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Congratulations to Ms. Wilkerson and Ms. Ballard!

Congratulations to Ms. Paulette Wilkerson, nominee for the TIAA Presidential Award, recognizing employees for making a lasting impact on the University through support, stewardship and teamwork, and to Ms. Evell Ballard,nominee for the TIAA
Excellence in Academic Relations Award, which recognizes and honors employees for their exceptional contribution efforts and contributions to the University.

The Department of Anthropology could not run as smoothly as it does without these wonderful ladies!

Professional Connections

Professional Connections is an opportunity for students to interact with local professionals over a lunch provided by Student Leadership & Involvement Office. The upcoming session is on Thursday, November 16th, from 12:30 - 2:00 in the Rose Theatre South Lobby and the presenter will be discussing the value of professional & strategic planning in the workplace.

Chi Alpha Campus Ministries presents Friendsgiving!

It's time for Thanksgiving! If you live away from family you might not be excited for Thanksgiving, but don't fret!
The Chi Alpha International Campus Ministries with help from Vietnamese Student Association, Asian American Association, and Hispanic Student Association is hosting a Friendsgiving International Dinner. Everyone is welcome!
The dinner is a potluck! Bring a small dish that is either Thanksgiving style or a food that represents your culture along with you!

Date: November 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Baptist Student Union (BCM)

CoPed 2017 Summer School

Every year students and faculty from around the world come to the Simeto Valley to support the community for the implementation of a community-based Strategic Development Plan called Simeto River Agreement inspired by social solidarity and the need of a new alliance between people and nature.

Our very own Graduate students and Dr. Lambert-Pennington have worked with the Simeto Valley over the years. Check out this video on the CoPED Summer School!

Legislative Luncheon with Senator Tate

Register for our Legislative Luncheon with Senator Tate to inquire about his job and current and future impact on our community. Free food will be provided.

Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: UC Ballroom B

Safety Net Organization: focus group meeting

"Hands to heal, not to harm. Because no one should survive alone." Through education and agency, we will provide support to all students at the University of Memphis regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin who are survivors of sexual violence. We believe sexual violence in all its forms: harassment, assault, abuse, violence, and rape, to be a universal issue that affects many as opposed to few. Aiming to address specific needs of each community, LGBTQ+, non-binary, men, and women, we hope to provide survivors resources proven to be therapeutic and a source of empowerment to each individual as they cope with a past or recent traumatic experience.
Please join us to share your input, ask questions, and see how you can be involved in shaping our campus to ensure a peaceful tomorrow.

Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 8:00PM – 10:00PM
Location: UC Shelby Room

International Studies Program Orientation & Info Session

The International Studies Program is hosting an orientation and information session for current and interested students on November 2nd from 11:30am-1:00pm in the University Center Beale Room.

                                                                                   International Studies Program

University of Memphis College Democrats

The University of Memphis College Democrats are hosting an event on Wednesday, October 25th at 7pm at UC Ballroom B to discuss free speech, crime and poverty, immigration, gun legislation, and confederate statues. Come join the discussion!

                                                                          Town Hall Poster

Literature Review Workshop

At some point in your educational career you will need to write a literature review (or many!). Lit reviews are an important part of writing a paper or grant but they may be tricky sometimes.

The McWherter Library is hosting a Literature Review Workshop on Thursday, November 2 from 3:30pm-4:30pm in room 225.
It's free but you need to register here to attend:

                                                                    Literature Review Workshop

Congratulations to Alum April Steele

Congratulations to alum April Steel on joining Southern Growth Studio's Anthropology team!  Check out the article here:

MD2K Career day

What will you be doing after you earn your graduate degree? Will you pursue a career in academia, in private industry or in government? Graduates are often faced with a variety of choices, but which one is best? In partnership with the UofM Graduate School, Graduate Student Association and FedEx Institute of Technology, the Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) research cluster is announcing the first MD2K Career Day. This event will offer graduate students a wealth of information regarding post-graduate careers from experienced professionals in various career fields.

MD2K Career Day will include panels featuring well-known and well-regarded speakers who share how they have used their graduate education within their respective careers. Panelists include Dr. M. David Rudd, President of the University of Memphis, Dr. Susan Murphy of Harvard University, Dr. Jim Rehg of Georgia Tech and others. Dr. Vivek Shetty of UCLA will serve as the moderator for the panel discussions.

When?: October 25th from 12:30 - 3PM
Where?: FedEx Institute of Technology on UofM Campus

5th Annual TIGUrS Sweet Potato Pull

TIGUrS Garden 5th Annual Sweet Potato Pull - Luscious, organically-grown sweet potatoes have been working hard underground since late last spring and are now excitedly anticipating going home with you; however you have to dig them up! It is messy and fun, eventually...tasty! If you have a garden trowel and/or pruning shears, please bring them. Also, be certain to wear comfortable clothing that can stand to get filthy and do not forget to bring a bottle of water. TIGUrS will also be digging up sun choke, turmeric, and a tiny bit of ginger.

Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Behind Elma Roane Field House

Why: Let's know where our food comes from!

Congratulations to Dr. Micah Trapp

Congratulations to Dr. Micah Trapp who led the instrumental study that influenced the Board of Trustees in voting for six weeks of paid parental leave! 

Check out the article here:

2017 Lead Conference

Memphis students are Driven by Doing! Demonstrate that drive by participating in the 2017 LEAD Conference. The annual conference provides training and engages presenters and facilitators from across the City of Memphis. Through a combination of keynote speakers, self-selected breakout sessions, and shared conversations, students hear from campus and community leaders about a range of topics meant to support organizational growth and personal development. You will have several opportunities to network with fellow students and Memphians throughout the conference.

This year's LEAD Conference will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Center.

The theme for this year's conference is "Creating Change" and will focus on developing students' ability to act as change agents in their organizations and communities. Presentations and sessions will be grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Our keynote speaker will be Luke Pruett, recruiting director for City Leadership, the parent entity behind Choose901.

Register here! Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18. Please contact Michael Marino at for more information.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Duke

Dr. Michael Duke


Congratulations to Dr. Michael Duke on his recent publication "Neocolonialism and Healthcare Access among Marshall Islanders in the United States" in the AAA's Medical Anthropology Quarterly!


Asset-Based Community Development Workshop

Center for Transforming Communities is having an Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop next Tuesday, October 17 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

ABCD is the cornerstone of CTC's work in the Memphis community, and we are always excited about the opportunity to share ABCD with others. The workshop will give you a basic overview of ABCD, as well as an introduction to some practices and exercises you can use to begin applying ABCD in your neighborhood or community. Registration is $85.

Check here for more info:

The Life and Times of Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Students from the honors forum "The Life and Times of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara" have created research posters assessing the legacy of Che that will be displayed in the lobby of the main library in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his murder. There will be an opening reception TODAY at 4pm in the library with food and an acoustic guitarist that everyone is welcome to attend.

                                                                       Life and Legacy of Che

Student Health Fair

The annual Student Health Fair is TODAY from 10am-2pm at the Student Plaza. Come by and learn about healthy behaviors, meet campus and community health and wellness partners, and get free swag (including some food) to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

Celebrating Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman & the CAB

On September 5th, we celebrated Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman's 12 years as Department Chair and the Community Advisory Board!  Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

Drs. Keri Brondo, Ruthbeth Finerman, and Linda Bennett    The Community Advisory Board 

 M.A. Candidates

2017 Tiger Blue Goes Green

The 2017 Tiger Blue Goes Green event is TOMORROW from 10am-2pm in the Rose Theatre Lobby. Come by for free food, a t-shirt, goodies, and information to help save the environment through sustainable practices!

Holocaust Travel Seminar

Rhodes College presents the Holocaust Travel Seminar! Explore Jewish and non-Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust abroad in Berlin, Buchenwald, Prague, Auschwitz, Krakow, and Warsaw from May 20-June 3, 2018.

For more information check out the flyers below and email Professor Steve Haynes at

Holocaust Travel Seminar                  Holocaust Travel Seminar    

International Archaeology Day

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa presents International Archaeology Day on Saturday October 21st from 10am to 3pm!

It's free for children under 4 and adults with a UofM ID card! $4 for children ages 4-11 and seniors, $6 for adults.

                                                                    International Archaeology Day

Welcoming Diversity Forum

The Department of Psychology's next Welcoming Diversity Forum will be held this week—on Friday, October 6 from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. at the Psychology Building Room 209.

It will feature a presentation from Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, and a discussion will follow. Dr. Lipstadt is a historian and the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University.
Her presentation is titled "Behind the Lies of Holocaust Denial."

Bring your lunch, participate, and enjoy! Snacks and drinks will be served.

The Future of Food

Future of Food Flyer



The Future of Food: A Panel Discussion about the Science and Meaning of American Foodways.

Tuesday, October 3; Reception at 6:30pm, Panel at 7pm

Room 250 in the Art and Communication Building at UofM.





Critical Conversation

Let's have a Critical Conversation about Drawing the Protest Line: Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Expression on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. in the UC River Room (300). Pizza will be served!

Topics include: What is free speech and why do we value it? What is the distinction between free speech and hate speech? How can students voice dissent without threatening the university's culture of inclusivity? What are guidelines for protest at public institutions?

#MEMBound Fair

#MEMBound Fair 


Graduate students Kaylee Burgan and Jordan Goss were at the #MEMBound fair for high school students entering the college world next semester!



Study Abroad Fair

If you're interested in study abroad the Study Abroad Fair is Monday October 2 from 10 a.m – 2 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre. Hear from past participants and faculty leaders, learn about program and scholarship opportunities, and enter a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship for a UofM Study Abroad Program. Coffee and lunch will be served!

More information here:

Study Abroad Opportunity

Check out this awesome Study Abroad opportunity in Cuzco, Peru!

Study Abroad

2017 Hooks Institute Open House

The 2017 Hooks Institute Open House & Release of the Hooks Policy Papers is Thursday Oct. 5, 2017, Reception is at 5:30 pm, the Panel Discussion is at 6 pm in the University Center (304) Bluff Room.

Join us for the release of the Hooks Institute Policy Papers (3rd edition). Authors of the Policy Papers will present their research on critical civil rights issues of today including the Trump Administration's roll back on LGBT rights, the impact of immigration on a small Arkansas town, the influence of Muslims and Islam on the nation's fabric, and what we can learn from welfare in Native American communities.

Congrats to Drs. Hicks & Brondo, & Mr. Marczynski!

Congratulations to Drs. Kathryn Hicks, Keri Brondo, and Mr. Rob Marczynski on being the recipients of the Sierra Club Environmental Justice Program's 2017 Dick Mochow Environmental Justice Award!

Recipients of this award must show concern for environmental justice communities, determination and dedication in going that
extra mile to embrace it as a subject to explore in classrooms and instill knowledge and appreciation for communities that are
challenged with environmental burdens.

Congratulations to Dr. Lambert-Pennington!

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington was awarded a Highland Area Renewal Corporation (HARC) Angel Award. The awards honor those involved in community service in our neighborhoods.

Annual HARC Angel Awards honor organizational partners from the Neighborhood, University, and city at large. The mission of HARC is to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods surrounding the University of Memphis.

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington at HARC Award ceremony                                               Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington at HARC Award Ceremony

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington at HARC Award Ceremony 


Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington with Ann Al-Chokhachi, Evangelism Coordinator at St. Luke's Methodist Church, and TK Buchanan, Community Safety Liaison at the University of Memphis.


Works in Progress Symposium!

Works In Progress Symposium (WIPS), is just around the corner! WIPS is an annual event that features 15-minute oral presentations by students who are currently conducting research on campus. Research does not have to be complete; it can be a "work in progress" or even a research proposal. The deadline for submissions is October 13th.

Date: October 30, 2017

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: University Center

15th Annual Grassroots EJ Conference

The 15th Annual Grassroots EJ Conference is on October 14th, 2017 from 9am-2:30pm on the third floor of the University Center.
You have to pre-register to attend! Here: htt://

       Annual Grassroots EJ Conference       Annual Grassroots EJ Conference

Dr. Lawrie Balfour to Speak

Reparations: A Democratic Idea

Dr. Lawrie Balfour from the University of Virginia will be speaking on September 28 in the UC River Room at 6pm; Reception is at 5:30pm!

Dr. Hicks at Humanities on Tap

Cheers to Dr. Kathryn Hicks who presented her work on obesity and race at the Humanities on Tap event!

                Kathryn Hicks at Humanities on Tap                                                        Kathryn Hicks at Humanities on Tap 

Dr. Soltis to Speak

Dr. Pam Soltis from the University of Florida, National Academy of Sciences Member, Distinguished Professor, and Curator of Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics, will speak September 28 at 4:00 p.m. in Ellington Hall. Refreshments and meet and greet beginning at 3:30.

Tiger Talent Ready Professional Development Series

The Tiger Talent Ready Professional Development Series is happening throughout September, October, and November! Check out these awesome workshops to help you enter the workforce with ease.

You'll learn how to create/edit your resume, dress work appropriate, pitch yourself to future employers, and improve your interview skills!

Check out the images linked below to check dates/times and locations for the workshops!

                                          Professional Development Series  Professional Development Series

Gender and Humanitarian Issues in Wartime Iraq Gender and Humanities in Wartime Iraq


Dr. Susan Hannah Allen will be speaking about Gender and Humanitarian Issues in Wartime Iraq on September 22nd from 2-3pm in the FedEx Institute of Technology Room 407.


Humanities on Tap Event

MOCH Event



Join us for an evening of beer and conversation on September 21 at 6:00 PM at Hammer & Ale in Cooper-Young (921 S. Cooper St.)!

The 2017 Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities Freeburg Faculty Fellows will share their research over craft brews with plenty of time for questions and discussion. We hope you'll join us to hear our very own Dr. Kathryn Hicks presenting her work!



Anthropology club Hosts a Meet and Greet

Join us this FRIDAY from 12pm-1pm for a Welcome Back Meet and Greet in Manning Hal 322. There will also be an information session for current and prospective anthropology students!