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Department Newsletter Spring 2003

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From Department Chair, David Dye

I am happy to announce our two new tenure-track faculty who have joined us this past fall. Welcome to Melissa Checker, a sociocultural anthropologist who comes to us from New York University, and Jay Franklin, an archaeologist from the University of Tennessee. In addition, we have three new part-time faculty who are teaching for us this year. Gail House (M.A. University of Memphis) is teaching introduction to cultural anthropology. This past fall George Lankford (Ph.D. Indiana University) taught a course on Native American (Southeastern) Folklore. And this spring semester Jennifer Love (Ph.D. University of Tennessee) is teaching Human Origins and Variation and Human Osteology. We are pleased to have each of these talented faculty with us. We are currently in the process of hiring a new director for the C.H. Nash Museum (Chucalissa).

This year our faculty and graduate students have been involved in a number of research and outreach projects in the community and region. I urge you to read about their many accomplishments and awards in this newsletter. Please visit our web page to learn more about our department. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and other feedback. ^ top

Recent Grad Applies Herself to a New Start in Nation’s Capital
by Melissa Checker


“Washington seems to be a good place for an applied anthropologist,” says Melinda Chow, with her characteristic knack for understatement. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis’ Applied Anthropology Program, Chow moved to Washington, DC this past Fall to put her anthropological expertise into action at the National Civic League.

Her job at the Civic League is quite a natural progression for Chow, who has been interested in community studies since her days as a double major in biology and anthropology at Mississippi State University. Throughout her tenure as an undergraduate, Chow worked on her own, independent ethnographic project designed to update studies of Mississippi Chinese Americans.

During her senior year, Chow put her ethnographic skills even further into action as she participated in a multidisciplinary research project on faith-based initiatives. With the project, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork with some African American Baptist Churches in Mississippi. “It was really an applied community study,” Chow comments.

Along with an interdisciplinary team of social scientists, she explored questions about the role of churches and other faith-based institutions in social service projects. “Only then, the word [faith-based] wasn’t even quite out there yet,” Chow remarks, “People called it charitable choice.” Whatever the term, Chow got hooked on applied anthropology and decided to pursue it on a graduate level.

At the U of M, she set forth on an urban track, and, with the help of her advisor, Dr. Stan Hyland, she secured a paid internship at Memphis Light Gas and Water’s (MLGW) community relations department. Chow worked particularly with MLGW’s key employee program, where employees join their neighborhood associations and act as liaisons to MLGW. Importantly, she also helped to organize MLGW’s neighborhood and church leaders’ conferences.

This role brought her into contact with leaders from Memphis’ civic and religious communities. Those contacts played a key role in Chow’s first job after graduation – a one-year position through Americorps with Memphis’ Community Forum (a project of the National Civic League). There, Chow was instrumental in planning Memphis Civic Action Now, a project designed to measure the capacity of the Memphis community to solve local problems. “The internship allowed me to build up a pretty good network base of who was building with various institutions, etc.,” explains Chow.

Chow helped identify 200 community stakeholders from government, grassroots organizations, non-profits and businesses in Memphis. Through those stakeholders, the Forum held a series of meetings in which they identified community problems as well as the potential for the community to address those problems effectively. As her Americorps position drew to a close, Chow’s colleagues alerted her to a job opening with the National Civic League in Washington, DC. “I always wanted to be [in DC],” recalls Chow enthusiastically. Chow’s main job is working on an initiative called, “Safe Start,” funded through the Department of Justice that looks at new ways communities can meet the needs of children exposed to violence, and to prevent violence. Chow works with native communities in Zuni, New Mexico and Sitka, Alaska. “We provide training and technical assistance coordination,” she explains.

One of her most challenging tasks in working with these communities is to figure out what their needs are, what their vision is, and how they can achieve that vision. “For instance, they may want to do a large workshop on anger management,” Chow begins, “We help locate who can give that kind of training in a culturally competent fashion.” It is here that Chow’s ethnographic skills have come in particularly handy. “You can’t always tell local people what they need. They know what they need,” Chow admits, “The role of the anthropologist is to be able to ask the right kinds of questions to lead their thinking in figuring out what kinds of things they want to do.” She adds, “You learn how all this theory works in real world, real life projects.”

Her applied anthropology experiences at the University of Memphis have certainly paved Chow’s road to DC. In particular, she believes that she learned a lot from her advisor and her internship. Now that she is a practicing applied anthropologist, it is her turn to give advice to current and prospective students. Chow’s number one recommendation to students? “Do take as many chances as possible in seeking out practical work to do in the community.” ^top

The Department Welcomes Two New Faculty

The Anthropology Department is delighted to have two new additions to our faculty, archaeologist Jay Franklin and sociocultural anthropologist Melissa Checker. Welcome Professors Checker and Franklin!

Jay Franklin

Dr. Franklin received his B.A.(1992), M.A. with a minor in Statistics (1999), and Ph.D. in anthropology (2002) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests include lithic (stone tool) technologies, cave archaeology, hunter-gatherer archaeology of the Southeastern U.S., and Palaeolithic archaeology. He is currently still involved in a prehistoric archaeological survey of the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, the subject of his Ph.D. dissertation. He is also involved in reopening previous archaeological investigations at Chucalissa in Memphis, Tennessee and analysis of the Gravettian lithic assemblage from La Grotte XVI, a Middle and Upper Palaeolithic site in southwestern France.

Melissa Checker

Dr. Checker received her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2002 from New York University, where she also received her M.A. and M.Phil. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Checker, a sociocultural anthropologist, specializes in social movements, urban anthropology, environmental anthropology, race, class and ethnicity in the United States, and anthropology of the U.S. South. Checker’s dissertation is based on 14 months of fieldwork in Augusta, Georgia. In it, she argues that the recent convergence of two social movements – environmentalism and civil rights -- has enabled African American activists in the South to find new ways to contest and reconfigure structural inequalities. The environmental justice movement, begun approximately ten years ago, signals a significant shift in the relationship of minorities to the environment. Her ethnography highlights the primacy of changing racial experiences in defining and understanding political issues such as environmentalism and racial justice.

By focusing on the cross-race and cross-class networks between environmental justice activists and mainstream environmentalists, she contends that these understandings are integral to the ways in which people collectively seek to improve their lives through political action. In short, she demonstrates how, through the social construction of environmental justice, African American activists articulate, challenge, and reconstruct the ways that racial difference is understood, lived and experienced in the post-civil rights U.S. South.

Currently, Checker is preparing her dissertation for publication as a book. In addition, she plans to extend some of her findings in both local and international contexts. More specifically, she will continue to examine cross-class and cross-race environmental coalition building by studying environmental justice activism in Memphis.

Protestors from the Hyde Park neighborhood of Augusta, GA where Checker did her fieldwork in 1998-1999.


Celebrating Our Faculty

The Faculty at The University of Memphis Anthropology Department have had a prolific and rewarding year.

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

During Faculty Convocation on March 28th, I received The University of Memphis Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award for 2003. Over the course of the academic year, I presented papers at the American Anthropological Association meetings in New Orleans and the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Portland, Oregon. In both meetings, I gave papers about bringing anthropology to academic administration. In addition, I continued to serve as chair of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA).

COPAA held its annual meeting in Portland in advance of the SfAA meetings. For information about the Consortium, please check its website at The University of Memphis Department of Anthropology is one of 22 departmental members.

During the fall 2002 semester I served on external review teams for the doctoral program in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida and the undergraduate and master’s program in the Department of Anthropology at Oregon State University. During this past academic year I completed a chapter entitled “Anthropological Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Patterns of Non-Commercially Produced Alcoholic Beverage Consumption” based upon a six country study for a book to be entitled Moonshine Markets.

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Bennett on receiving the University of Memphis Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award!!!

Melissa Checker, Assistant Professor

I arrived in the department this past September and I would like first to thank the faculty, staff and students of the University of Memphis’ Anthropology Department for making my transition both smooth and enjoyable. So far, it has been a challenging but productive year. I have continued my research on (and involvement with) environmental justice activism among African Americans in the South. In addition to keeping up ties to the group with whom I did my dissertation research in Augusta, Georgia, I have begun working with activists in Memphis who live adjacent to a military defense depot and claim that they suffer from health problems as a result of contamination at that site. I am very excited to have the chance to compare and expand the findings that I wrote about in my dissertation.

I am also enhancing this research through teaching an undergraduate/graduate level seminar on Race, Class and Environment. Recently, the students and I took a “toxic tour” of Memphis, which inspired the students to begin developing some local research papers on various pollution problems in Memphis, and the ways in which these problems are tied to particular race and class demographics.

In February, I completed the manuscript for an edited volume on activism in America, which is being published by Columbia University Press. If all goes well, the volume will be out in the Fall of 2003. Also in February, I signed a contract with Routledge Press to publish a revised version of my dissertation. Hopefully, that book will be out by Spring 2004. I am also pleased and honored to have received New York University’s Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Prize in Social Sciences.

In September, I participated in a public policy conference, sponsored by the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Public Policy, Anthropology and Environment Section and Culture and Agriculture Section. At the meeting, we discussed some very exciting plans and possibilities for strengthening anthropological contributions to environmental public policy, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of the suggestions made by the working group in which I participated can be found on the Anthropology and Environment section website: Finally, I co-organized a panel at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in New Orleans and I will present a paper at the International   Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Congress in Florence, Italy this summer.

This summer, I am looking forward to some intensive writing time so I can propel my book towards completion. I am also excited to revamp my American Communities course for the Fall semester, as well as to prepare to team-teach Anthropology of the Mid-South with Dr. Stan Hyland. ^top

Thomas Collins, Professor Emeritus

I am retired and involved with a long-time interest in sketching and painting. Most days, you will find me in my studio reworking landscape sketches I partially completed on various trips Marcia and I have taken over the past couple of decades. Also, as an anthropologist, I have continued to focus on my former teaching specialty of the impact of technological change on early state development in the 17th and 18th centuries. This later focus has led to several trips to Italy to study art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. I miss teaching and the interaction with students but not reading blue book exams. ^top

David Dye, Associate Professor & Department Chair

I continue to work on cultural resource management and preservation programs, in addition to my own research. I am currently working on my third year of funding from the National Park Service for the nomination of late prehistoric sites in the Mid-South. This year is the beginning of the creation of a National Historic Landmark District for a series of sites in western DeSoto County, Mississippi. I am also working with the Archaeological Conservancy to purchase endangered sites in the Mid-South.

This past fall the University of Alabama Press published my article, “Warfare in the Protohistoric Southeast, 1500-1700” in Between Contacts and Colonies: Archaeological Perspectives on the Protohistoric Southeast.

This winter I submitted three chapters. One is “The Transformation of Mississippian Warfare: Four Case Studies from the Mid-South” to be published in Archaeological Perspectives on the Transformation of War. A second is “William G. Haag’s 1957 Excavations at the Bilbo Site (9CH4), Chatham County, Georgia, to be published in a presently untitled volume honoring William G. Haag. A third is “Scalplocks, Forearms, and Severed Hands: War Trophy Inography in the Mississippian World” to be published in Southeastern Warfare by the University of Alabama Press. I currently have in press, “Ritual, Medicine, and the War Trophy Theme in Southeastern Iconography” to be published in Iconography and Mississippian Archaeology: The Function of Symbols Within the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex. I am preparing four additional manuscripts that should be completed this semester. I also delivered two papers at a conference this past fall and another one this winter. ^top

Ruthbeth Finerman, Associate Professor

I continue to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in the medical track, and lead the graduate seminar in research methods while serving as Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Anthropology. At the national level, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Editorial Board of Human Organization, the SfAA’s flagship journal. I was also recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the Society for Medical Anthropology’s journal, Medical Anthropology Quarterly. Recently, I collaborated with U of M anthropology alumna, Christina Blanchard Horan on the Mid-South Foundation for Medical Care on an NIH-funded project to address disparities in mammography access for the dual-enrolled (Medicaid and TennCare) across Tennessee. I have joined a new partnership for The Med’s “Hablamos Juntos” project, with collaborators Marcela Mendoza (CROW), and Luchy Burrell and Steve Redding (Regional Economic Development Center). This initiative is expected to provide medical interpreters and training in culturally competent care for The Med and its health clinic partners. I also plan to return to Ecuador this summer with Ross Sackett, to continue research on medical change and medicinal plant use. This spring I participated in the SfAA meeting, gave an invited lecture at Ball State, and traveled to England to join in the invitational Oxford University Round Table. ^top

Jay Franklin, Assistant Professor

I started at The University of Memphis in August 2002. I received my B.A.(1992), M.A. with a minor in Statistics (1999), and Ph.D. (2002) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. My research interests include lithic (stone tool) technologies, cave archaeology, hunter-gatherer archaeology of the Southeastern U.S., and Palaeolithic archaeology. I am currently still involved in a prehistoric archaeological survey of the Upper Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee, the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation. As an ongoing facet of this research, I will be conducting a University of Memphis archaeological field school in this region during the first summer session. I am also involved in reopening previous archaeological investigations at Chucalissa Indian Village in Memphis, Tennessee. We have, in fact, begun these excavations and expect to continue through July 2003. The excavation involves the reopening of a 1940 excavation trench into the large platform mound to remap construction episodes and to have them radiometrically dated by recovering charcoal samples from the various levels. Lastly, I am continuing my research interests in Old World Palaeolithic archaeology by conducting analyses (in May) of the Gravettian (ca. 26,000 BP) lithic assemblage from La Grotte XVI, a Middle and Upper Palaeolithic site in southwestern France. ^top

Jane Henrici, Assistant Professor

Since arriving in late August 2001 to join the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis, I have collaborated on projects with faculty members in other departments. I continue to do that while also working with various local efforts. In particular, I have started joint research on job training programs for low-income individuals following welfare reform in Memphis, and on the effects of the planned NAFTA I-69 corridor on communities within Memphis. I serve on advisory boards for the Memphis community organization “La Maestra,” and the University of Memphis Women’s Studies Program and Wang Center for International Business Education and Research, the last of which involves a project working with the UofM Department of Education to introduce globalization curriculum into Memphis public school education. In addition, I have been named an Affiliate of the University of Memphis’s Center for Research on Women. In September 2002, I gave a workshop about welfare reform at the West Tennessee Session of the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. This was an opportunity to begin my local work with service providers, before starting work with their clients.

I remain a Research Scientist on the project Welfare, Children and Families: A Three City Study, Ethnographic Component supported by a grant to Pennsylvania State University from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The web site for that project (where our co-authored policy briefs can be found) is We presented a paper at an invited session in Chicago at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association last August; a report I co-authored was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in Atlanta in May.

I published an invited essay concerning gender and poverty in the United States this past December. I will submit for publication this spring and summer articles and book chapters concerning analyses of data from A Three City Study: several publishers are interested in our collaborative works.

In December, I served as proposal reviewer for the International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship Program (IDRF) for the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I was asked to do this because of my ongoing research on issues of poverty in South America. My most recent article about non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Peru will be published in April. Last November, I presented a paper about that as part of an organized session about working with non-profit agencies and NGOs in New Orleans at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. The Children’s Museum of Memphis will use two slides from this research in their traveling exhibit that opens in Memphis in April.

At the 2003 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in March in Portland, Oregon, graduate students from the University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Austin and I presented an organized session concerning the affects of welfare reform on programs and families. In January, I received notification that I had been promoted to Fellow status in the Society for Applied Anthropology for my contributions on welfare reform issues, an honor for which I am particularly appreciative.

 Staff members Rubén Arias (Graphic Artist) and Dina Vásquez (Quality Controller) of Minka, S.R.L., photos by Jane Henrici.


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

The growth of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) and its linkage to neighborhood revitalization efforts continues to occupy much of my time and energies. This year a team of ten faculty members and a host of students worked closely with anthropology alumna Mairi Albertson of the Division of Housing and Community Development to produce phase one of the City of Memphis City-Wide Strategic Planning Initiative. Published in September, 2002, this living document presents an inventory, gap analysis and action recommendations in nine key policy areas. These areas include housing, business development, education and job training, safety, transportation, information sharing, health and human services, tourism and amenities, and leadership and race relations. Phase two focuses on the creation of shared information systems and how information can become more accessible to community-based organizations.

Another important outreach activity is our going evaluation of Memphis’ two HOPE VI Programs—one in College Park and the other in UPTOWN. Our first year evaluations of both programs are now completed. Part of our evaluation is concerned with how neighborhood stakeholders get access to critical information about in their neighborhood. Collaborating with the City of Memphis, the University has created a computer information lab in the UPTOWN neighborhood where residents can learn about the change in their neighborhood by pulling up computer maps. These maps include land use, problems properties, bus routes, planned changes, bus routes, schools, churches and things that neighborhood students find interesting. These maps and a history of the strengths of the neighborhood are also accessible on the SUAPP web page (see UPTOWN). In the fall semester the twenty five students in the Applied Anthropology class worked on a series of projects to improve access to the UPTOWN Resource Center.

Several of the applied anthropology students are currently working on implementing their projects this semester. Working with anthropology alumni Ron Register (now a national consultant in community building living in Cleveland) and the Aspen Institute, SUAPP hosted a seminar on best practices on comprehensive neighborhood change. Anne Kubish, co-author of Aspen Institute’s book Voices from the Field Reflections on Comprehensive Community Change summarized what has been learned over the past ten years and how we can apply these insights into Memphis neighborhood revitalization. Particular attention was focused on the role of intermediate organizations in creating a stronger civic infrastructure to support community-based organizations in Memphis neighborhoods. Anthropology alumnae Tim Bolding of United Housing, Jennifer (Grannam) Lindsey of Memphis City Schools’ Family Resource Centers, Saralyn Williams of Memphis Light, Gas and Water, and Janis Foster, an independent national consultant on community building, participated in the discussion. We are currently working to publish a white paper on strengthening the civic infrastructure in Memphis.

At the AAA meetings in December I was part of a panel discussion that addressed engaged anthropology for Department Chairs across the country. Based upon the 25 years of experience with our internship program in Memphis, I addressed critical issues for purposeful (as opposed to incidential) internships. As a thirty years practitioner Jean Schensul (Institute for Community Research in Hartford) presented critical skills in the workplace. Many chairs of departments of anthropology at the masters and bachelors level are moving in the applied direction. In addition I presented a paper on “Evaluation Anthropology in Community Development/Community Building” that examined the growing importance of participatory evaluation/ empowerment evaluation in understanding neighborhood change. ^top

Satish Kedia, Assistant Professor & Director, Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Services (TOADS)

It has been barely a year since I wrote my last piece for the departmental newsletter. The time has slipped by so rapidly that it is hard to keep track of all that I have been doing. The trip last summer to attend a World Bank/Asian Development Bank sponsored conference, “International Symposium on Resettlement and Social Development,” in Nanjing, China, turned out to be an amazing experience. Not only did I visit the Great Wall, a life-long dream of mine, but also, as a part of the international delegation, we were taken to the Xiaolangdi hydroelectric dam project and a number of resettlement villages for a study tour.

In the latter part of summer, I worked with the International Rice Research Institute’s anthropology group in Los Baños, Philippines, to initiate a research project in the Luzon region on the impact of using pesticides and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on farmers’ health. Our research team consisted of three anthropologists (Dr. Steve Morin, Dr. Flor Palis, and myself) and two field workers. One of the field researchers, Melina Magsumbol, has since joined our graduate program in medical anthropology and continues to work on this project. Our research team organized a session on “Pesticide Use, IPM, and Human Health” for the recent Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Portland, Oregon.

My involvement with the substance abuse treatment evaluation (TOADS) project continues to expand. Apart from continuing with the statewide outcome evaluate on for all Block Grant-funded clients in the State of Tennessee and ADAT-funded DUI-court-ordered indigent clients, we have added another project to assess co-occurring clients (those with both substance abuse and mental health issues).

Our work is receiving national attention and is definitely one of the top five programs of its kind in the country. Last year, I published two externally peer-reviewed reports under the Anthropology Occasional Paper Series: a statewide evaluation of treatment facilities and an ADATDUI evaluation. Since their publication, we have distributed close to 1,000 copies across Tennessee, the nation, and abroad. With increased funding and additional researchers on the team, we plan to produce state-of-the-art evaluation reports for this year’s data. In collaboration with the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Dr. Mario Petersen (of The Boling Center of Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center), we secured funding from the Le Bonheur Methodist Foundation to continue with our research on children with cerebral palsy. We are examining care giving and compliance issues relating to children with cerebral palsy who have gastrostomy feeding tubes.

During April 2002, I was invited by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, to give a public lecture on my work on women with HIV/ AIDS entitled, “Sexuality and Adherence for African American Women in the Mid-South.” I plan to begin writing from this research starting this summer. The year was particularly hectic, making a number of presentations in Nashville to the substance abuse treatment providers and at several conferences, assisting Dr. Sunil Khanna (the program chair for the SfAA Portland meeting) with a variety of tasks, teaching, and working on the manuscripts. This summer I plan to work on my co-edited (with John van Willigen) volume on applied anthropology and make progress on other writing projects. ^top

Charles McNutt, Professor Emeritus

I am managing to keep busy, working on the Chickasawba project with Terry Childs, two papers with Bob Mainfort at the University of Arkansas, and editing the proceedings of the 2001 MidSouth Conference. I am also involved as the President of The Friends of Chucalissa, which will have a meeting this month at Garibaldis (check with me by e-mail for date and time). The Friends are busy planning the next Chefs and Chiefs Dinner, set for November 16, 2003. ^top

Ellen Shlasko, Assistant Professor

Looking back at the past year, I think I’ll have to call this the “Year of the Conference”! I’ve begun to lose track of all the conferences I’ve attended and all the papers I’ve given, but I’ll make an attempt to remember them all.

The year began with the Society for Historical Archaeology meetings in Mobile, Alabama. At those meetings I presented a paper on my current research, which deals with ethnicity and power in South Carolina and chaired a session on graveyard archaeology.

During the early summer I conducted an archaeological field school, working with a group of students to excavate an early 20th century tenant farm site at Chucalissa. The week after field work ended, we presented the preliminary results of the excavation at the Mid-South Archaeological Conference, which was held at Chucalissa this year. Getting this material analyzed and written up is one of my main goals this year.

The first conference this fall was the South Central Historical Archaeology Conference, held in Jackson, Mississippi. Our first attempt at hosting was such a success that Guy Weaver and I volunteered to bring SCHAC back to Memphis in 2004 or 2005.

This past fall, I was invited to a small conference in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, which focused on the French presence in North America. This was a great conference, with historians, anthropologists, filmmakers, and archaeologists (among others) sharing information and discussing research. I gave a paper on French and African architecture in South Carolina and got a lot of great feedback from scholars in the audience. The revised version of this paper will appear in a conference volume, probably next year. Just a week later I went to the American Anthropological Association meetings in New Orleans. I didn’t give a paper at the AAA’s (thank goodness!) but I was busy the whole time learning my new role of Secretary/Treasurer of the General Anthropology Division. I was elected to this position last year and took over on the last day of the AAA conference this November.

I had a little break during December, then back to the Historical Archaeology conference, held this year in Providence, Rhode Island. I participated in a really interesting session on women who held traditional “male” positions. My paper was on women farm owners in 19th century West Tennessee, an outgrowth of my research at Shiloh. The conference season ended with a trip to Nashville in early February for the Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology meetings. I am now officially on the Governor’s Archaeological Advisory Council, representing the University of Memphis specifically and Memphis archaeology in general. You can see how overwhelmed I’ve been with conferences! I’m planning to stay home for the rest of the year! ^top

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

I continue my active teaching and research schedule. Fall semester, 2002, I taught one of the department’s diasporan courses, Africa’s New World Communities, and this spring, I am teaching one of University College’s Master’s of Liberal Studies courses, Global Diasporas. I continue my grants-funded research with the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug   Abuse Service, the Office of Minority Health, and the Division of HIV and STDs. Given my research on HIV and STDs in Tennessee, I was invited to become a professional associate of Cultural Systems Analysis Group (CuSAG). CuSAG is the applied research and technical assistance arm of the Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland at College Park. The primary objective of CuSAG is to make the knowledge, skills and experience of the Department’s Faculty, staff and students available to institutions and organizations of the State of Maryland, the nation and the world. CuSAG also maintains a list of associates whose knowledge and skills are readily available to client needs. During the fall semester 2002, I also hosted for the first time, the 7th Annual Minority Health Summit at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn and Fogelman Executive Center. In association with the State’s Office of Minority Health’s mandate to address health disparities in communities of color, I organized and hosted the first Research Forum for researchers currently working on health disparities in the state. I feel that the Research Forum will be an annual event tied directly to the state and national Office of Minority Health and an effective way to keep abreast of the ever changing nature of health care for people of color in Tennessee.

I hosted Senator Roscoe Dixon’s African Town Hall Meeting Reception held annually at the University of Memphis, March 14, 2003. The African Town Hall Meeting provides an opportunity for local citizens and business people to meet with African Ambassadors and ministers to discuss business and trade ventures in Africa.


To Dr. Williams on Receiving the 2003 Alma Bucovaz Award for Urban Service!!


Kaveh Safa, Part-Time Instructor

I have been working on a couple of articles on Iranian women directors and the significance of their astonishing popular and critical success. Two articles coming out of this work will be “Good to Think With, Good to Think Along With: Iranian Women Directors” and “Layli Unbound; Shehrezad in the Director’s Chair.” One of these will be published in the proceedings of a conference on Women and Iranian Cinema (UVA Charlotttesville, April 2001), which is likely to be published by Temple University Press. ^top

Bryan Stetzer, SSG, USAR Part-Time Instructor

I am in Hohenfels, Germany training with the Army. I am a reservist and have been activated under Operation Enduring Freedom to support the peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. I will be spending the next 6 months in Tuzla, Bosnia as part of the Multinational Brigade, North [MNB(N)]. While I am there, I am hoping to do an “informal” ethnography looking at the peacekeepers from the peacekeepers’ point of view. Talk about participant observation! As it stands right now, we are planning to be back in the States in September. ^top

Welcome Incoming Graduate Students 2002-2003!

Jamilla Bates, The University of Memphis

Robert Brimhall, The University of Memphis

Jon Burchfield, The University of Memphis

Mary Campbell, The University of Memphis

Emily Emigh, The University of Missippi

Kristen Fox, Rhodes College

Chet Hopper, The University of Memphis

Joseph B. M. Kamara, The University of Sierra Leone,

Fourah Bay College

Melina Magsumbol, The University of the Phillipines

Todd McCurdy, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Julie Travis Rogers, The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Cynthia Sadler, The University of Memphis

Tanchica Terry, National American University ^top

News from Some of Our Graduate Students

Eva Arbones

I am a graduate student in Medical Anthropology from Catalonia, Spain. I received my undergraduate at Southwest Texas University. My research interests are curanderismo practices within the Mexican-American population in Texas, the spread of the Native American Peyote Church, Latino immigrant women’s health in Memphis, cross-cultural shamanic practices, Cherokee mythology, and alcohol and drug abuse among minorities in the U.S. I have collaborated with a network of curanderos in Texas for nearly six years and worked at the Chucalissa museum for a year and a half. I am currently working as a Graduate Assistant for TOADS (Tennessee Outcomes for Alcohol and Drug Services) at the anthropology department and doing my internship at the Youth Diagnostic Assessment Center. I expect to graduate in the Fall 2003. ^top

Robert Brimhall

This past year I worked with the SUAPP to create GIS maps for the HOPE VI evaluation of revitalization efforts in Uptown and LeMoyne-Owen. I also worked with SUAPP on the Asset Mapping initiative in LeMoyne-Owen sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation. Work on this project included GIS mapping as well as a fieldwork component to collect primary data on the assets within the neighborhood. I recently obtained an internship position at the Center City Commission and am working with Jon Burchfield on a “Taking Stock” survey of Uptown and to devise a manual for Community Based Organizations to be able to produce similar projects in their own communities. ^top

Jon Burchfield

Currently I am a second semester graduate student in Urban Anthropology. My primary research interest is in Education and how both formal and informal education structures are serving communities. This past summer and last semester, I worked with MIFA and New Pathways in community organizing and program development in the New Pathways Resource Center. This year I am an active member in the AmeriCorps Seedco Digital Divide Project, an initiative to bring the use of technology to a neighborhood level and build greater capacity among neighborhoods and community-based organizations to support sustainable development. This semester I am working on an assets mapping project for Uptown and developing a model for both FannieMae and city neighborhoods for the use of assets mapping to establish resident mobility in light of the revitalization efforts occurring throughout the city. ^top

Andrew Clark

Over the past couple of years, I have stayed fairly busy while attending the University of Memphis. I am in the process of completing my thesis, a study of a French Colonial site in Georgetown, Arkansas, using historical, archaeological, and geophysical methodologies. Currently, I am also working with Dr. Dye and the Mississippi Archaeological Conservancy and am in the process of mapping several Mississippian sites in the Walls, Mississippi vicinity.

In the interim, I have kept busy with various other projects. To earn some extra money I work for Weaver and Associates including a project in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Tullis-Toledano house, one of the first settlements in Biloxi. Most recently we completed excavations at a 20th century cemetery at Memphis International Airport. Another project that I participated on was in Yucatan, Mexico at a site named Mayapán. I spent last summer at Mayapán mapping Post-Classic Mayan architecture. I  plan to graduate during the during the summer semester and have been accepted to the Ph.D. program in the Anthropology Department at the University at Albany for the fall. ^top

Daphne Petty Collins

I am in my 4th semester on the urban track. My areas of interest include: poverty and policy, access to resources. I did my practicum at New Pathways, Inc. where I have spent two years working on projects such as The PVNC Connection Newsletter; Peabody-Vance Oral History Project; Peabody-Vance Taking Stock Report; Tate Street Block Party and the National Night Out; “Clean Sweep” in PV; a problem properties databank and Kid’s Café. Based on this work, I am currently creating an ethnography entitled, “Voices from Peabody-Vance: a Portrait of Women in Public Housing in Memphis, TN”. For the past two years, I have also coordinated the Anthropology Student Club. ^top

Melina S. Magsumbol

I am a graduate student of Medical Anthropology and also an international student from the Philippines. I received my Bachelors degree in Anthropology in 1998 and have worked in different projects documenting the culture of indigenous groups in my country. ^top

Shawn Marceaux

I received a B.A. in Anthropology from Southwest Texas State University (1999). I have spent the past two years at the University of Memphis completing a M.A. in Anthropology (Public Archaeology).

My master’s thesis, titled Lithic Eccentrics: Time, Space, and Function in the Southeastern United States, utilized theories and methods from both archaeology and anthropology. My work with lithic swords produced the chronological and spatial distribution of such artifacts and engraved shell gorgets with their iconographic representations. Beyond academics, I have been involved in close to twenty different cultural resources management projects over the last three years. I have also had the opportunity to work on archaeological research projects and volunteer in Mexico, Central and South America.

 Shawn in Guatemala ^top

Kim Rivers

I am a graduate student in the medical & urban tracks. I am a G.A. to Dr. Williams on the Tennessee HIV/STD Prevention Evaluation Study. I have recently been assisting Dr. Finerman with focus groups for the Hablamos Juntos project. I am currently finishing a practicum with the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department to develop a community initiative for syphilis elimination in Memphis. This summer I will be involved in a project in Uganda with two other students in the department. My interests include: international health, immigrant health, reproductive health, health care delivery issues, community initiatives & partnerships. ^top

Julie Travis Rogers

My first two semesters on the urban track have been very rewarding. I am thankful for all that I am learning, and I am sure that it is helping me to become a better educator, facilitator , community organizer and activist. I received degrees from the University of Arkansas – a B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies in 1998 and a M.A. in Spanish Literature in 2000. I am a native Memphian, so I moved back to be closer to family and to coordinate the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Then, I discovered our Anthropology department and wanted to return to academia. I still have my feet in activism, as I serve on the Board of a state-wide organization, the Tennessee Industrial Renewal Network (TIRN), that promotes economic justice. My interests are in immigration and migration, social movements, labor, environment and participatory democaracy. This summer, I received a fellowship to attend the 4th Meeting on the Border Environment in Tijuana, Mexico.

I am also organizing a state-wide speaker tour of a delegation of Mexicans and Tennesseans who have been impacted by globalization. The tour, which is scheduled in November, is also an effort to educate the public about the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). ^top

Cynthia Sadler

I am in the Urban Anthropolgy Track. I presented a paper , "Training Games: Welfare-to-Work Education and Job Training Programs in the Memphis Area", at the Annual SfAA Conference in March. I am also conducting research in the Uptown area regarding the development of a Resident Volunteer Bank that utililizes assets of the residents as a primary tool for community building. ^top

Tanchica Terry

I am a research assistant at the Alcohol and Drug Research Center at the University of Memphis, a quantitative and qualitative research program that evaluates drug and alcohol abuse prevention for the Tennessee Department of Health. My research interests are studying the health concerns of the African population juxtaposed to the African diaspora population. Some colleagues and I presented our research on African American manhood and masculinity at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meeting conference this March. I am also a Del Jones Travel Scholarship recipient for this year’s SfAA conference. In addition, this summer as a Minority International Research Training participant I will conduct research in rural Uganda on the quality of health care.

Congratulations, Tanchica Terry for winning the Society for Applied Anthropology Del Jones Student Travel Award!!! ^top

Jamie Turvey

I am a second-year student of Medical Anthropology anticipating graduation in May. My current major interests include international health, epidemiology, and the effects of global population movement and relocation on women’s/reproductive health. Over the past year, I have been working with the immigrant/refugee population in Memphis on a number of projects including my practicum, a tuberculosis screening outreach initiative with the Memphis/ Shelby County Health Department. Additionally, I have worked extensively in collaboration with classmate Kim Rivers on assessing the issues of structural and linguistic access to maternal health care for immigrant and refugee women. I am hoping to further my academic career by pursuing a Masters of Public Health in the fall. ^top

Kudos to Our 2002-2003 Anthropology Graduates!

Master’s Degree Graduates

Andrew Clark, Daphne Collins, Shawn Marceaux, Sara Perry, Jamison Richardson, Kimberly Rivers, Jamie Turvey, Jason Wiggins, and Saralyn Williams.

Bachelor’s Degree Graduates

Maggie Alana Bowling, Chett Hopper, Dabney Langellier, Emily Diane Palazolo, Ed Siler, Jr., Loretta Sorsby, Frank Steele, and Jeremy Sullivan. ^top

Carol Stack Visits Memphis by Jane Henrici

Carol Stack, Ph.D., anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California at Berkeley, presented a series of lectures concerning her recent research and writing at the University of Memphis in March. She was invited as the Spring 2003 lecturer for the annual Charles H. McNutt Speaker Series in the Department of Anthropology. In addition to her presentations as a McNutt lecturer, Dr. Stack agreed to present both a lecture for the general Memphis community and at a planned faculty symposium. While faculty and staff in the Department of Anthropology, the Women’s Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Center for Research on Women and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities were responsible for the primary arrangements for this visit, Anthropology and Archaeology graduate students Cynthia Sadler and Eric Cruciotti helped enormously.

Carol Stack uses an anthropological perspective to conduct research on urban youth, migration, rural and urban families, service sector employment, and other facets of the social context of education. She has served as the chair of the Women’s Studies program and as the chancellor’s assistant on the status of women at UC Berkeley, writing a report on pay and promotion differentials between male and female faculty members. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Dr. Stack’s most recently published book is Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South (1996), a moving chronicle of the reverse migration of African Americans from the rust belt to southern counties where their families have ties. Call to Home won the Victor Turner Award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. Her other books include Why Work? The Meaning and Dignity of Work in the Lives of Minority Youth (in press); Holding on to the Land and the Lord (with R. Hall, 1982); and a classic study in urban anthropology, All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community (1974). In addition, she collaborated on a book on the impact of breast cancer on the lives of 10 professional women, entitled Breast Cancer? Let Me Check My Schedule! (1994).

The Charles H. McNutt Speaker Series was founded in 1997 by an anonymous donor and named for an emeritus professor in Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis. The Series donor wished graduate and undergraduate students at the at the University, particularly those seeking careers in a field of anthropology, to have the opportunity to meet  professional anthropologists in addition to those within the university’s department and the local community of practitioners. The funding is dedicated to students’ professional development and also supports their attendance at conferences and presentation of papers.

As a lecturer for the The Charles H. McNutt Speaker Series, Dr. Stack met with students at an informal brownbag lunch on Thursday, March 6th, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Manning Hall 202. At 5 p.m., also on Thursday, March 6th, Dr. Stack gave a formal lecture in the Department of Anthropology in Manning Hall 201. The title for the talk was “Coming of Age at Minimum Wage” concerning Dr. Stack’s recent ethnographic research among working urban adolescents and their efforts to respond to limited circumstances.

On Friday March 7th from 1-3 p.m., there was a University Faculty Seminar sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities in Patterson 403. Faculty member participants read a paper by Dr. Stack before attending and discussed the theme of “On Writing Lives.”

In addition, Dr. Stack presented an evening public lecture on campus on March 7th at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Hall 110. She spoke about her award-winning book, Call to Home: African Americans Reclaim the Rural South (1996). Women’s Studies, in its sponsorship of this lecture, gave a reception while Dr. Stack visited the University of Memphis, and The Office of Vice Provost for Extended Programs at the University of Memphis awarded Public Service Funds to support publicity costs for this Friday evening event for the general Memphis community.

On Thursday morning, Hope (Billie) Smith at Interdisciplinary Studies coordinated with Carol Stack when the local Fox affiliate, Channel 13, contacted the University about her visit. The station covered Dr. Stack’s Friday public lecture twice. The story appeared in two different news segments, apparently once with an interview with her and once with an interview with African Americans in Memphis who had returned to the south from the north and who could speak to the topic that she addressed in Call to Home in her Friday lecture.

Our campus activities and contacts seem to have benefited from that additional publicity. Thanks to that television coverage, we not only had audience members from the Memphis community, but at least one person who drove in from Arkansas in order to hear Dr. Stack speak.

 Carol Stack lecturing on March 6, 2003 ^top

COPAA News by Linda Bennett

The Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology (COPAA) Programs held its fourth annual meeting at the 2003 SfAA meetings in Portland. Initially founded at a meeting in Memphis in 2000, the Consortium’s mission is to collectively advance the education and training of students, faculty, and practitioners in applied anthropology. The Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis, is one of twenty-two departmental members of the organization.

Departments with doctoral, master’s, or undergraduate programs having a firm commitment to educating students in applied anthropology are considered for membership. A new web site for the Consortium is available at For more information, please contact Linda Bennett, chair, ( ^top

SfAA News by Linda Bennett

The Department of Anthropology, University of Memphis, had a particularly strong presence at the 2003 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Portland. Eight faculty members attended and seven were on the program (Ruthbeth Finerman, Felicia Harris, Jane Henrici, Stan Hyland, Satish Kedia, Ross Sackett, Charles Williams, and Linda Bennett). We were very pleased that several  students presented papers as well: Mary Campbell , Joseph Kamara, Melina Magsumbol, Kimberly Rivers, Cynthia Sadler, Tanchica Terry, and Jamie Turvey. Tanchica Terry won a Del Jones Travel Award Prize. Congratulations!  ^top

SfAA Student Committee Report by Melina Magsumbol

Two graduate students from the Department of Anthropology will be serving on the executive board of the SfAA Student Committee for 2003-2005. Kimberly Rivers, and Melina S. Magsumbol, will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer and Communications officer/Web master respectively. The Student Committee actively promotes the well being of its members, and serves as the liaison for the Society of Applied Anthropology. It is a fertile ground for the interaction of students from different parts of the world. The Committee is also working towards strengthening collaboration between student organizations both in the US and abroad, and in broadening opportunities for the international exposure of its members. ^top

University of Memphis at the SfAAs

Linda Bennett chaired and participated in “The Applied Anthropologist in Academic Administration: A Fitting Relationship?” Stan Hyland also participated on the panel.

Mary Campbell presented “Maternity Leave and the Working Poor.”

Ruthbeth Finerman chaired “Cutural Competance and Health Care” and presented “Culturally Competent Care: What Works and What Doesn’t?” She also presented “Reconceptualizing Andean House Gardens” with Ross Sackett, who chaired “Reconceptualizing Agriculture Systems.”

Felicia Harris, Joseph Kamara & Tanchica Terry presented “Still Invisible: An Examination of Anthropolgoical Perspectives on African American Masculinity.”

Jane Henrici organized “Poverty Negotiations following Welfare Reform” and presented “Agencies of Change: Nonprofit organizations, Neighborhoods, and Working Women Following Welfare Reform.”

Stan Hyland displayed undisclosed talents as one of the auctioneers at the annual book auction.

Satish Kedia co-chaired “Impact of Pesticide Use and Integrated Pest Management Among Farmers and presented “Impact Assessment of Integrated Pest Management on Farmers’ Health in Luzon, Philippines.”

Linda Bennett & Satish Kedia participated in “Faculty Forum: University Reward Systems and Applied/Practitioner Anthropologists.”

Kimberly Rivers and Jamie Turvey presented “Medical Interpreters Involved in Maternal Health Care in Memphis, Tennessee.”

Melina Magsumbol, presented “It’s Dangerous, But it Depends on How You Use It: Preceptions and Attitudes of Filipino Farmers Towards Agro-chemical Use.”

Cynthia Sadler presented “Training Games: Welfare-to-Work Education and Job Training Programs in Memphis.”

Charles Williams chaired, “Black, White, and Male in America: Cultural and Racial Contexts, and American Masculinities.” He also presented, “Masculinity and Health Seeking Behaviors Among African American Men: A National Crisis.” ^top

Anthropology Club News by Daphne Collins & Melissa Checker

The Anthropology Club kicked off the fall semester with Dr. Ellen Shlasko’s presentation of her research. We also hosted presentations from Brett Magdovicz on the Butler Street Bazaar, a team of anthropologists from Christian Brothers University on the possibility of Summer 2003 research in Uganda, and held a seminar on graduate students in medical anthropology. Getting out into the field, we took a field trip to Historic Elmwood Cemetery to research the possible existence of Mosiac Templar Monuments within the grounds.

In the Spring, the Anthropology Club shifted its focus to film screenings. Students had the opportunity to view “Cannibal Tours,” “Affluenza”, “Green” and “Out of the Forest”. We plan to culminate the semester by screening student video projects.We were also quite pleased to sponsor a talk by Jennifer Prough from Duke University on gender and the comic book industry in Japan.  Because all work and no play isn’t good for anyone, we hosted several social events as well including a Happy Hour at RP Tracks and an outing to the Catfish Factory in Olive Branch, Mississippi. ^top


The Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists hosted its strategic planning session in April at United Housing located at 51 N. Cooper in Midtown. The session focused on developing goals for the upcoming year. The session was open to prospective and current members. For additional information please contact Paige Beverly at MSAPA is also planning a Univeristy of Memphis Anthropology class reunion for the later part of this year.

We are currently recruiting members for the planning committee. To participate on this committee or any other committees please contact Olliette Murry-Drobot at are also looking for articles for the Living Anthropology journal. If you are working on a research project, passion about an issue, etc. contact Christina Horan-Blanchard to submit your article at MSAPA member Melissa Buchner will host this year’s annual Halloween party. Look for your invitation later this year. ^top

Chucalissa News by Gena Horton

It is springtime again at Chucalissa Museum. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming, tourists are abounding, and the sound of Pow-Wow drums are in the air. This year has marked many changes for us here at the museum. The gain and the loss of a director, a brief furlough at the beginning of the fiscal year and the everpresent budget crisis of the state has provided a lot of concern for the museum. But it seems that no one ever talks about the good things at Chucalissa Museum. So, I wanted to let everyone know that there are indeed good things happening here.

Chucalissa Museum’s major priority is the public. For the past 55 years Chucalissa’s goal has been to educate students, researchers, tourists, and the Memphis community about Native Americans and archaeology. We have continued with that goal to this day. This year we have many special events to help in this mission. On March 15, 2003, Chucalissa Museum hosted its 5th annual 5K Relic Run at the site. This run is one of the major fund raisers of the museum. This year saw a grand total of 166 runners and walkers who came out on a beautiful spring day. The run raised approximately $1,500.00 to help the museum purchase a computer program to help organize and catalog the museums many artifacts and photographs. The run is an annual event and occurs every year in March. If you are interested in participating contact Gena Horton at or at 901-785-3160 to be put on the mailing list.

Presently, under the instruction of Dr. Jay Franklin, an organized excavation of Mound A is occurring. Dr. Franklin is a new faculty member at the University of Memphis. He is an archaeologist and lithics expert from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. According to Dr. David Dye, chair of the department of Anthropology, this excavation will only remove the fill dirt that was applied to the mound during a previous dig. This will be done in order to examine the mound stratigraphy and to obtain carbon samples for a more accurate dating of the site. Also helping in the excavation are Todd McCurdy, Jason Wiggins and Chett Hopper. All are graduate students at Chucalissa and are providing much needed assistance at the museum.

Another goal of the museum is to help to repair and rejuvenate the museum buildings and site. As part of our community outreach program with the surrounding schools, children from the J.P. Freeman School will be working with a local artist to construct a large broken tile mosaic on the front wall of the main museum building.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and will provide year round color to the front of the building. Louella Weaver is in the process of writing a National Park Service Grant to help preserve and protect the large ceremonial mound in the Plaza of the village.

The Chucalissa Spring Pow-Wow is scheduled for May 2-4, 2003. This event is a large crowd pleaser for the museum and draws many tourists and Memphians alike. This year will have an assortment of Native American drummers and dancers, craft vendors, foods, and demonstrations. Admission to the museum provides admission to the Pow-Wow. If you have not been to Chucalissa in awhile, this is an excellent time to reacquaint yourself with this amazing site.

This summer, Chucalissa Museum will host a summer camp for children who are interested in learning about Native Americans and archaeology. The summer camp will be scheduled for three weeks during June and July.  If you are interested in volunteering, or if your children are interested in attending please contact Cubert Bell at or at 901-785-3160 for prices and dates.

On August 2-3, 2003 Chucalissa will be the host site for the Choctaw Heritage festival. This event showcases the Choctaw heritage and has examples of Choctaw history, crafts, food, and a stick ball demonstration. If you have never seen a stick ball game it is a truly unique event. Played with a net like lacrosse, a golf ball sized leather ball, the contact of football with no pads, combined together with no rules, makes for an exciting game. On October 21-24, 2003, Chucalissa Museum has its annual Native American Days. This week-long event helps to educate school children about Native Americans. Each year this event draws about 5,000 students to the museum in one week!

Finally, the season winds down with a spectacular and tasty finish. On November 16, 2003, The Friends of Chucalissa host a benefit dinner in Memphis’s most exclusive location, Chez Philippe at the Peabody. This dinner is an elegant combination of 6 courses and 6 of Memphis’s most talented chefs including Jose Gutierrez from Chez Philippe. Combine this together with a silent auction of items donated from some of Memphis’s most exclusive shops and you will receive a most memorable night. For more information about this stellar event contact Gena Horton at or at 901-785-3160. ^top

2002-2003 Faculty Publications

(In Press & Published)

Bennett, Linda

Bennett, Linda. “Anthropological Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Patterns of Non-Commercially Produced Alcoholic Beverage Consumption.” In Moonshine Markets. Alan Harwood, ed. New York: Brunner/Mazel (Dec. 2003).

Checker, Melissa

Checker, Melissa. “Treading Murky Waters: Day-To-Day Dilemmas in the Construction of a Pluralistic U.S. Environmental Movement.” In Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life. Melissa Checker and Maggie Fishman, eds. New York: Columbia University Press (March 2004).

Checker, Melissa and Maggie Fishman. “Introduction.” In Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power and Public Life. Melissa Checker and Maggie Fishman, eds. New York: Columbia University Press (March 2004).

Finerman, Ruthbeth

Finerman, Ruthbeth, C. Blanchard-Horan, S. Jowers and S. Fossett. “The Dual Enrolled as a Disadvantaged Population: Developing Culturally Informed Interventions for Tennessee’s Medicaid/Medicare Women.” Journal of Health Care Administration (Nov. 2002).

Finerman, Ruthbeth. “Feature Article: Saraguro Health.” In Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology. M. & C. Ember, eds. New Haven: Yale University Press (Oct. 2003).

Finerman, Ruthbeth. Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (Melvin Ember and Carol Ember, eds). New Haven: Yale University Press (Oct. 2003).

Henrici, Jane

Henrici, Jane. “Non-governmental Organizations, ‘Fair Trade,’ and Craft Producers: Exchanges South and North.” Visual Anthropology Special Issue (April 2003).

Henrici, Jane. “U.S. Women and Poverty.” Voices (Dec. 2002).

Kedia, Satish

Kedia, Satish, and Stephanie W. Perry. “Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness of State-Funded Clients in Tennessee.” Journal of the National Medical Association (April 2003).

Kedia, Satish, and Charles Williams. “Predictors of Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes in Tennessee.” Journal of Drug Education (Issue 33:1 April 2003).

0Kedia, Satish. “Assessing and Mitigating the Health Impacts of Involuntary Resettlement: The Tehri Hydroelectric Dam Project.” Advances in Science and Technology of Water Resources (Volume 23:2 April 2003).

Kedia, Satish. “Collaborative Evaluation and Group Facilitation: Developing an Evaluation System for Substance Abuse Treatment in Tennessee.” Innovations in Group Facilitation: Applications in Natural Settings. Lawrence R. Frey, ed. Hampton Press (In Press).

Kedia, Satish. “Substance Abuse Treatment Effectiveness in Tennessee.” “2000-2001 Statewide Treatment Outcome Evaluation and Tennessee ADAT-DUI Outcome Evaluation 2000-2001.” Occasional Paper Series 20 & 21, Anthropological Research Center. University of Memphis.

Williams, Charles

Williams, Charles. “Black Neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee: A Historical View.” Grace Magazine (April 2003). ^top

2003 Faculty Presentations

Dye, David. “The Link Farm Site in Regional Perspective.” Invited paper, Tennessee Archaeological Research Conference.

Finerman, Ruthbeth. “Civil Rights and Health Care as a Human Right.” Oxford University Round Table.

Finerman, Ruthbeth. “Medical Anthropology’s Impact on Health Policies and Programs.” Invited Guest Lecture, Ball State University.

Franklin, Jay, Jan F. Simek, Charles H. Faulkner, and Alan Cressler "Bedrock Mortar Hole Sites in Tennessee: Distribution and Variability." 15th Annual Current Research in Tennessee Archaeology Meeting.

Shlasko, Ellen. “Was She a Farmer? The Role of Women in 19th Century West Tennessee.” Society for Historical Archaeology Conference.

Williams, Charles. “Building Community Coalition Toward Syphilis Elimination: Perspectives of Community Resident and Organizations.” 19th Annual Conference of the National Society of Allied Health. ^top

Where Are They Now?

Here’s what some of our recent graduates are up to these days...

Steve Adamson got his Ph.D. from Toronto (Egyptology) and now teaches in a small Texas college and Mairi Albertson is at the Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development.

Roshun Austin-Williams is Executive Director of the Orange Mound Development Corporation.

Gary Barker works as archaeologist for Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville.

Christina Blanchard-Horan is at Mid-South Foundation for Medical Care.

Tim Bolding is Executive Director at United Housing, Inc.

Jamie Branson is writing an historical archaeology dissertation for University of Texas and living in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Ron Brister works at the Pink Palace.

Paul Bundy and Diane Bundy work with Cultural Resource Analyst in Kentucky.

Melisssa Buchner is now with the University of Memphis Dean of Arts and Sciences Office.

Margaret Craddock is Executive Director at Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association.

Brad Elmer is a development analyst with the Center City Commission.

Ray Ezell works with Michael Baker and Assoc in West Virginia.

Newly married Aimee Gilliland works for TennCare in Nashville, and plans to pursue a degree in Social Work.

Stacy Greenberg is a Community Relations Coordinator with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

Susan Haun and Jane Hill are completing their PhDs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlotte Hunter completed her PhD in anthropology at Brown University and is working for the National Park Service in Arkansas.

Janis Foster is a private consultant in Memphis.

Steve James heads Panamerican Consultants. He works with Eric Albertson, Andrew Buchner, Shawn Chapman, Steve James, Andrew Saatkamp, Jon Pressley, Elizabeth (Dee) Turman, and Jerry Wayne (Jay) Gray.

Jenny Key works for Capital Consultants Management Corporation (CCMC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Chris Keopple is working for Southern Illinois Univ. archaeology and writing his dissertation.

Bill Lawrence works for Tennessee Division of Archaeology.

Harrace Mitchell is with the U.S. Forest Service in Mississippi.

James Moore works as archaeologist for Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville.

Nathan Morphew works as an archaeologist with TRC out of Atlanta.

Olliette Murry-Drobot is a Program Officer with Memphis Community Development Partnership (MCDP) the Fair Housing

Mark Norton is an archaeologist for Tennessee Division of Archaeology at Pinson Mounds State Park.

Michelle Owens is the Coordinator for the Orange County Division of Housing and Community Development.

Emily Passini is New Pathways, Inc.’s Executive Director.

Sarah Perry and Frank Mannix are both getting second degrees in Public Health at Tulane.

Rob Quinlan, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of anthropology at Ball State and Marcia Quinlan, PhD is parttime faculty in anthropology at Ball State.

Dawn Ramsey is working on a PhD at the University of Florida.

Regina Rastall fortunately works as the Assistant to the Chair in the Anthropology Department!

Jamie Russell is Director of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Oakland, CA.

Scott Rutter is working for two major health agencies in Sydney Australia on HIV prevention.

Mary E. Starr is working for Mississippi Archaeology (James Lauro’s firm).

Les Seago is now with National Park Service, working as a ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Shannon Tushingham is in an anthropology Ph.D. program at UC Davis.

Chett Walker, Clay Schultz, and Shawn Marceaux are working on their doctorates at the University of Texas.

Richard Walling is now living in New Hampshire, but is working for Lawrence Alexander and Associates.

Guy Weaver heads Weaver and Assoc. and works with Brian Collins, Thomas Carty, Jamison Richardson,

Carmen Dickerson and Warren Oster. Jason Wyatt has been at Weaver but is leaving soon to pursue a Ph.D.

Camille Wharey works with Rick Walling in New Hampshire, trying to save a covered bridge.

Saralyn Williams is a Project Coordinator with Memphis Area Community Reinvestment Organization (MACRO). ^top

Department of Anthropology Gift Fund

The University of Memphis

Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department,

The Department of Anthropology Gift Fund is depleting fast. Please make a charitable tax-free contribution to this account. The check could be made payable to Department of Anthropology Gift Fund and mailed to the Department address c/o Ms. Regina Rastall. Your support and generosity is much appreciated.

Thank you.

—Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Department ^top

We would like to thank all of our contributors for their time and effort in creating this newsletter. Thanks especially to Satish Kedia, Regina Rastall, Jane Henrici, Gena Horton, Andrew Buchner and Saralyn Williams. ^top

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