.

2005. “Factors associated with client-collateral agreement in substance abuse post-treatment self-reports.” Addictive Behaviors 30 (July): 1086–1099.

2005. Substance abuse treatment effectiveness in Tennessee: 2003–2004 statewide treatment outcomes evaluation. Memphis, TN: Institute for Substance

Abuse Treatment Evaluation, The University of Memphis. 

2005. Tennessee ADAT-DUI outcomes evaluation 2003–2004. Memphis, TN: Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation, The University of Memphis.

Daniel Swan

2004. Art of the Osage. with Garrick Bailey. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2005. Book Review, Voices From the Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of North American Indian Literature. Journal of Western Folklore. In press. 

Charles Williams

2005. “Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Ethnography,” Demolition Monitoring at Lamar Terrace (40SY695-697), Memphis, Tennessee. PanAmerican Consultants, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee with Naketa Edney.

2005. Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE) Annual Report of Outcomes: Fiscal 2004/05, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Health.

2005. Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE) Annual Reports to Agencies, Fiscal 2004/05, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Health.

2005. Office of Minority Health Black Health Initiatives Program Outcomes: Annual Reports of Outcomes for Minority Health-2004-05, Office of Minority Health, Tennessee Department of Health.

2005. Office of Minority Health Black Health Initiatives Program Outcomes: Annual Reports to Agencies-2004-05, Office of Minority Health, Tennessee Department of Health.

2005. Tennessee HIV/STD Prevention Evaluation Study, 2004, Tennessee Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Community Services Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  ^top

“Trading Justice”, The North American Research and Action Network, and the I-69 Project
By Jane Henrici

In March 2005, Dr. Jane Henrici and Dr. Melissa Checker co-organized with other University of Memphis faculty the “Trading Justice” symposium at the University of Memphis with funding from Center for Research on Women (CROW), the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, and both an Academic Achievement and a Public Service Award. Following the enormous success of the symposium, and the work of Dr. Barbara Ellen Smith as Director of CROW, Dr. Henrici has coordinated the establishment of the North American Research and Action Network (NARAN).

Three eminent scholars in issues of Free Trade and Social Justice have agreed to serve as advisors and contacts for the Network: Drs. Marjorie Griffin Cohen in Canada, Ann Kingsolver in the U.S., and Isidro Morales in Mexico. The goal of NARAN is to link researchers and activists concerned with issues of free trade and its effects, including those that are anticipated in the Memphis area with the forthcoming NAFTA corridor of Interstate Highway -69 (I-69). During the summer of 2005, anthropology major Jason Hodges conducted an independent project with Dr. Henrici to document visually the baseline appearance of the communities and space where I-69 will be constructed around Memphis, adding to the work begun by anthropology graduate student Beth DeBlanc during Spring Semester. Under Dr. Henrici’s guidance and supervision, Jason produced a research report, a photo database with an original archiving system, and designed the website for NARAN and I-69.

 As Jason describes his work, “Dr. Henrici and I began to compile a comprehensive database that would allow both present and future researchers access to photographs and descriptions that document the chronological stages of the Interstate’s construction. Along with absorbing information about digital archiving, I followed an extensive reading list provided by Dr. Henrici in order to better understand the actors involved in bringing I-69 to Memphis as well as the overall economic impact the future Interstate might have on the region.”

Dr. Henrici and Dr. Stephen Scanlan in Sociology received a Hooks Working Group to edit and upload to a website for public access and education the videotapes that Dr. Michael Schmidt and his Center for Multimedia Arts team produced of the March conference papers about free trade effects, received a unanimous vote of support from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change review committee. Dr. Henrici currently supervises CMA Graduate Assistant John Harvey on that project; the NARAN-CROW website, with the results of the work by all of the students involved researching free trade effects in general and I-69 in particular, should be up by December 2005.

Meanwhile, Dr. Henrici, Jason, and graduate students Laura Christenbury and Tammy Prater, in Anthropology and Women’s Studies respectively, continue to take photos and extend contacts with civic and other groups responding to the plans and changes regarding I-69. Some of these groups are in other states where the NAFTA corridor will be constructed, and these and students in Dr. Checker’s course, Race, Class & Environment will work with Drs. Henrici and Checker to learn more about the potential effects of the corridor and conduct original interviews with affected community members. (If you are interested in working with this project, please contact Dr. Henrici at

Jane Henrici speaks at the I-69 Symposium


Alum Stephanie Uselton gets down to business in Memphis
By Stephanie Uselton

I graduated in December 2004 and had no idea what type of work I wanted to do, nor what type of work would be available to me with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. I applied for government jobs in rural housing and immigration as well as several non-profit agencies. Many of the non-profits required at least 2-3 years of experience so I was quite surprised when I was called back for a second interview with Foundations Associates. I work as a Case Manager for a dual diagnosis treatment facility. Our organization currently has five different grants: Jail Diversion 1& 2 (IOP), HIV TCE (IOP), Drug Court Fed Probation/ ADAT- A & D Residential Block Grant/ Homeless Intensive Case Management. I work on the Homeless Team that is comprised of four case managers each with a different specialty such as Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Housing, Benefits and Vocational. I am the benefits and vocational specialist for the team and work with all the clients, whether I am the primary case manager or not, to make sure that they are receiving every benefit they for which they are eligible such as Food Stamps, TennCare, SSI /SSDI, Veteran’s benefits, etc. I work out in the field 80-95% of the time which means I am at the shelters/ missions/ drop-in centers, Department of Human Services, Social Security Office, VA, local churches and community centers, etc. My job is to make sure that our clients who are chronically homeless receive medical and mental health care and medication, alcohol/drug treatment, housing that provides a positive environment for recovery and stabilization and finally to gain the tools necessary to live independently. All of the programs at Foundations work together to provide the necessary care for each individual. I recently got to experience one of my clients being housed for the first time in four years and it was amazing. Not all of our clients will be with us for the duration but our Homeless grant is for a five-year period. I never thought this would be what I would end up doing, but I really enjoy it and have found my degree in Anthropology to be essential. Currently we are hiring for a range of positions. If anyone is interested, please contact me, Stephanie Uselton, at  ^top

Thanks to our Superstar Student Workers

Toya Avant &

Stephanie Harrison



Dr. Melissa Checker won the Donovan Travel Award, page 3.

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman won the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, page 5.

Dr. Jane Henrici won a Fullbright Scholar Award, page 4.

Dr. Stan Hyland won the Engaged Scholarship Award, page 6.

Dr. Satish Kedia and Dr. Charles Williams won the Summit Award, pages 7 and 9.

Dr. Daniel Swan won an award from the Friends of Chucalissa, and the Outstanding Book Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society, page 8.  ^top

Anthropology Research Laboratory
By Ruthbeth Finerman

The Department of Anthropology at The University of Memphis is nationally recognized for its program in applied anthropology. It offers advanced training in engaged scholarship, which builds knowledge and, at the same time, improves the quality of life in communities. As part of our continued growth, we have launched a new Anthropology Research Laboratory. The lab offers scholars from across the university access to a resource center for engaged studies. Civic leaders and members of the public are also invited to use the facility, to build skills that will help them better understand and address the needs of neighborhoods and communities. The laboratory serves as a center for community-based research, service-learning, internships and experiential education. The facility features training programs and workshops in qualitative and quantitative ethnographic methods, and tools for data collection and analysis in research projects. Features include: resources for interview, focus group, and systematic observation activities; digital audio recording and text analysis; ethnographic video recording and editing; ethnographic mapping; ethnographic applications of geographic information systems (GIS); internet database mining; webpage development; the production of PowerPoint and electronic poster presentations; and desktop publishing. Through this effort a critical mass of faculty and students from different schools and departments can collaborate to fulfi ll a broad range of research and instructional goals. Representatives from the public are also be encouraged to use the laboratory as a hub for continuing education, and to facilitate projects that advance the goals of culturally informed development and a better quality of life. We welcome your suggestions and support to make the new Anthropology Research Laboratory a model for partnership and outreach. Contact the Department of Anthropology at 901-678-2080 or visit us at http://  ^top

Congratulations to Our Graduates!!

Masters of Arts

Sarah Frith

Lindsay K. Wetmore

Kelly Krull

Bachelor of Arts

May 2005

Brigitte Nicole Billeaudeaux

Christine Diane Kavelaras

Michael Gregory Nabors Jr.

Amy Lynn Powers

John P Ricci

Monika Shunta Shelton

Micaela T Soto

Nhung Thi Truong

August 2005

Jeremy J Holloway

Emily D Kickham


Amy Powers Wins Honors Program Award
by Jane Henrici

Amy Powers additionally completed a thesis in partial fulfillment of her degree with University Honors. She met regularly during fall and spring last year with Dr. Dan Swan and me, her advisor, in order to design and implement her original ethnographic research project. Amy used a systematic literature review of gender, work, and material culture heritage, as well as extensive participant observations and interviews, in order to document and analyze a local, home-based, and traditional sewing company. Her completed thesis,  “Cultural Continuity in a Contemporary Urban Business” is of high quality: Dr. Swan and I have recommended that she submit it for publication. On April 18, 2005, Amy won the Outstanding Senior Award for the Honors Program, and learned that day that she had been accepted into the graduate program of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis where she currently works toward her Master’s degree. ^top


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