Table of Contents
- From Department Chair, Dr. David Dye
- Anthropology Graduate Honored As Outstanding Alumna
- A Tribute to Margaret Craddock and Practicing Anthropologists by Stan Hyland
- Margaret Craddock’s Reflections by Margaret Craddock
- Hyland Honored with Award
- The Department Welcomes Two New Faculty by Lane Wilkins
Dr. Jane Henrici
Dr. Frank Kent Reilly III
- Our Faculty
- Linda Bennett, Professor & Associate Dean, College Of Arts and Sciences
- Thomas Collins, Professor Emeritus
- David Dye, Associate Professor & Chair
- Ruthbeth Finerman, Associate Professor
- Jane Henrici, Assistant Professor
- Stan Hyland, Associate Professor & Head, The School Of Urban Affairs And Public Policy
- Satish Kedia, Assistant Professor & Director, Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug
- Charles McNutt, Professor Emeritus
- Frank Kent Reilly III, Associate Professor & Director, Chucalissa Archaeological Museum
- Ellen Shlasko, Assistant Professor
- Charles Williams, Associate Professor & Director, Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention
Outcome Longitudinal Evaluation (TADPOLE)
- Our Support Staff
- Evell Ballard, Department Secretary
- Regina Rastall, Assistant to the Chair
- Our Instructors
- Evell Recognized With Award for Outstanding Service
- University Of Memphis Visibility in the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) by
- U of M Faculty on National Program Commitee for SfAA 2003
- Meeting in Portland, Oregon Building Bridges: Collaborating Beyond Boundaries
- SfAA National Program Committee 2003
- Ruthbeth Finerman by Lane Wilkins
- Has Dr. McNutt Retired? by Lane Wilkins
- From The Desk of Ellen Shlasko
- Upcoming Field School Excitement by Ellen Shlasko
- Life Goes On…From the Keyboard of Satish Kedia
- Toads – It’s Growing!!!
- Adherence Issues for Women with HIV/AIDS in the Mid-South Holding On: Feeding Through
- Urban Anthropology Students Conduct Field Research in Uptown Memphis
- Minorities and the Study of Archaeology: A Personal Perspective
- Keynote Speech and Award of Excellence for Satish Kedia
- Anthropology at Work by Felicia Harris
- Kudos to Frank and Michelle!
- International Network on Displacement and Resettlement
- Advances in Anthropology Charles McNutt Speaker Series
- MSAPA News
- Anthropology Contacts
- Our Anthropology Undergraduates Excel in the Senior Exit Exam
- Congratulations 2000-2001 Anthropology Graduates!
- Chucalissa News
- Welcome First Year Graduate Students!
- Recent Faculty Publications
- Recent Faculty Presentations
- Department Of Anthropology Gift Fund
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
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
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
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
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
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. ^ top
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
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
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. ^ top
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
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
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
We appreciate our instructors for their significant contributions to the teaching
mission of the department.
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
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
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 http://cjip.memphis.edu/Uptown/webpages/homepage.htm. ^ 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
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
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.
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
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 http://www2.state.tn.us/health/minorityhealth/
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 (www.displacement.net) was highlighted in the January
2002 issue of Forced Migration Review. ^ top
Advances in Anthropology Charles McNutt Speaker Series
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.
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:
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
Dr. David H. Dye
Dr. Linda A. Bennett
Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman
Dr. Jane M. Henrici
Dr. Stanley E. Hyland
Dr. Satish Kedia
Dr. Charles McNutt
Dr. Frank Kent Reilly
Dr. Ellen Shlasko
Dr. Charles Williams
Evell F. Ballard
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
College of A & S
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
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 http://cas.memphis.edu/chucalissa 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 http://www.memphis.edu/anthropology ^ 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
Dye, David H. 2000. “An Archaeologist’s Perspective in Delta.” Arkansas Review 31(3):175-180.
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. 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.
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,
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
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
Miller, George, Patricia Samford, Ellen Shlasko, and Andrew Madsen. 2000. “Telling
Time for Archaeologists.” Northeast Historical Archaeology 29:1-22.
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,
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
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,
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,
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
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
Hyland, Stanley E. 2000. “Bridging Classroom and Community Through Service Learning:
Critical Reflections.” American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Francisco.
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,
Shlasko, Ellen. 2002. “Where Was Widow Bell’s Barn? Continuing Research at Shiloh
National Military Park.” Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology Conference, Nashville,
Shlasko, Ellen. 2002. “Material Culture and Cultural Memory in South Carolina.” Society
for Historical Archaeology Conference, Mobile, AL.
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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