NEWS & EVENTS
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Bennett upon her retirement!
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
Congratulations to these students and to all of our graduates!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology,
receives the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Research Award for Excellence in
|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
Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, receives
the 2014 University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in the Social Sciences, Business
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: http://www.sfaa.net/deljones/deljones.html.
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.
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.
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
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.
Alumna, Rachel Wright, receives the Society for the Anthropology of Work Eric R. Wolf
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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