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Welcoming Diversity

This semester's Psychology Forum 'Welcoming Diversity' will feature topics relevant to enhancing our understanding of the African American experience in the U.S. and furthering social justice initiatives.

The first Welcoming Diversity Forum will be held on Friday, February 9 from 12:00 to 12:55 p.m. in the Psychology Building, room 206. It will feature a presentation from Vernā Myers, and a discussion will follow.

Vernā Myers is a Harvard-trained lawyer, author, and diversity consultant. She leads the Vernā Myers Consulting Group, an organization that has helped break down barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in thousand-member workplaces. Her featured presentation is "How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them."

For reference, Myers's personal website is here:


Including Trans Women in Sports

The Philosophy Department in conjunction with the Memphis chapter of Minorities and Philosophy is hosting a lecture by Dr. Rachel McKinnon THIS FRIDAY, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. The talk is entitled "Including Trans Women in Sport: Analyzing Principles and Policies of Fairness in Competition."

McKinnon Talk


Congrats to MA Candidate!

Rebecca JohnsonCongratulations to Rebecca Johnson, a MA in Medical Anthropology and MPH candidate, who has been awarded as the 2018 Public Health Community Scholar! Awardees receive a monthly stipend during their 3-month summer MPH practicum and the
following academic year that completes their graduate study. Additionally, a tuition waiver will be provided for the second year of MPH coursework. The Public Health Department awards are made on the basis of history of contribution to health improvement in the Memphis metropolitan area, academic qualifications, advisor recommendation, and demonstrated need.


Philadelphia Bound!

Congratulations to all of the UofM faculty, students, and alum that are presenting, chairing, and co-chairing sessions at the 2018 SfAAs in Philadelphia!

2018 SfAA List


Women's Leadership Programs

The Spring 2018 Women in Leadership program is designed to educate, empower and support University of Memphis women pursuing leadership roles and experiences. Participants may attend as many programs as they like, but registration is required for each. Click here to learn more about the events and register!


MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service - also put on bulletin board - The University of Memphis' Civic Engagement Board is proud to announce the 1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This service event will help shine a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides not only for this day, but also throughout every day as a Memphian. Registration is available NOW on VolunteerCompass. For questions, please contact Yhazsmin Mason at


Lunch with a Leader

Want to get involved but aren't sure how? Interested in learning how to translate your student leadership experiences to your future career interests? Have an idea to make the UofM a better place? Schedule a Lunch with a Leader to discuss all of this and more with your UofM Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students or SLI staff. To schedule a lunch (free of charge!), email


Congratulations to Dr. Micah Trapp

Congratulations to Dr. Micah Trapp who recently published an article in Economic Anthropology!

The article is titled "Never had the hand": Distribution and inequality in the diverse economy of a refugee camp. It focuses on the ethnographic details of everyday economic life to dismantle dominant narratives that shape current understandings of refugee economies.

For a full version visit:


Practicum Presentations

Congratulations to three of our M.A. Candidates who presented their practicum work today! The next stop for them is graduation!

John Chandler Practicum Presentation             Joyce Harris Practicum Presentation                  Kendra Vaughn Practicum Presentation

                      John Chandler, Joyce Harris, & Kendra Vaughn        John Chandler, Joyce Harris, & Kendra Vaughn with Committee Chairs

Spring 2018 Internships

There are some amazing Spring 2018 internship opportunities at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa! Check them out below!

Spring 2018 Chucalissa Interships

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington Presenting at the AAA's Conference

Check out our own Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington presenting on "Because what we eat is who we are: Growing a New Politics of Food in the Simeto Valley" at the AAA's!

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington Presenting

Dr. Keri Brondo Presenting at the AAA's Conference

Check out our own Dr. Keri Brondo presenting on "Affective Labor and Multispecies Conservation Voluntourism in Utila, Honduras" at the AAA's yesterday!  Photo Cred: M.A. Candidate Ryan Kilfoil

Dr. Keri Brondo Presenting at AAAs

ServiceMaster Fellowship for Fall 2018

Announcing an opportunity for current or prospective Anthropology Graduate students to apply for a fellowship with ServiceMaster!  It covers 9 hours of tuition along with a monthly stipend for the Fall 2018 semester. Learn more about the fellowship >


Congratulations to the Department of Anthropology's Faculty & Alumni!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
8:30 AM - 12:45 PM - Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group Knowledge Exchange - Organized by Michael Duke, University of Memphis

Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Social Justice and Education
Hamda Khan - University of Memphis - Removing Prenatal Care Barriers in Underserved Populations

6:30 PM - 8:15 PM - Circulations, Logics, and Logistics of Food - Organized, Chair, & Discussant Katherine Lambert-Pennington and Micah Trapp, University of Memphis
Presenter Katherine Lambert-Pennington - University of Memphis - Because what we eat Is who we are: Growing an eco-ethical food value chain in Sicily
Presenter Micah Trapp - University of Memphis - Troubled Access at the Farmers Market: nutrition incentives, market tokens, and the matter of distribution

Saturday, December 2, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM - Work, Stress, Families, and Drug and Alcohol Use: Reflections on the Career of Genevieve M. Ames - Organized, Chair, & Discussant Michael Duke, University of Memphis
Presenter Linda Bennett - University of Memphis - Early Career Contributions of Genevieve Ames to Alcohol Studies in Anthropology

4:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Affective Labor: The Politics and Ethics of Transnational Humanitarian Volunteering
Presenter Keri Brondo – University of Memphis - Affective Labor and Multispecies Conservation Voluntourism in Utila, Honduras


Collection of Civil Rights History in Memphis

Check out this article on the collection of Civil Rights History in Memphis. Our very own MA Candidate Sumi Montgomery and Associate Professor Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington worked on this special project.


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.

                                                                    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:

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