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Spring 2014

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Taylor Arnold finishes internship with The National Farm Medicine Center

Ivanna Pereyra, Salisbury University, and Taylor Arnold, University of Memphis, spent eight weeks in Marshfield, Wis., working primarily on Seguridad en las Lecherias, a project that is testing culturally appropriate occupational safety and health training for immigrant dairy workers.

Pereyra and Arnold came to the Farm Center as part of the Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP), an initiative of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics Competition for internships was keen with just 34 positions nationwide for more than 400 applicants.

“We greatly appreciate this experience,” Pereyra and Arnold wrote. “It opened our eyes to the way that food is produced and the labor-intensive tasks involved. Working with both Hispanic laborers and farm owners helped put a face to the industry. We have a renewed respect for the people that work hard and take great risks in order to put food on the table.”

Pereyra and Arnold presented results of their internship during a national Occupational Health Internship Program videoconference on August 7.

National Farm Center

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Congratulations to Dr. Linda Bennett upon her retirement!


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Graduation Awards from the Department of Anthropology

Nur Abdalla (left), graduating senior, wins the 2014 Outstanding Scholarship Award.

Kenny Latta (right), Masters graduate, has been awarded the 2014 Engaged Community Service Award.

Congratulations to these students and to all of our graduates!

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2014 grads

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Dr. Micah Trapp receives a Learn and Serve Grant

Dr. Micah Trapp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Learn and Serve grant. The grant will be used in a new course Food, Culture, and Power to be taught in Spring 2015. Students will have the opportunity to apply research skills and topical expertise on food justice outside of the classroom in collaboration with the Memphis and Shelby County Food Advisory Council. Kitchen Lab sessions will complement course readings and discussions by providing hands-on learning about the relationships between meaning, power, and food production. ​


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Anthropology Club hosts Omni School Students

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington organized a trip to the AAA Race Exhibit at the Pink Palace for the Anthropology Club and a few Omni School students.  More information can be found on the Anthropology Club page.

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news & events alumni news

Practicing Anthropology for Spring 2014 is Co-edited by Alumnus Amy Santee

Practicing Anthropology 36(2), “Introduction to Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector: Reflections on Work Experiences and Opportunities for the Future of Business Anthropology,” was co-edited by Amy Santee (Urban, 2011) and features articles by Amy as well as Allison Hennie (2011).  The publication can be found here.

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Dr. Michael Duke receives a Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Michael Duke, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant. The funded project consists of an ethnographic participatory action research study to assess the cultural, social, and structural impediments to medical treatment and adherence among Marshall Islanders residing in Springdale, AR, which has the largest Marshallese community in the continental US.


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Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology, receives the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington’s scholarly contributions exemplify engaged scholarship by emphasizing community collaborations and reciprocity. She addresses urban development, community building, participatory action research, and community-university partnerships. Described as “an exceptional model for how universities can promote engaged scholarship,” Dr. Lambert-Pennington involves the resources of the University of Memphis in her work, creates opportunities for students and colleagues, and collaborates with community partners in the design and application of the research. She currently co-chairs the University Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee. In 2011, she received national recognition for her engaged scholarship by receiving the Ernest Lynton Award for Early Career Scholars from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Among her projects are the South Memphis Revitalization Project, the Vance Avenue Collaborative, the South Memphis Farmers Market Evaluation Project, and the Strengthening Communities Initiative. Dr. Lambert-Pennington’s work has helped generate more than $750,000 in funding, that no only enhances the communities which collaborate with her, but also has created numerous service-learning experiences for students.


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Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, receives the 2014 University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business and Law

During her nearly three decades at The University of Memphis, Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman has been an extremely productive and highly regarded scholar both nationally and internationally. Her research centers on applied medical anthropology involving U.S. immigrants and populations in Central and South America. Her research has directly and positively impacted the fields of healthcare and family health both in Memphis and abroad. According to Dr. Linda Whiteford, Professor of Anthropology, University of South Florida, Dr. Finerman’s work “is a remarkable production of high quality and high impact research.” She has authored 28 articles and chapters, and helped to produce five books, and has written more than 27 research reports for institutions such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Agency for International Development Her publications reflect her significant contributions to better understanding the cultural variables that shape women’s health. Much of her collaborative work has received significant funding through grants totaling more than one million dollars.


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Jenessa Gebers receives College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Funds and a Study Abroad Scholarship to travel to Uganda for her practicum

Jenessa Gebers, candidate for the Master of Arts in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment funding and a scholarship from the Study Abroad office to travel to the Iganga District of Uganda this summer.  For her practicum she will conduct research as a member of the Water and Sanitation team with the Uganda Village Project. jg

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Faculty, Students, and Alumni attend the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Six faculty, 15 graduate students, and 9 alumni presented session papers or posters for the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 18-22. The reunion dinner on March 20 was a great way to catch up with everyone.

SfAA 2014 Reunion Dinner
Dr. Keri Brondo and Dr. Kathryn Hicks co-organized a double session entitled Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and Community-Building: The Place of Community Gardens, Farmers Markets, and Public Fisheries in Memphis, TN for which Dr. Micah Trapp acted as the discussant.  The complete panel program can be found here.

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Additionally, several University of Memphis student and alumni sessions have been features as SfAA podcasts:
Amy Santee (Urban, 2011): Coming of Age in the Corporate Context: Exploring the Non-Linear Transition from Student to Practitioner and Back Again and Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations , New Futures (chair)
Rachel Wright (2007): Paid in Different Ways: New Solutions to Nonprofit Employee Compensation
Anna Gattuso (GDC, 2014): Complementary Styles: Engineering and Anthropology at the University of Memphis

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Carolyn Trimble receives the Del Jones Memorial Travel Award

Carolyn Trimble, candidate for the Master of Arts in the University of Memphis Department of Anthropology, has won a prestigious travel award from the international Society for Applied Anthropology, to attend and present her paper at their annual conference, which meets in March 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.  The SfAA website describes the Del Jones Memorial Travel Award as follows: “Del Jones was a distinguished member of SfAA and an African American anthropologist who developed perspectives that could assist and transform the lives of oppressed and disadvantaged peoples. Following his death in 1999, close friends and members of the Society established the Del Jones Memorial Fund. This Fund supports a travel grant of $500 for a student to attend the annual meeting of the Society. The Del Jones Travel Award is intended to increase minority participation in SfAA, particularly African American participation, but also to honor the life and work of Del Jones independently of the minority criterion.  The winning paper will best reflect the contributions and/or life experiences of Del Jones.” For more information visit: carolyn

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Sara Woodard, Kyle Simpson, and Kenny Latta participate in the Study Abroad Fair

These students studied abroad with the Anthropology of Tourism, Sustainability and the Environment course last summer in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The course was taught by Dr. Keri Brondo and more information about their experience can be found here.

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C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Receives AmeriCorps Award

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa has received the Sponsor of the Year award from AmeriCorps (part of the National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC). The award recognizes the unique role the museum played in coordinating collaborative projects between AmeriCorps teams and community partners in southwest Memphis.  For more details please see the complete release here.

news & events faculty publications

Dr. Linda Bennett releases a co-edited volume with Dr. Linda Whiteford on “Anthropology and the Engaged University: New Vision for the Discipline Within Higher Education”.

This volume also includes a co-authored piece with Dr. Stan Hyland on “Responding to Community Needs through Linking Academic and Practicing Anthropology: An Engaged Scholarly Framework.”

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Dr. Micah Trapp publishes an article with UNHCR

Dr. Micah Trapp, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, published an articles with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Policy and Evaluation Unit entitled "Remittances as informal aid: Livelihoods and migration in a Liberian refugee camp."  You can access the article here.

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Alumna, Rachel Wright, receives the Society for the Anthropology of Work Eric R. Wolf Prize

Rachel Wright’s article, "Who’s the Boss? The Matryoshka Power and Governance in Nonprofit Organizations," was published in the Anthropology of Work Review and is based upon her research in Memphis. More information about the Eric Wolf Prize can be found here.



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