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Partners in Health | Engage Memphis team organizes fundraiser for the global health work of Partners in Health 

U of M anthropology master's candidates, public health students, CBU students, and community members planned this benefit to be held on Saturday, April 25th from 5:30-9:00pm. Click HERE for event details. 


Partners in health engage

Master's candidates organize screening and panel discussion of "Beyond Babyland" documentary

Master’s candidates and Partners in Health | Engage Memphis group members Jenessa Gebers, Taylor Arnold, Daryl Stephens, Leslie Salama, Caleb Klipowicz, and Alicia Clark partnered with students from other departments and anthropology faculty members Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman and Dr. Kathryn Hicks to organize the public event that explores the high infant mortality rates in Memphis. The panel includes anthropology faculty, alumni, and local medical professionals involved in maternal and child health. The event will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2:00-3:30pm. See flyer here.


chucalissa 17th relic run

Chucalissa Relic Run 5k is THIS WEEKEND

For the 17th consecutive year, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will host its Relic Run 5K on Saturday, March 7 2015! 

Interested in volunteering? Contact Nur Abdalla @


Special Kennewick Man Presentation 

Dr. Doug Owsley’s Kennewick Man presentation at MTSU’s Sam Ingram Building on Tuesday, March 3, 2:00 pm.

Kennewick Man, at 9300 years, is the oldest and most complete skeleton in North America.


The Anthropology Club is participating in supporting and organizing the Freedom Tour: Standing together for Higher Wages and Justice for All. 

Event will take place February 26th, at 6:00pm in UC Ballroom.


National Anthropology Day is Thursday, February 19th, 2015!

"The American Anthropological Association is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists across the world through the declaration of National Anthropology Day"

Click to see the National Anthropology events planned by the Anthropology Club at UofM!



Dr. Robert Connolly Co-Publishes article in Interpreting African American History and Culture

The full article is titled Making African American History Relevant Through Co-Creation and Community Service Learning 

Steve Payne

Masters Candidate Steve Payne published in Jacobin Magazine

Steve’s article covers the recent lockout at Kellogg’s Tennessee cereal factory and the workers’ response to this tactic.



Dr. Stanley Hyland inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

Dr. Hyland was nominated and elected by his peers because of his excellence in collaboration with communities and the university, while addressing critical issues of mutual benefit.



Dr. Keri Brondo elected to the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association

Dr. Brondo was elected by her peers for this important service role.



Anthropology faculty and students helping plan joint University of Memphis and Sierra Club “Community Health, Environmental Justice and Clean Energy” conference November 1st with keynote speaker Dr. Robert Bullard



Listen to a radio interview with Dr. Michael Duke

Dr. Duke talks about his research on the health of Marshall Islanders living in Arkansas on the National Public Radio program “Ozarks at Large.”




Dr. Kathryn Hicks promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor

See her publication in the latest issue of Medical Anthropology Quarterly.


Taylor Arnold completes internship with the National Farm Medicine Center

With Ivanna Pereyra of Salisbury University, he spent eight weeks in Marshfield, Wis., working on Seguridad en las Lecherias, testing culturally appropriate occupational safety and health training for immigrant dairy workers.



Dr. Micah Trapp receives Learn and Serve Grant

Dr. Trapp will use the grant to involves students in her Food, Culture and Power course in research with the Memphis and Shelby County Food Advisory Council.



Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington receives Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Lambert-Pennington’s scholarly contributions exemplify engaged scholarship by emphasizing community involvement and reciprocity.


Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman receives University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business and Law

During her nearly three decades at the University of Memphis, Dr. Finerman has been an extremely productive and highly regarded scholar.




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