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Department Newsletter Spring 2002

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From Department Chair, Dr. David Dye

This has been a banner year for our department. I am very excited about a number of things. We have hired two excellent faculty members. Welcome to Jane Henrici, an applied anthropologist who comes to us from the University of Texas Center for Social Work Research, and Kent Reilly, an art historian and archaeologist from Southwest Texas State University’s Anthropology Department. Dr. Reilly is the new director of the Chucalissa Archaeological Museum in Memphis. Also joining our staff is Regina Rastall, the new Assistant to the Chair. We are delighted to have each of these very talented faculty and staff with us. In the very near future, we hope to add two additional anthropologists to the faculty: an urban anthropologist and a public archaeologist.

Our faculty and graduate students are involved in an impressive array of activities that blend quality teaching, applications of anthropology, and outreach to the community in medical anthropology, urban anthropology, and public archaeology. The department has a renewed sense of energy, enthusiasm, and cooperation brought about by our faculty and staff with their teaching, research, and outreach efforts. I invite you to read this newsletter to learn about our activities and to visit our web site for more information. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and other feedback.  ^ top

Anthropology Graduate Honored As Outstanding Alumna

In October 2001, the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Chapter of The University of Memphis Alumni Association held its Fifth Annual Awards Dinner, honoring Margaret Craddock as Outstanding Alumna at the Plaza Club of Memphis. Craddock, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, received her M.A. in Urban Anthropology from The University of Memphis in 1982 and then a law degree from the University in 1988. Because Margaret is one of our own, we are especially proud to highlight her accomplishments in this newsletter. What follows is the tribute by her former professor, Stan Hyland, and then Margaret’s own reflections from that evening. For those in attendance, these words represented the strengths of individual anthropologists as well as the strengths of our program.  ^ top

A Tribute to Margaret Craddock and Practicing Anthropologistsby Dr. Stan Hyland

Thanks to the planning team of the Memphis Alumni Association of the College of Arts and Sciences for their efforts that resulted in this pleasant evening at the Plaza Club. I am honored to introduce Margaret Craddock as outstanding alumna of the College of Arts and Sciences because of her ongoing commitment to issues related to social justice, participatory democracy, and the application of knowledge to critical societal issues. In addition, Margaret is a caring person who listens to the concerns and hopes of others.

I also feel challenged to introduce Margaret because she refuses to be singled out for her personal accomplishments. In fact, that was one of the conditions that I agreed to in introducing Margaret this evening. After discussing this dilemma with her husband Bill and Linda Bennett, we jointly came upon a strategy that we thought would put Margaret’s accomplishments in the context of building a better city and celebrating the many partnerships that Margaret has helped to create and nurture. In addition to her wonderful family, three of the rocks of these partnerships are her church, Calvary Episcopal, her neighborhood, Central Gardens, and her work, the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA). As many of you are aware, the Metropolitan InterFaith Association is the largest provider of social services in Memphis today, serving over 60,000 clients, mainly the frail elderly, families in crisis, and children and youth.

Stan Hyland and Margaret Craddock at Awards Dinner

The MIFA is unique in its emphasis on volunteers, drawing upon the talents of some 17,000 volunteers representing over 300,000 hours last year. MIFA is also Stan Hyland and Margaret Craddock at the Plaza Club unique in rethinking its mission and expanding its vision. In addition to the delivery of social services such as meals on wheels, MIFA has become a national leader in providing transitional housing for the homeless that builds confidence and skills. Similarly, MIFA is partnering with the Memphis Housing Authority to design a coordinated case management system that enables residents to find employment opportunities. MIFA has also pioneered neighborhood outreach through a community building approach that values the talents of the residents.

Unique is MIFA’s strategy to meet its mission through solid, sustainable partnerships. For 20 years, MIFA and Memphis Light, Gas, and Water have collaborated on assisting Memphians in need with meeting the costs of their utility bills through efforts such as the Plus One Program and Handyman Program. Today, MIFA is embarking on new partnerships with Elvis Presley Enterprises, in providing transitional housing for the homeless, and Les Passees, in developing a comprehensive childcare center. MIFA continues to forge new partnerships and approaches to social issues with local foundations, churches, and even The University of Memphis. Even though Margaret did not become the Executive Director of MIFA until 1997, the MIFA-University of Memphis relationship began in the early 1980s. Perhaps to your surprise I should point out that it started out awkwardly—maybe with a high degree of distrust.

Both MIFA and the Department of Anthropology were intent on innovating an agenda with neighborhood groups. In the 1970s and 80s, neighborhood activists were not viewed by city officials as people you wanted to hang out with. On the one hand, MIFA had innovated a neighborhood history project and was advocating more outreach to forgotten neighborhoods. On the other hand, faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology were writing a series of neighborhood ethnographies and advocating for neighborhood empowerment and governmental change. Neither was trustful of the others’ motives.

Into this mix Margaret entered the M.A. program in 1980. Having been actively involved in Central Gardens, she quickly became a contributor to the growing knowledge base of grassroots activity and community development. She, along with another graduate student, Bridget Ciaramitaro, concluded her academic program with a practicum at MIFA. During this practicum, they innovated a series of joint efforts between MIFA and the University. One of their efforts resulted in partnership with the City of Memphis and the creation of the Center for Neighborhoods. Another of their efforts led to a partnership with MLGW and the Shelby County government in the redesign of their weatherization program for inner-city neighborhoods. Another of their efforts was in the development of a neighborhood food co-op.

What I observed during this exciting period of time was that Margaret’s work, along with other students’, was changing the Department of Anthropology. Students through their internships were changing how we thought and behaved. Specifically, their experiences were finding their way into our course materials through their writings. The research questions, including the researcher’s role, were rethought. Their efforts were also involving more students in new outreach efforts. Over the subsequent twenty plus years, MIFA and the Department of Anthropology have sustained this partnership through numerous interns and special projects. Some examples include Peter Webb’s work with the elderly, Olliette Murray and Steve Barlow’s projects on neighborhood outreach, and Emily Passini’s efforts in community building.

Today, Daphne Collins continues that tradition in an effort with public housing residents and their visions. These student interns have generated new ideas and new programs and in turn have revitalized our department and our faculty. On behalf of the Department of Anthropology, The College of Arts & Sciences, and The University of Memphis, we would like to thank you and your fellow practicing anthropologists, many of whom are here tonight, for helping us build a university that bridges the building of knowledge to the community, as well as the application of that knowledge through time. ^ top

Margaret Craddock’s Reflections by Margaret Craddock

This is an extraordinary evening in a spectacular setting that represents the very best of Memphis and the way this City of Good Abode is developing. And it is a wonderful honor for MIFA, the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and the Anthropology Department, for the University, for Chris Spindel, who has been such a gracious friend of the University and the Philosophy Department, and for me – twice the non-traditional student. It is a time to lift up the importance of the University to the people of Memphis and its economy. The University contributes greatly to the diversity in the community through its professors and student body. It is a reservoir of energy that releases its power along many channels.

MIFA is just one of the thousands of channels into which University of Memphis graduates and students come to make a difference. We are probably a fairly typical employer in that nearly everyone with a graduate or undergraduate degree has received that degree from the University or they have attended classes there. The University of Memphis graduates guide our financial management, raise funds and friends, do legal work, orchestrate public relations, work in nursing homes, develop communities, interact with congregations, and deliver social services. The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy is such an important addition to this picture because of its focus on outreach and collaboration among many departments. SUAPP’s work with the transformation process of the Memphis Housing Authority is one example.

And now Dr. Shirley Raines has brought an exciting new level of energy and vision to the University. She understands and communicates the benefit of university linkages with the community. This lively vision is terribly important in the current economic situation with our problematic state support. The University’s community connections are constantly helping organizations like MIFA solve urban social problems. There are numerous examples. An event that took place day before yesterday in a meeting room at MIFA is a great illustration. University of Memphis professors Phyllis Betts, Stan Hyland, and John Gilmore, another urban anthropologist, were meeting with residents of the Peabody Vance neighborhood.

This area of 7,500 people right around the MIFA headquarters has the distinction of being the poorest in the city—with a median income of $9,000. MIFA staff, several student interns, and residents who have seen a lot of things come and go in the inner city around Foote and Cleaborn Homes were learning how to write a neighborhood history as a way to document and communicate what is great about a part of town that many would soon forget. These women have probably never set foot on any university campus, but they were engaged in a rather advanced lecture on urban studies, and they offered wonderful insight into how many wrong things, most of them driven by public policy, have happened in a good place. After the completion of training, these women will go forth along Tate, Boyd, and St. Paul Avenues and collect oral histories from other residents to be compiled in a work that will create neighborhood pride. Every time a professor serves on a community board, gets a student involved in an internship, or helps an organization with a research project, valuable ties are created that help students apply lectures and textbook readings and strengthen the grassroots fabric of Memphis.

More and more agencies like MIFA are needed to become the university’s partners to deliver this very valuable applied experience to students. We can give life to the textbooks and case studies and show the real meaning of appropriate charity as the elderly are fed and of social justice as a few low income women are given the tools that will empower them and help them write a history that will fuel neighborhood change. Some of you may be wondering exactly what anthropology has to do with all of this. To me it has been a way to understand the complex urban situation through its focus on the importance of bringing everyone into the development process. Working with the power structure is not enough; the marginalized must be listened to and given a voice.

This honor has made me reflect on my time in the Anthropology Department. I got into some unusual things that have been very important to my work at MIFA because of the different understandings I gained through the kinds of people I met. One of my tasks was to learn more about the kinds of things that organize people. So I chose to study food co-ops. Coincidentally, this was at the time when someone was tampering with bottles of Tylenol. The co-ops had names like Cracked Wheat and Fed Up. But the most vigorous one was the Survivors. They had started under the auspices of their church, but they were in danger of dying because the pastor refused to let non-church members join. So the feisty Survivors leaders left the church sponsorship to add new members because they needed to increase their buying power with the Ozark Food Distribution Company. The thing that brought all of these co-op people together was a concern about food purity, something we probably should be thinking about today.

Then there was the rather extended project with St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral that resulted in the formation of a community group that still exists--SMART, the St. Mary’s Manassas Alabama Redevelopment Team. I was working with Jim Boyd, currently the director of Bridges, who was then the urban minister for the Episcopal Diocese. Our job was to learn about this neighborhood and present a story to the church that would show the members the importance of neighborhood involvement. We spent a summer with Charlie Pugh, the energetic, elderly MIFA photographer, walking the streets, talking with anyone who would talk and seeing what it’s like to rent from a slumlord. I will never forget the young mother in an apartment on Alabama Street whose diapered baby crawled in the filthy, standing water on her floor. But the highlight of that experience was the group of streetcorner guys who passed the time every day in a little living room they assembled under a tree on an empty lot. One day we approached them to see what was happening and snapped a picture of the most wasted looking one holding a Tropicana cup up to his face.

You would assume it was some inappropriate beverage, but in fact it was turnip seeds for the group’s community garden. Progress has to be made level by level, and I think these examples reveal that everyone has an important story that makes a difference in the way the city grows. That’s what anthropology is about--the importance of pushing beyond the façade to gain the grassroots perspective, and that is what all cities need. I hope that more people will pay attention.   ^ top

Dr. Hyland Honored with Award

In 2000, Dr. Stan Hyland was aarded the Love Community Service Award by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the highest outreach award for persons in higher education in Tennessee, for his substantial and innovative contributions to community development. Dr. Hyland is currently working with the Memphis Housing Authority and the Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development to develop a comprehensive plan for the transformation of public housing in Memphis. ^ top

The Department Welcomes Two New Faculty by Lane Wilkins

Dr. Jane Henrici

In its beginning years in the 21st Century, the Department of Anthropology at The University of Memphis is expanding its Urban Program in Applied Anthropology. One of the steps in this direction is addition of a new faculty, Dr. Jane Henrici. She received her Ph.D. in Socio-cultural and Economic Anthropology with a Minor in Museum Studies in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin. Her specialization in issues of applied research on urban poverty and economic development, with a particular emphasis on gender and ethnicity, confirms the department’s interest in these areas.

With a publication track record in Peru, England, and the United States, as well as being versed in the quality of classroom lecture, Dr. Henrici encourages students to study how societies in different parts of the world respond to conditions of poverty. This is demonstrated by her dissertation analyzing the use of traditional handicrafts within tourism development as a form of social aid in Peru. Her doctoral and subsequent research and writing also shows her interest in relationships between the nongovernmental, nonprofit sector and issues of ethnicity and gender. Her most recent publication discusses the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at the Texas-Mexico border; future research will examine the possible effects on local communities as NAFTA passes through the Memphis region.

Dr. Henrici’s research and publication background in racial and ethnic identity, feminist anthropology, theory and developmental studies, and the relationship between neighborhoods and poverty allows her to fulfill instructor requirements at both the undergraduate and graduate level. After having worked closely with Dr. Stan Hyland, Director of School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Dr. Henrici is now the instructor for Neighborhood Development and Poverty, previously taught and developed by Drs. Hyland and David Cox. Already an excellent course, it has been enhanced by Dr. Henrici’s experience with the project, Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study. As a research scientist for this project, Dr. Henrici can provide invaluable insight into the study of poverty trends among low-income families with small children in the United States. Her experience of being a member of this national-level study can advance the course towards Dr. Hyland’s design goal of understanding the complexities of community poverty.

Dr. Henrici’s vitae makes it clear that she is highly diversified and has worked diligently towards her Ph.D. It has been a journey well traveled and one that has always been concerned with people and how they might be affected by societal and economic conditions. The University of Memphis and the City of Memphis, including Shelby County, is pleased to have Dr. Henrici among us. She is an invaluable resource for our inner-city neighborhoods, especially our primary school system. Already, Dr. Henrici has adapted to the needs of the Memphis community by becoming a part of the Wang Center of International Business project team to propose a method of introducing globalization curricula at the elementary and middle school levels in Memphis schools.

She also has agreed to serve on two local advisory boards: with La Maestra, a new organization that will work to provide resources for lower-income Latinos in Memphis, and with the Women’s Studies Program of The University of Memphis. Dr. Henrici is always available to talk to students about their interest in applied anthropology. ^ top

The Department Welcomes Two New Faculty by Lane Wilkins

Dr. Frank Kent Reilly III

Dr. Reilly believes the early exposure he was afforded through a book on Mayan statues, The Wonderful World of Archaeology, given to him by his Aunt Barbara, is one of the primary reasons he decided to pursue art history and archaeology. Although he was only ten years old when he received this gift, Dr. Reilly lived in a home where he was motivated to read, enabling him to understand the contents of the book. It is this understanding that is still with him, as he talks about his hopes and desires for the Chucalissa Archaelogical Museum.

Coming to The University of Memphis from Southwest Texas University, Dr. Reilly is excited about his plans for Chucalissa. As the new director, he has short- and longrange plans for enhancing this Native American museum. However, his main goal is renovation since a new roof is needed and the Native American village life exhibit needs refurbishing. The Choctaw community is enthusiastic about the future of Chucalissa, according to Dr. Reilly. This enthusiasm has to do with plans to establish Chucalissa as a conference center and repository and to have both permanent and rotating exhibits. Dr. Reilly and his staff hope the positive changes will bring about an influx of tourists and educators to Chucalissa.

In January of 2001, Dr. Reilly published the article, “Paths to Heaven, Ropes to Earth; Birds, Jaguars, and Cosmic Cords in the Formative Period of Mesoamerica,” in a national anthropological magazine, Ancient America. Although an accomplished writer, lecturer, scholar, archaeologist, and art historian, Dr. Reilly takes little credit for his achievements. He states his greatest pride comes from the success of his students, including those who go on to use their qualities and abilities to succeed as doctoral candidates.

Dr. Reilly is an intense scholar who maintains a respect for the simplistic beauty of discovered history that is thousands of years old. This is what makes him the perfect personality to lead Chucalissa into the future. He is cheerful and never allows despondency to darken his perspective of what can be accomplished through effort and desire. The art of successful museum management requires the applied practice of being able to visualize different methodologies that can be used to present history in various contexts. Not only is Dr. Reilly an institution for this thinking process, he teaches, advises, and serves on thesis committees, as well as presents cultural history in an innovative and creative manner.

Encouraging all to visit Chucalissa, Dr. Reilly smiles and teasingly threatens to put visitors to work. He looks forward to undergraduate and graduate anthropology students, volunteering to help move Chucalissa in the direction of a new future. His office is always open, and he welcomes ideas that would allow Chucalissa to better serve the community. ^ top

Our Faculty

Dr. Linda Bennett, Professor & Associate Dean, College Of Arts And Sciences

Dr. Bennett began studying alcoholism in American families through a number of grant-funded projects in the 1970s through the mid-1980s. She undertook fieldwork in former Yugoslavia (especially Croatia, but also Slovenia and Serbia) on alcoholism and collaborative research on biocultural microevolution of contemporary populations. During the 1992-93 academic year, she worked on a study of the diagnosis and classification of alcohol and drug use and abuse cross-culturally for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and she continues to work on analyzing the data and publishing the findings from the study.

After joining the faculty in 1986, Dr. Bennett served as chair of the Department of Anthropology from July 1994 until January 1998, when she became Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the past president (1999-2001) of the Society of Applied Anthropology (SfAA), past president (1993-1995) of the National Association for Practicing Anthropology (NAPA), and past president (1984-85) of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA). Dr. Bennett initiated the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs in 2000 and serves as chair of its member departments.  ^ top

Dr. Thomas Collins, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Collins has investigated the modern American Indian community development, urban school desegregation, and labor market segmentation. The latter two studies were federally funded, multiyear projects. Currently he is completing a manuscript on structural change in the Memphis labor market since the civil rights movement. His teaching emphasis is technology and labor, educational anthropology, and cultural theory. Dr. Collins is past president of the Southern Anthropological Society and chaired the Department of Anthropology from 1977 through 1989.  
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Dr. David Dye, Associate Professor & Chair

Dr. Dye’s research interests include ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archaeological research in the Mid-South. Current research involves the analysis of artifacts from public and private collections in the Memphis area and an examination of iconography and warfare in the Southeast. Dr. Dye has been a faculty member at The University of Memphis since 1981. Since 1998, he has served as chair of the department. ^ top

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Associate Professor

Dr. Finerman specializes in research and teaching in applied medical anthropology, focusing on family health and care giving, international health services delivery, medical choice and change, human sexuality and childbirth, and mental health. Dr. Finerman has more than 20 years of fieldwork experience among indigenous and peasant populations in South and Central America, including a 20-year longitudinal study of medical change in Andean Ecuador. She has served as consultant or technical advisor on health projects for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Health Organization.

In Memphis, Dr. Finerman’s research focuses on health services delivery to immigrant, refugee, and minority populations. Projects include investigations of barriers to health services among Latino immigrants and economically disadvantaged populations, and training in cultural competency for the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department and other health providers.^ top

Dr. Jane Henrici, Assistant Professor

Dr. Henrici specializes in issues of applied research on urban poverty and development with a particular emphasis on gender and ethnicity. Her dissertation traced the history of the tourism industry and analyzed the use of handicrafts within ethnic tourism in Peru; subsequent research and publications focus on the intermediaries involved in this process within the private, non-governmental sector and how issues of ethnicity and gender are factors in this.

Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Memphis, Dr. Henrici was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Population Research Center and the Center for Social Work Research at the University of Texas at Austin, researching the lives of low-income families in San Antonio as part of a multidisciplinary and longitudinal project entitled Welfare, Children and Families: A Three-City Study. Dr. Henrici’s current work explores globalization and privatization with a focus on nonprofits and women from poorer communities throughout the Americas. ^ top

Dr. Stan Hyland, Associate Professor & Head, The School Of Urban Affairs And Public Policy

Dr. Hyland has focused his research on community building, particularly in its relation to grassroots economic activities. On a local level, his anthropological studies have included housing, neighborhood revitalization, new urbanism, evaluation, philanthropy, voluntary associations, and policy. Along with several graduate students, he is currently working on two monographs: “Community Building: A New Way of Doing Business in Memphis” and “Memphis Neighborhood Timeline: An Anthropological Perspective on Community Building”.

Dr. Hyland and Dr. David Cox co-direct a Community Outreach Partnership Center (funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) that focuses on neighborhood revitalization in an inner-city area. In addition, he and Dr. Cox serve as evaluators for the Memphis Housing Authority’s two Hope VI projects.
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Dr. Satish Kedia,
Assistant Professor & Director, Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Services (TOADS)

Dr. Kedia’s research interests include the health impacts of development projects, sociocultural and behavioral determinants of diseases, caregiving and compliance behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, health program evaluation, and social aging in India and the United States. His fieldwork experience in India spans from working among a polyandrous Khasa community in the Himalayas to observing the Tadavi peasants of the west coast.

In the past few years, Dr. Kedia has developed applied health projects in the Memphis area focusing on caregiving and compliance issues associated with pediatric HIV/AIDS and cerebral palsy. In 2000, he became the director of Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (TOADS), a state-funded evaluation research project, and has been conducting research on monitoring and evaluating alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities in the State of Tennessee. ^ top

Dr. Charles McNutt, Professor Emeritus

Dr. McNutt’s main area of interest is the archaeology of North America, with field work in the Southwest, Northern plains, Canadian Arctic, and Southeastern United States. Topical interests include anthropological theory and analysis, application of mathematical concepts in archaeology, and public archaeology or “cultural resource. ^ top

Dr. Frank Kent Reilly III, Associate Professor & Director, Chucalissa Archaeological Museum

Dr. Reilly is primarily a prehistorian, and his interests converge around the religion, art, and visual validation of the elite authority in New World chiefdoms and early states. Dr. Reilly’s primary areas of study are the cultures in Mesoamerica and the Eastern Woodlands of the precontact United States. Dr. Reilly spends a great deal of his research energy examining the art and symbols of the ancient Olmec (1200-400 B.C.), the Classic Period Maya (A.D. 200-900), and the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex (A.D. 1100-1350).

In 1995, Dr. Reilly was a guest curator and catalog contributor to the Princeton University exhibition, “The Olmec World: Art, Ritual, and Rulership.” Dr. Reilly has published articles on the ecological origin of Olmec symbols, the influence of Olmec symbols on the iconography of Maya rulership, and the origin and function of the Olmec symbol system. ^ top

Dr. Ellen Shlasko, Assistant Professor

Dr. Shlasko joined the faculty at The University of Memphis in the fall of 1998. An historical archaeologist, her research interests include the archaeology of African American communities, plantations, agricultural technology, and social status. In the past, Dr. Shlasko’s research focused on colonial and early federal South Carolina. She has worked on a number of archaeological projects near Charleston, South Carolina, including her dissertation fieldwork at Waterhorn Plantation in the Lowcountry. ^ top

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

Drawing upon an early interest in Third World cultures and the African Diaspora, Dr. Williams has developed active research interests in African American Studies, community health and addiction, religion, and urban issues. Dr. Williams served as founder and director of the African and African American Studies Program at The University of Memphis from 1998-2001.

Over the past fifteen years, he has directed various research projects dealing with community health, mental health, homelessness, religion, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, mutual aid societies, and economic development. Dr. Williams is very active with the local community and contributes to various organizations and groups in a variety of ways. ^ top

Our support Staff

Evell Ballard, Department Secretary

Evell has been serving The University of Memphis for the past 11 years and has been working for the Department of Anthropology since December 1997. She is dedicated and fully committed to her work and ensures that the department provides a cordial, collegiate environment for everyone. ^ top

Regina Rastall, Assistant to the Chair

Regina completed her M.A. in anthropology at The University of Memphis in 1984. She has been involved in museum work for the past several years, including the Wonders International Cultural Series, Chucalissa, and most recently the Art Museum at The University of Memphis. Regina joined the Anthropology Department as Assistant to the Chair in August 2001. “I am happy to be back in anthropology and find the work both challenging and rewarding,” says Regina. ^ top

Our Instructors

We appreciate our instructors for their significant contributions to the teaching mission of the department.

Tim Bolding

Ron Brister

John Gilmore

Gena Horton

Hanna Hudson

Claudia McFerren-Jones

Cindy Martin

Marcela Mendoza

Kaveh Safa

Michelle Safa

Ross Sackett

Hillari Sasse

Bryan Stetzer

Louella Weaver ^ top

Evell Recognized With Award for Outstanding Service

In 2000, department secretary Evell Ballard received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Full-time Clerical Employee, College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Memphis. ^ top

University Of Memphis Visibility in the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
by Dr. Linda Bennett

Faculty members, graduate students, and alumni from the Department of Anthropology had a notable presence at the 2002 Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-10. Over half of the faculty participated in the meetings (Ruthbeth Finerman, Jane Henrici, Stan Hyland, Satish Kedia, Ross Sackett, and Linda Bennett). In addition, the department had an impressive turnout of current graduate students (Eva Arbones, Daphne Collins, Pamela Davis, Gabrielle Jones, Frank Mannix, Michelle Owens, Emily Passini, Sara Perry, Jamie Turvey, and Saralyn Williams). Six alumni of the M.A. program were also on the SfAA program: Mairi Albertson (1998), Christina Blanchard-Horan (1996), Matt Edwards (1999), Jenny Key (1999), Chad Morris (2001), and Kimberlee Norwood (2000). Faculty members organized several sessions and panels, and most presented papers. Very importantly, most of the students and all alumni attending the meeting gave papers or posters. Ruthbeth Finerman served as program organizer for the program of the Society for Medical Anthropology, which met jointly with the SfAA.

Faculty members are actively involved in the leadership of the SfAA. Stan Hyland is on the board of directors, and Ruthbeth Finerman was elected to the board this year. Linda Bennett is past president of the Society. Satish Kedia is a cochair of the Internet Committee and a member of the International Standards Committee. Stan Hyland is editor of the SfAA-School of American Research Monograph on Rethinking Community: Community Building for the 21st Century. Ruthbeth Finerman chaired the Publications Committee through this past meeting.

Faculty, students, and alumni are happily anticipating the department’s contribution to the upcoming meetings in Portland, Oregon, in March 2003. Satish Kedia, Linda Bennett, and Charles Williams will be serving on the Program Committee. ^ top

U Of M Faculty on National Program Committee for SfAA 2003

Meeting In Portland, Oregon Building Bridges: Collaborating Beyond Boundaries

The 2003 Annual Meeting of the SfAA explores the collaborative efforts in anthropology and reports the research, ideas, and experiences of scholars and practitioners with diverse interests and backgrounds. The sessions, panel discussions, open forums, workshops, posters, and special sessions focus on ways anthropologists collaboratively work on complex issues with other professionals, practitioners, stakeholders, and diverse publics. The meeting seeks contributions in all areas of anthropological inquiry, especially in environmental conservation and sustainability, agriculture and development, migration and resettlement, health research and policy, education, urban planning and community development, technology and its social impact, ethnicity, gender, and class, business and work, society and the law, ethnic conflict and human rights, and cultural heritage and historic preservation.

In addition to highlighting anthropology’s linkages with other disciplines and areas of research and practice, the 2003 meeting addresses the significance of meaningful engagements across disciplinary and professional boundaries. To recognize and promote collaborative work conducted by anthropologists, we encourage you to participate in this meeting by building innovative bridges across these boundaries.

“Building Bridges: Collaborating Beyond Boundaries” exhibits the diversity and strengths of anthropologists and creates a vision of future collaborations with other professionals, researchers, agencies, and communities. This meeting helps uncover current trends and future paradigms for research, teaching, and application as well as their impacts on important policy issues and public debate. ^ top

SfAA National Program Committee 2003

Sunil K. Khanna, Oregon State University (Program Chair)

Satish Kedia, The University of Memphis

Linda Bennett, The University of Memphis

Charles Williams, The University of Memphis

Richard Wilk, Indiana University

John van Willigen, University of Kentucky

Art Hansen, Clark Atlanta University

Michael B. Whiteford, Iowa State University

Kreg T. Ettenger, Environ. Research & Communication

Amanda Ritchie, University of Maryland

M. Alehandra Colom, Friends Social Research Center ^ top

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman by Lane Wilkins

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman recently completed a study of barriers to health care among uninsured Latino immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee, for Access Projects/The Durham Foundation. She also just wrapped up a three-county study of barriers to mammography for Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. Recently, Dr. Finerman concluded her term of office on the Board of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), where she served as program chair for three different SMA meetings. This spring, she begins a three-year term on the board of directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Beyond these accomplishments, Dr. Finerman teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, advises students, personally knows the ambitions and career goals of each graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, and serves on thesis committees. Her classes encourage students to think independently and to support those processes through research and documentation. ^ top

Has Dr. McNutt Retired? by Lane Wilkins

Dr. McNutt may be retired, but his contributions and influences are still very much a part of the Anthropology Department. He is currently working with Debbie Shaw and Terry Childs on archaeology of Chickasawba. As a result of Dr. McNutt’s exposure, Debbie Shaw recently spoke on “Excavations at Chickasawba” in September at the Annual Meeting of the Missouri Archaeological Society.

The final touches are being put on the galley proofs of Histories of Southeastern Archaeology, being edited by two recent graduate students (Shannon Tushingham and Jane Hill), as well as Dr. McNutt. These students are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at U.California, Davis and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Recently, Shannon gave birth to a baby boy named Harrison.

Along with Ruth McWhirter and Marcia Taylor, Dr. McNutt attended the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. McNutt and Stephen Williams hosted the 2001 Mid-South Archaeological Conference last summer on The University of Memphis campus. Proceedings from this conference are currently being transcribed for publications. ^ top

From The Desk Of Dr. Ellen Shlasko

The past year has been a busy one for me. Not only did I find myself teaching and conducting typical University business, I also spent the winter working on several projects, including Civil War research in Shiloh, Tennessee. Then last spring I won a Faculty Research Grant to support my summer research in South Carolina.

This is a great project! I am searching for evidence of ethnic identity in gravestone inscriptions from the Early Federal Period South Carolina (roughly 1780-1830).

I spent the summer, visiting old country cemeteries in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Soon, the sun and the mosquitoes got the best of me–remember that the bravest of Historical Archaeologists will surrender to burning rays and stinging bites–and I retreated to the substantially more comfortable library at the South Carolina Huguenot Society. I recently presented preliminary results from that research at the annual meetings of the Society for Historical Archaeology in Mobile, Alabama. Not only did I present, but I also chaired a session on cemetery studies at the meetings. And through it all, there are my students and teaching! ^ top

Upcoming Field School Excitement by Dr. Ellen Shlasko

The Department of Anthropology is offering an Archaeological Field School this summer. We are staying close to home this summer, working at the Chucalissa Archaelogical Museum for four weeks (May 6-May 31). But despite what you might think, our research focus this summer is not the Native American occupation of the site! Instead, we are studying the African American tenant farmers who lived and worked in the area prior to the creation of TO. Fuller State Park and the Chucalissa Museum. The Field School provides six credit hours of undergraduate or graduate credit. Please contact the Department of Anthropology for more information. ^ top

Life Goes On…From The Keyboard of Dr. Satish Kedia

As I reflect on my short time in Memphis, it has been very rewarding. While continuing my research on resettlement and aging issues in India, I have also been conducting several research projects in the Mid-South dealing with behavioral aspects of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and cerebral palsy.

Last year, I was invited to a conference in Brazil on involuntary resettlement organized by the World Bank, where I presented my work on mental health impacts of forced displacement on the elderly. This coming summer, I will speak at an international resettlement conference in China about the health impacts of forced displacement. After this conference, I will travel to the Luzon region in the Philippines to collaborate with the International Rice Research Institute on a fieldwork project dealing with the health impacts of pesticide use among Philippine farmers. I also continue to serve on the executive committee of the International Network of Displacement and Resettlement and on the International Standards Committee of Policy Kiosk, an affiliate of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Between working on my research projects, teaching, writing, serving on committees, and helping with departmental responsibilities, I stay busy. ^ top

TOADS – It’s Growing!!!

The University of Memphis’s leadership in conducting state-of-the-art evaluation research continues with studying substance abuse treatment effectiveness in Tennessee. The Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Services (TOADS) has provided state policymakers and program administrators with outcome assessment for alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Tennessee since 1988. Dr. Charles Williams initiated TOADS and provided the leadership until 2000, when I was appointed the director of this project.

TOADS continues to grow with two new projects, one dealing with assessing DUI-convicted clients and the other with studying the demographic and substance abuse trends of clients throughout Tennessee. With substantial funding and eighteen staff members, these projects continue to make significant contributions to the community, especially to the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services at the Tennessee Department of Health. The recent report, Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome in Tennessee, will be released soon under the department’s Anthropological Occasional Paper Series. ^ top

Adherence Issues For Women With HIV/AIDS In The Mid-South

There is a hidden south in the Mid-South, one filled with suffering and despair for those who are unsuspecting victims of HIV and, for some, of full blown AIDS. Many have lost their battle with life since they were interviewed. With the help of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Loving Arms, a nonprofit agency serving the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDS, I recently completed two years of data collection and transcription for a study on the perceptions, mental health, coping, and caregiving issues among 50 women with HIV/AIDS, examining adherence for their complex and arduous medical regimen.

Jennifer Moore and Melinda Chow, two graduate students, assisted with the difficult task of interviewing these study participants. The majority of participants in this study were facing dual constraints, having both minority and low socio-economic status. Recently, I was invited to present a session on the findings of this research at a National HIV/AIDS Conference organized by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Boling Center for Development Disabilities in Memphis. I also presented another paper from this research in March 2002 at the annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Atlanta. 

Holding On: Feeding Through The Tube

There are children with neurological disorders who cannot eat through the mouth. They have cerebral palsy–a congenital and developmental disability. For them, sometimes it is a matter of life and death whether to eat through the mouth or to have a gastrostomy tube fitted in their stomach. It is challenging for the mothers and other caregivers of these children either to accept or to comply with tube feeding. In collaboration with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Dr. Mario Petersen (the Boling Center of Development Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center), we continue our research project to study the caregivers’ emotional and psychological responses and their perspectives on caregiving and compliance for these children.

Pam Davis, a registered nurse and a medical anthropology graduate student, is collecting data for the project at the homes of these children and caregivers throughout the Mid-South. Upon completion of this project, we plan to publish the results and provide training sessions to healthcare professionals, a valuable service to the children with cerebral palsy and to their caregivers and other family members.   ^ top

Urban Anthropology Students Conduct Field Research In Uptown Memphis by Michelle Owens

Urban Anthropology students at The University of Memphis have taken an active role in the massive revitalization of some inner city neighborhoods in Uptown Memphis, an area north of Downtown and bounded by Ayers, Jackson, Chelsea and the Wolf River. Beginning this month, students will begin community outreach efforts at the Uptown Resource Center (URC), 314 Auction Avenue, which held its grand opening February 27. With a federal grant and computers donated by the University, several students, faculty, and staff members will operate a computer lab at the center for residents who live in the Uptown area. Residents can use the lab to brush up on computer skills, enhance career skills, utilize the Internet, or take online courses. Students will also use the lab to teach residents how to produce computer-generated maps that will aid in neighborhood planning.

Working at the lab is only one of the ways students and residents will interact. Over the last year, students have been working in the neighborhood on a variety of projects. One project involved The University of Memphis students surveying the neighborhood’s physical conditions. These students conducted focus groups with residents, attended community meetings, created a neighborhood website, produced a neighborhood newsletter, and documented changes in the neighborhood.

In many cases, the field research has also satisfied requirements for undergraduate and graduate level anthropology classes, such as Applied Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, and Neighborhood Development and Poverty. During the spring of 2001, students conducted block surveys of the neighborhood by recording the conditions of each land parcel and structure in the Uptown area. The information was used to compile a database on neighborhood conditions. In turn, the database has been used to produce maps showing the locations of problem properties like trashy, vacant lots and dilapidated buildings.

During the summer of 2001, students helped plan and conduct a focus group with Uptown residents and stakeholders to learn about their concerns and needs during the revitalization. During the fall of 2001, other anthropology students conducted ethnographic interviews with Uptown residents, particularly public housing residents who already had been displaced by the changes in their community. Students enrolled in the Urban Anthropology of the Mid-South course during the spring of 2002 will spend the semester gathering data on housing conditions, public safety, environmental hazards, planning, zoning, voter participation and more in Uptown and in three other Memphis neighborhoods.

Already, information from the Uptown focus group has produced an Uptown website that contains neighborhood maps, photos, upcoming events, news articles, business information, church locations, and links to other useful sites. The students believe their field research can be used to prevent the displacement of inner city residents by gentrification and also contribute to the body of knowledge on the challenges and best practices of urban revitalization.

Due to the scope of the public-private revitalization project, the threat of displacement of low-income residents looms large. The City of Memphis, along with private real estate developers, has implemented a $200 million redevelopment effort in Uptown. During the redevelopment, the Hurt Village public housing development will be razed and replaced with housing for people of all incomes, thanks to a $35 million HOPE VI grant the city received from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Lauderdale Courts, another public housing unit, will be renovated by Henry Turley Realtors and rented at market rates. Other components of the renovation call for the development of a commercial district, the renovation of many historic Victorian properties, and the construction of affordable and marketrate single-family homes. The goal of the revitalization is to create a mixed-income, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood. For more information about the Uptown neighborhood and the Urban Anthropology research efforts, visit the website at ^ top

Minorities And The Study Of Archaeology: A Personal Perspective by Lane Wilkins

I will never forget the look on several relatives’ faces when I told them I was going to continue my education by pursuing a graduate degree in anthropology. There was a wide smile and then the question, “What are you going to study?” Bracing myself, I answered, “Archaeology.” Some were silent; as if they were trying to determine exactly what would I be doing as an African American female archaeologist. Others looked at me, frowning. After all, these were my grandparents’ children, and their generation lived the Civil Rights Movement in America, first hand. To them, college degrees meant being able to secure a position within the community that could better serve African Americans.

Knowing they wanted to know what a black woman could do in archaeology that could make a difference, I replied to their unspoken question. It was an excellent opportunity for me to research the African American experience by exposing myself to learning the application of scientific study, thus enabling me to better assess the material culture of artifacts used in the past.

Proceeding to explain, I told them that only a small population of African Americans select archaeology as a professional occupation and that perhaps the reasoning behind the absence of a larger minority population is multi-faceted.

It could stem from the myth that archaeology is a field that only White males can succeed in, or it may be the result of a lack of exposure to this educational avenue being offered in inner city high schools to minority students. There is also the possibility that African Americans believe that the school of archaeology is only concerned with Native American culture. Whatever the reason is for the lack of African Americans pursuing archaeology, it is a field with various opportunities to study traditions and customs that has formulated African American culture.

In agreement, my relatives nodded their heads. It wasn’t that I needed their consent or approval, but it was important to me because they were the ones I remembered who struggled to make a difference. It was because of them and others like them that I had been the first child in my southern family to attend integrated schools. In high school, I was student council president of a school that was 72% percent White. These were pressures for me, yet I knew that for other African American students to believe they could accomplish something there had to be someone who was the first. I learned this from my parents children, who learned it from their parents. It was a tradition, along with the existence of one unvarying constant in my life. For me, there were always people willing to teach me the things I sought to learn. The professors in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Memphis have lived up to this expectation.

My experience as a graduate student in archaeology has been consumed with scholars who have encouraged me to explore African American material culture by delving into the physical contributions to American culture by African Americans. As a result of this encouragement, my thesis subject, The Material Culture of the Blues Guitar, has led me to research slave narratives, plantation records, and historical accounts of string instrument history in America. I believe that my learned knowledge of the African American experience could not have been better served by any other field of graduate study other than archaeology.

I would encourage African Americans who are interested in the historical impact of Africans on American culture to consider studying archaeology. It has made me a better potential social scientist and has taught me the value of the first Africans and the mammoth impact they had on American development.

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Keynote Speech and Award of Excellence for Satish Kedia

In May 2001, Dr. Satish Kedia delivered the keynote speech at the Annual Meeting of the Memphis Area Nutritional Council. The conference was held at St. Francis Hospital and attracted more than 200 participants from Tennessee and neighboring states. Dr. Kedia’s lecture, entitled “Taste the Culture: Developing an Appreciation for Diversity,” dealt with providing culturally sensitive nutritional services among diverse ethnic groups. He was also honored at the conference with an Award of Excellence for his services to the nutritional community in Memphis and Shelby County.^ top

Anthropology at Work by Felicia Harris

Developing new solutions for age-old challenges is not easy, but this is exactly what the Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) under the directorship of Dr. Charles Williams are doing. Currently Dr. Williams and his staff are redefining the way research and programs can collaborate to bridge gaps in communities. Presently, TADPOLE evaluates thirty state- funded youth alcohol and drug prevention programs in Tennessee. Within these programs over 3,500 children are affected by the research and evaluations done by TADPOLE.

The local OMH office is a division of the regional and national OMH offices. OMH at The University of Memphis evaluates thirteen programs in Tennessee serving youth in grades 3-12. Since 1985, OMH has offered holistic services to children and their families, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs Drug Prevention Programs and the Girls Inc. Career Enrichment and Pregnancy Prevention programs. It is the mission of OMH to improve the overall health and eliminate health disparities in racial and ethnic populations.

TADPOLE and OMH are using a comprehensive approach to understanding and analyzing the success of students in the programs and the service agencies. TADPOLE and OMH are intensifying their partnerships with policy makers and implementers by being the mediator. The goal is not only to disseminate information through evaluation but foremost to bring about change. National research shows that wellrounded youth-based programs typically include a focus on school, community, the individual, and family. Therefore, OMH and TADPOLE are currently at work defining ways to better involve the ‘community’ in each of these areas by way of the evaluated programs and agencies. The fall training conferences are just one resource being utilized to get this accomplished.

TADPOLE and OMH have had great success with the training conferences offered to the agencies. Representatives from the programs have an opportunity to come together each fall. During this time they are trained on procedural matters, but more importantly they have a platform to dialog with one another, to form new working relationships, and to learn from one another. This year, in collaboration with the Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Tennessee Black Health Care Commission, OMH at The University of Memphis is excited and happy to host the 7th Annual Minority Health Summit at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center and the new Holiday Inn, The University of Memphis, September 12 -13, 2002.

This annual conference provides a forum for professionals at the state and national levels and for other interested citizens to exchange ideas and dialogue with one another on matters that pertain to minority health. Issues concerning new technologies, prevention strategies, policy-making, and managed care are among the topics discussed. For more information, visit

TADPOLE and OMH are proud of these past accomplishments and look forward to new endeavors in the years to come. ^ top

Kudos to Frank and Michelle!

Graduate students Frank Mannix and Michelle Owens appeared on PBS WKNO-TV’s program “Making the Grade.” They demonstrated and commented on the Department’s commitment to community-based research to identify strengths of local communities. They were recorded conducting a windshield survey in the Greenlaw-Manassas neighborhood. “Making the Grade” aired in August 2001.

Frank Mannix served as a judge for the Tennessee Science Olympiad event, Disease Detectives, an event to test and engage high school students in epidemiological skills and reasoning processes. Frank has conducted the event the last two years. This year, there were eight pairs of students from regional high schools contributing their Disease Detective skills to a cholera control project based on a real 1994 epidemic in refugee camps in Goma, Zaire.

Frank Mannix completed his practicum assignment with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines, during Summer 2001. Mannix’s fieldwork involved studying agricultural labor inputs and use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques among rice farmers in the Philippines. Other highlights included sitting in on a Tuberculosis seminar on medication regiments (DOTS) and feeding the leeches while hiking in the tropical rainforest on Mt. Makiling. Of the latter, Mannix said, “There’s a certain justice in the irony, Philippine leeches feeding on American blood.” ^ top

International Network on Displacement and Resettlement

a virtual, global communications network of scholars, practitioners, and policy makers attempting to mitigate development-induced impoverishment

A Global Human Rights and Development Challenge: The World Bank estimates that over 10 million people are displaced by development projects each year, resulting in substantial, multifaceted risks of impoverishment. Outnumbering political refugees, development-induced displacees have become a concealed, global human rights and development problem.

Created and maintained by Dr. Satish Kedia of The University of Memphis and Dr. Ted Downing of the University of Arizona, the website for the International Network on Displacement and Resettlement ( was highlighted in the January 2002 issue of Forced Migration Review. ^ top

Advances in Anthropology Charles McNutt Speaker Series

Fall 2001

The Charles H. McNutt speaker series presented a lecture by Dr. Hans Baer of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, on November 6, 2001. The topic of his talk was based on his latest book, Biomedicine and Alternative Healing Systems in America: Issues of Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.

Spring 2002

The Charles H. McNutt speaker series will host lectures by Drs. Mark and Mimi Nichter on April 18-19, 2002. Mark Nichter, the editor of Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Ethnomedicine and coauthor of Anthropology and International Health, will speak on Thursday, at 6:00 p.m. Mimi Nichter, coauthor of Anthropology and International Health and author of Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say About Dieting, will speak on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Both lectures will take place in Manning Hall 201 with receptions immediately following. Lectures are free and open to the public. ^ top


On February 15, 2002, the Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists met at the Junior League on Central Avenue to elect new officers and present the Wood Bell Award. The new officers are:


Olliette Murray-Drobot


Kimberlee Norwood


Paige Beverely


Gail Shead-House

Also on the agenda was the Wood Bell Award Ceremony. Louella Weaver and Margaret McNutt spoke eloquently about the award recipient, Ron Brister. Ron is the collections manager at the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums, where he has been for the past 30 years. His specialties are in collections management, museum organization and development, Central Mississippi Valley archaeology, and Mississippi Embayment geology and paleontology. He has done research in the Nonconnah Creek mastodon site, the historic Magevney House, the Coon Creek fossil site, and the Burton Callicot and WPA murals in the Pink Palace. ^ top

Anthropology Contacts

Main Office

(901) 678-2080

Manning 316

Dr. David H. Dye

(901) 678-2080

Manning 316

Dr. Linda A. Bennett

(901) 678-3330

Mitchell 217

Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman

(901) 678-3371

Manning 300B

Dr. Jane M. Henrici

(901) 678-3334

Manning 319

Dr. Stanley E. Hyland

(901) 678-5472

McCord 139

Dr. Satish Kedia

(901) 678-1445

Browning 232

Dr. Charles McNutt

(901) 678-1433

Clement 125

Dr. Frank Kent Reilly

(901) 678-2618

Manning 310

Dr. Ellen Shlasko

(901) 678-3331

Manning 300A

Dr. Charles Williams

(901) 678-1401

Manning 220

Regina Rastall

(901) 678-3333

Manning 313

Evell F. Ballard

(901) 678-4283

Manning 316

Our Anthropology Undergraduates Excel In The Senior Exit Exam

Every five years, seniors take an exit exam in their major. The Anthropology Senior Test was last administered in fall 2001, when 9 of 10 majors scored 90% or higher. All seniors also take the College BASE Exam, a national standardized test. The national average score on the BASE is 300. Our anthropology majors consistently score well above the national, university, and college averages on this test.

Comparison Of Mean Scores On The Base Senior Exam For Graduating U Of M Seniors (Last 5 Years)



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Congratulations 2000-2001 Anthropology Graduates!

Master’s Degree Graduates

Bradley Elmer, Bryan Stetzer, Carmen Dickerson, Chad Morris, Chester Walker, Claire Henline, Dawn Ramsey, Debbie Shaw, Diane Bundy, Gail House, Gena Horton, Hiram Kabui, James Wall, Jennifer Moore, Jerry Gray, Katherine Turner, Kelly Duke, Kimberlee Norwood, Kimberly (Janne) Flisrand, Melinda Chow, Mikayo Uenishi, Paul Bundy, Shannon Tushingham, Susan Lang, Terry Buffington, Thomas Carty, Thomas Schultz, and Timothy Stemper.

Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

Aaron Hoffman, Byron Haynes, Carrie Gibson, Corri Fuller, Daphne Collins, Elizabeth Turman, Elli Bonnett, Evan Busler, George Gilpin, Jeffrey Burns, Jennifer Elam, Jon DeVore, Laura Lamar, Mary Campbell, Mary Hightower, Michele Achelpohl, Monte Abbott, Morris Sutton, Natalie Kessler, Pamela Edwards, Peter Kenny, Rebecca Price, Robert Rome, Scott Blankenbeckler, Shana Bramblett, Stacey Young, Teresa Shute, Weavre Cooper, and William Riker. ^ top

Chucalissa News

On April 19-21, Chucalissa Archaeological Museum in Memphis will host its annual Pow Wow. Times for the festivities will be Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m to 9 p.m and Sunday from 1 pm. to 5 p.m. Come to the C.H. Nash Museum for food, fun, and games.

The museum is located at 1987 Indian Village Drive in Memphis. For more information, visit us on the web at or call us at 901-785-3160.

A reconstructe 15th century Native American village in Chucalissa located on an actual archaeological site. Visit the Department of Anthropology at The University of Memphis on the web at  ^ top

Welcome First Year Graduate Students!

Eva Arbones, Southwest Texas State University

Andrew Clark, The University of South Dakota

Daphne Collins, The University of Memphis

Eric Cruciotti, Ohio University

Kevin Gough, The University of Memphis

Aaron Hoffman, The University of Memphis

Kimberly Rivers, Middle Tennessee State University

Jamie Turvey, The University of Toledo

Jason Wiggins, The University of Alabama

Lane Wilkins, The University of Memphis ^ top

Recent Faculty Publications

Bennett, Linda A.

Marshall, Mac, Genevieve Ames, and Linda A. Bennett. 2001. “Anthropological Perspectives on Alcohol and Drugs at the Turn of the New Millennium.” Social Science & Medicine. (introduction and editorial for a special issue).

Marshall, Mac and Linda A. Bennett. 2001. Special Issue Editor. “Anthropological Perspectives on Alcohol and Drugs at the Turn of the New Millennium.” Social Science & Medicine.

Dye, David H.

Dye, David H. 2001. “Southeastern Iconography.” In Choctaw Language & Culture: Chahta Anumpa. Edited by Marcia Haag and Henry Willis, pp. 261-266. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Dye, David H. 2000. “An Archaeologist’s Perspective in Delta.” Arkansas Review 31(3):175-180.

Finerman, Ruthbeth

Finerman, Ruthbeth. 2002. Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (Editorial Board; M. and C. Ember, Editors). New Haven: Yale University/HRAF Press (December 2002).

Finerman, Ruthbeth and C. Blanchard-Horan. 2002. “Regional Variation in Perceptions About Mammography in Three Mid-South Counties: Cultural and Logistical Barriers to Screening.” Journal of Health Care Administration (October 2002).

Henrici, Jane M.

Henrici, Jane M. 2002. “Calling to the Money: Gender and Tourism in Peru.” In Gender/Tourism/Fun? Edited by Margaret Swain and Janet Momsen, Elmsford, NY: Cognizant Communication Corporation.

Cherlin, Andrew, Paula Fomby, Ronald Angel, and Jane Henrici M. 2001. A policy brief on “Public Assistance Receipt among U.S.-Born Children of Immigrants,” for Welfare, Children and Families: A Three-City Study. Johns Hopkins University.

Hyland, Stanley E.

Hyland, Stanley E. 2000. “Issues in Evaluating Neighborhood Change: Economic Development and Community Building Indicators.” In Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. 209-219.

Hyland, Stanley E. 1998. “Challenges to Community Building in Memphis: Hearing New Voices and Charting New Paths for Urban Development.” In Making Outreach Visible: A Guide to Documentating Professional Service and Outreach. American Association for Higher Education Publication.


Kedia, Satish

Kedia, Satish. 2002. Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness in Tennessee: 2000-2001 Statewide Treatment Outcome Evaluation. Occasional Paper Series 20, Anthropological Research Center. The University of Memphis.

Kedia, Satish and John van Willigen. 2001. “Effects of Forced Displacement on the Mental Health of Older People in North India.” Hallym International Journal of Aging. 3(1): 81-93.

McNutt, Charles H., Sr.

McNutt, Charles H., Sr. 2000. Phase I Archaeological Investigations of Riser Pipe Locations, Montgomery, DeSoto, Marshall, Calhoun, and Holmes Counties, Mississippi. Submitted to Coonewah Consulting, LLC; Project 1999-004 for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District.

McNutt, Charles H., Sr. 2000. Cultural Resources Survey of the Proposed Benjestown Landfill, Shelby County, Tennessee. Submitted to Jimmy Wood, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee.

Reilly, Frank Kent

Reilly, Frank Kent. 2001. “Paths to Heaven, Ropes to Earth: Birds, Jaguars, and Cosmic Cords in Formative Period of Mesoamerica.” In Ancient America. Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute. Washington, D.C. 1(2):33-49.

Reilly, Frank Kent. 2000. “Linda Schele.” In Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Writing: The Parallel Lives of Michael Ventris and Linda Schele and the Decipherment of Mycenaean and Maya Writing. The University of Texas at Austin, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory. 16-25.

Shlasko, Ellen

Shlasko, Ellen. 2002. “Frenchmen and Africans in South Carolina.” In Another’s Country: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Cultural Interactions in the Southern Colonies, Edited by J. W. Joseph and Martha Zierden. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Miller, George, Patricia Samford, Ellen Shlasko, and Andrew Madsen. 2000. “Telling Time for Archaeologists.” Northeast Historical Archaeology 29:1-22.

Williams, Charles

Kim, S., J. McLoud, Charles Williams, and N.A. Hepler. 2000. “Prevention, Validation and Accounting Platform: A Framework for Establishing Accountability and Performance Measures of Substance Abuse Prevention Programs.” Journal of Drug Education 30(1):1-143.

Williams, Charles, N.A. Hepler, E. Carnes-Lopez, and B. Okerson. 2000. Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE): Annual Report to Agencies, 98-99. Tennessee Department of Health. ^ top

Recent Faculty Presentations

Bennett, Linda A.

Bennett, Linda A. 2001. Presidential Address. Society of Applied  Anthropology Meetings, Merida, Mexico.

Bennett, Linda A. 1999. “Family Culture and Its Impact on School Age Children in Alcoholic Families.” Child and Family Colloquium, Department of Psychology, The University of Memphis.

Dye, David H.

Dye, David H. 2001. “Mississippian Warfare.” Invited paper to be presented in the symposium, The Archaeology of Pre-State and Early State Warfare, Society for American Archaeology Meetings, New Orleans.

Dye, David H. 2001. “The Iconography of War on Southeastern Ceramics.” Invited paper for symposium, Iconography and Mississippian Period Art: The Function of Symbols Within the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, The Native American Art Studies Association Meetings, Portland.

Finerman, Ruthbeth

Finerman, Ruthbeth. 2002. “One Size Does Not Fit All: Tailoring Mammography Intervention.” Society of Applied Anthropology Meetings, Atlanta.

Finerman, Ruthbeth and C. Blanchard-Horan. 2001. “Collaboratives with Health Agencies.” Society of Applied Anthropology Meetings, Merida, Mexico.

Henrici, Jane M

Henrici, Jane M and Laura Lein. 2001. “Women, Wages, and Motherhood within Welfare Reform.” Organized session. American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, D.C.

Henrici, Jane M. 2001. “Women’s Studies and Research on Poverty.” Women’s Studies Symposium, ‘Women’s Studies Scholarship at the University of Memphis.’ The University of Memphis.

Hyland, Stanley E

Hyland, Stanley E. 2001. “Bridging the Digital Divide—Developing New Approaches to Strengthening Local Communities Through Redesigning Information Systems Via Computer Mapping.” Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Merida, Mexico. Organizer Plenary Session.

Hyland, Stanley E. 2000. “Bridging Classroom and Community Through Service Learning: Critical Reflections.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Francisco.

Kedia, Satish

Kedia, Satish. 2002. “Cultural, Psychological, and Life Cycle Barriers to Adherence for Women with HIV/AIDS.” Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Atlanta.

Kedia, Satish. 2001. “Food Insecurity and Dietary Delocalization Due to Development-Induced Displacement.” Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings, Merida, Mexico.

Reilly, Frank Kent

Reilly, Frank Kent. 2001. “Middle Formative Origins of the Mesoamerican Ritual Act of Bundling.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC.

Reilly, Frank Kent. 2001. “The Ritual Construction of Cosmic Order in the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex.” Native American Art Studies Association Conference, Portland, SD.

Shlasko, Ellen

Shlasko, Ellen. 2002. “Where Was Widow Bell’s Barn? Continuing Research at Shiloh National Military Park.” Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology Conference, Nashville, TN.

Shlasko, Ellen. 2002. “Material Culture and Cultural Memory in South Carolina.” Society for Historical Archaeology Conference, Mobile, AL.

Williams, Charles

Williams, Charles. 2001. “Afrocentrism, Vindicationism, and Beyond: The Inherited Legacies of Critical Race Theories as Approaches for Contemporary Applied Medical Social Sciences.” National Conference of the National Association of African American Studies. Houston, TX.

Williams, Charles. 2000. “Prevention Works! Using Evaluation Assessment Techniques and Tools in the Prevention of Youth Violence.” Area Health Education Centers’ Violence Prevention Workshop, Nashville, TN. ^ top

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