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Anthropology Department Blog

Distinguished Alumni Lecture a Success!

Posted: October 8th, 2015 by tmares

In the first lecture in our Distinguished Alumni series, Lauren-Glenn Davitian (’82), founder of CCTV’s Center for Media and Democracy, shared an interactive presentation about her work, responsible citizenship, and the ways in which she sees Anthropology as an important way of approaching the human experience. You can see the audio-visual materials from her talk here:


Dr. Emily Manetta on Vermont Public Radio!

Posted: August 6th, 2015 by tmares

Dr. Emily Manetta speaks on Vermont Edition today about endangered languages, in a piece co-produced by Anthropology major Erin Lucey (’16):

Dr. John Crock presents to Annual Meeting of the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society

Posted: July 27th, 2015 by tmares

Dr. John Crock, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Consulting Archaeology Program at UVM, recently co-presented at the Annual General Meeting of The Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Socity, along with Dr. David Watters. Their presentation was recently featured in The Anguillian, the weekly independent newspaper of Anguilla. Dr. Crock was also recently elected to a Director position on the Executive Board of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology.

Congratulations to Luke Dorman for receiving Hannah Howard Prize

Posted: May 18th, 2015 by tmares

Anthropology Major Luke Dorfman (Class of 2015) received one of only two Hannah Howard Prizes awarded to members of the class of 2015 for outstanding academic accomplishment — way to go, Luke!


Dr. Rob Gordon reports on Alumni Success!

Posted: May 18th, 2015 by tmares

Our alumni are EVERYWHERE!!

On a recent research trip to Namibia, Dr. Gordon had the good fortune to meet up with Anne Angarola (class of 2010) who was in Windhoek, the Namibian capital setting up an exchange scheme for talented African leaders for IREX a DC based international non-profit organization which promotes local leadership and institutions in many parts of the globe. It was great to catch up with her over some good Namibian beer. She has certainly packed in a wealth of experience since leaving UVM including ten years of experience working with Jifundishe, a small development NGO based in rural Tanzania and obtaining a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Prior to joining IREX she worked at the US Institute of Peace in their Center for Gender and Peacebuilding.


Another Alumnus has achieved fame and fortune in Switzerland. Jenna Iodice (Class of 2006) has been chosen for the Swiss Ultimate Frisbee Team. In between training sessions she managed to obtain a Masters in International Relations from Syracuse and is a Project Officer in the Migration Health Division of the International Organization for Migration in Geneva (Switzerland, not upstate New York!) where she has undertaken missions to Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. She is hoping to pursue graduate studies in the Anthropology of Health and has been accepted at Oxford.


Congratulations and Best Wishes to Dr. Parker VanValkenburg

Posted: May 18th, 2015 by tmares

Parker VanValkenburgh’s co-authored article with Sarah Kennedy entitled “Zooarchaeology and Changing Food Practices at Carrizales, Peru Following the Spanish Invasion” was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. He is also a co-author on the article “Sherds on the Edge: Characterisation of 16th Century Colonial Spanish Pottery Recovered from the Solomon Islands,” with Sarah Kelloway, Timothy Ferguson, Javier G. Iñañez, Cody C. Roush, Martin Gibbs and Michael D. Glascock, which will be published in the next issue of the journal Archaeometry.

In April, Parker presented two presentations at the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in San Francisco — ” Gardens and Forking Paths: A Genealogy of Landscape and Subject Formation in the Zaña Valley, Peru” and ”Architecture in Negative: Mapping Social Space at Carrizales, Peru Using Low Altitude Aerial Photography and Photogrammetry,” with Mark Willis and Chester P. Walker.

Parker will be leaving UVM at the end of May to join the department of Anthropology at Brown University as an Assistant Professor. He is deeply grateful for the support of colleagues, students, and friends in the UVM department of anthropology for what has been a truly wonderful two years on campus.

Dr. Emily Manetta to be published in Linguistic Inquiry!

Posted: May 18th, 2015 by tmares

Emily Manetta’s new article, written with collaborator Vera Gribanova of Stanford, entitled “Ellipsis in wh-in-situ languages: deriving apparent sluicing in Hindi-Urdu and Uzbek” has been accepted to appear later this year in Linguistic Inquiry. The article emerges from original fieldwork with both Hindi-Urdu and Uzbek speakers and calls for revisions in crosslinguistic generalizations concerning patters of sluicing.

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich, Nuquist Award Winner!

Posted: May 6th, 2015 by tmares

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich (Class of 2015) who has recently been awarded the Nuquist Award for Outstanding Student Research on a Vermont Topic by UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont. Shannon was awarded this prize in recognition for her outstanding honors thesis entitled Gone to Market: Perceptions, Motivations, and Values of Farmers Market Participants in Burlington Vermont. Shannon will begin the Accelerated Masters Program in Food Systems in the fall of UVM and has a bright future of food-systems work ahead of her! Congratulations Shannon!

Prof. Luis Vivanco Promoted

Posted: May 1st, 2015 by dblom

The department would like to congratulate Prof. Luis Vivanco in his promotion from Associate Professor to full Professor. A well-deserved accomplishment!

Congratulations to Anthropology Students Earning Phi Beta Kappa Distinction

Posted: April 28th, 2015 by dblom

The department would like to congratulate the following Anthropology majors and minors have been invited to become members of Phi Beta Kappa:

Alyson Atherton
Nicole Bull
Hunter Cropsey
Andria Cubero
Luke Dorfman
Melissa Guzikowski
Kara McDonald
Vicky Mooney
Esther Nemethy
Donna Waterman
Kaitlyn Vitez

Well done!

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