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Anthropology Department Blog

Student research conference

Posted: April 24th, 2018 by sbenitoa

Last Thursday, April 19th, 4 of our very own Anthropology student presented their research projects in the Student Research Conference. We are very proud of Sylvie Littledale, Siera Carusone, Catie Owen and Sonia Zacchea for their hard work and wonderful presentations. More on them to come!

Town Hall Meeting

Posted: April 18th, 2018 by sbenitoa

Last night we held the annual town hall meeting and it was an absolute success. We discussed future changes in the department, student research and much more. Thank you to all those who attended!


Fall course schedule

Posted: April 12th, 2018 by sbenitoa

The fall course schedule is complete! With registration only a week away, go check out some of the amazing courses available.



Study corner

Posted: April 6th, 2018 by sbenitoa

With only one month of class left we know you’re all looking for that perfect study spot, so why not come to the Anthropology lab work corner? We have comfortable seats and sofas and a beautiful, large window to let the sunlight shine through. Come be at peace while you work.

Town hall meeting

Posted: April 4th, 2018 by sbenitoa

It’s that time of year again! Ready for the annual Anthropology Town Hall Meeting? All students, whether you’re an anthropology major or minor, are welcome to attend and share their ideas and opinions on how the anthropology department can improve. The faculty will also share their new programs and initiatives and allow students to become involved in all things regarding their future and the future of our department.

Come and join!


Aden Haji Interview

Posted: April 3rd, 2018 by sbenitoa

Aden Haji, ’19, is an Anthropology major who is speaking up about his experiences at UVM. He came to Burlington at the young age of 8 from Somalia with his family and since then has founded “Speak Up Roosevelt Forum” (S.U.R.F.), which is a community-based initiative that unites community members, organizations and law enforcement to discuss how Burlington can become a more open and inclusive city to multicultural voices.

The link below is an interview undergone in December 2017 with Channel 17, where Aden discusses a variety of topics, including his role as a community leader and how the Anthropology department has helped him grow both personally and mentally.

Aden speaks about the Anthropology department from minute 20:45 to 23:45.

For full interview, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynpSob3GJkY&t=1203s

Professor Jonah Steinberg begins research project and finishes second book

Posted: March 31st, 2018 by sbenitoa

Professor Jonah Steinberg has begun a new project in Marseille, France, where he looks at sections where the Romas and the refugees intersect. His focus is on their relationship and the feelings that stem from this: segregation, expulsion, and rejection.

After travelling back and forth between Burlington and India for years, he is also writing the finishing lines of his second book Garland of Bones, which will be published by Yale University Press. He relates the story of the thousands of children throughout India that run away from home and live by the train tracks. Their futures hold a series of heartbreaking traumas: HIV, tuberculosis, train accidents, and so much more. Stay tuned for release dates.

Spots available for summer course

Posted: March 31st, 2018 by sbenitoa

Teresa Mares will be teaching a summer course called “Latinos in the US” (ANTH 169) designed as a survey of people of Latino and Hispanic descent living in the United States. Students will learn about the history and diversity of Latinos and how race and ethnicity is defined by anthropologists. It also falls under the category of a D1.

Anthropology Major Celina Rossier goes to grad school

Posted: March 31st, 2018 by sbenitoa

Celina will be graduating this May with a major in Anthropology, focusing on Global Health, and a minor in ASL (American Sign Language). She was recently accepted for a Master’s program at Gaulladet University in Washington D.C. where she will continue her education on deaf studies. She will further examine Deaf Culture and ASL using her skills in cultural and linguistic anthropology.

Professor Luis Vivanco’s upcoming travels and research.

Posted: March 31st, 2018 by sbenitoa

After being inspired by a friend to look into the impacts of biking in a community, Luis Vivanco ventures into a new research opportunity around the world. His adventure began in Bogota, during 2014, where he was doing ethnographic research on the city’s bike culture and politics. Bogota has one of the worlds best developed transportation systems which is what brought him there. He is soon travelling to Aarhus, Denmark to look into green urbanism through mobility and how this city can accomplish having biking as the main means of transport and to compare his findings to those from Colombia. Bikes have become the gateway to understanding three completely different cities around the world. Eventually, all this information will come together to become a book.

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