Category: Anthropology

Stories for Sustainability with Dr. Sasi Balasundaram

Stories for Sustainability with Dr. Sasi Balasundaram

“Climate change is overwhelming and students need to understand that they can make a difference—I want them to feel empowered and give them hope.”—Dr. Sasi Balasundaram
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology Dr. Sasi Balasundaram, has been spinning in many circles as of late. With a life-long-interest in environmental and social justice issues, Balasundaram has […]

Alumni Selected to Present at Reputable Conference

Alumni Selected to Present at Reputable Conference

“Through this project, I hope people can appreciate learning about things they don’t know about.”–Jacob Sebok
Alumnus, Jacob Sebok
During his final year at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Anthropology major, Jacob Sebok, invested much of his time and energy into creating a digital archive for the endangered languages of Nepal. Sebok started working with linguistics specialist, Dr. […]

Anthropology’s Balasundaram connects local food system to sustainability

Anthropology’s Balasundaram connects local food system to sustainability

Sasikumar Balasundaram, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology is researching sustainability in society.  Balasundaram is an applied cultural anthropologist, formerly conducting field work in India and working the U.N. and is now looking into food systems intersecting with sustainability.
Sasikumar Balasundaram
“For me, sustainable food system involves challenging the growth-oriented capitalist project that undermines the […]

A culture lives on: SIUE student's project explores Indonesian culture with puppet exhibit

A culture lives on: SIUE student’s project explores Indonesian culture with puppet exhibit

Mariah Huelsmann selected a collection of Javanese puppets because their curvature, symbolic crowns and detailed sculpt do more than captivate audiences.
SIUE senior Mariah Huelsmann is creating a museum exhibit display of Javanese puppets in Peck Hall. Huelsmann is the 2016 commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences. (Photo courtesy of the Anthropology Department)
“They […]

New CAS student senators hope to connect with classmates this fall

New CAS student senators hope to connect with classmates this fall

SIUE’s College of Arts and Sciences student senators believe changes in the student government structure will give better representation to CAS students next fall.
Cody Osborne
Landon Montgomery
Haley Schlecht
Students were elected by direct vote from students enrolled in each college on candidates who were also enrolled in their respective colleges. This year’s CAS representatives are sophomore Cody […]

SIUE students help conserve archaeological field site

SIUE students help conserve archaeological field site

Anthropology students plant seeds at the Gehring Site on the west side of campus in January. (Photo courtesy of Julie Holt)
Often in the field of archaeology, the effects on the ecological environment can be overlooked. In order to create awareness and to help conserve SIUE’s site, anthropology professor Julie Holt and senior Shannon Miller organized […]

SIUE alum showcases research on early South American sexuality, culture

SIUE alum showcases research on early South American sexuality, culture

Mary Weismantel is not shy about her archaeological interests. The SIUE alum’s area of research centers on gender and sexuality studies.
Northwestern University anthropology professor Mary Weismantel, an SIUE alum, will host a lecture on prehistoric South American pottery called "sex pots." The pots, which depict erotic sexual acts, were created by the Moche people. The […]

Beyond Stereotypes: Native American photographer showcases modern depictions of Indians

Beyond Stereotypes: Native American photographer showcases modern depictions of Indians

For more than three decades, photographer Jeff Thomas has worked tirelessly to dispel the myth of the vanishing Indian.
Jeff Thomas' photo of the Samuel de Champlain monument in Ottawa, titled "Ground Zero" helped inspire an activist movement that resulted in the removal of the Indian Scout statue in the lower left of the photo. The […]

Local archaeological site provides window to historical past

Local archaeological site provides window to historical past

Near the western edge of SIUE’s campus by Stadium Drive sits a patch of old farmland.  The 35-acre field provides a glimpse into prehistoric American life in the St. Louis area.
Anthropology students work during summer field school at the Gehring excavation site on the west side of the SIUE campus. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Julie […]

Students can journey into local history at Mississippian art exhibit

Students can journey into local history at Mississippian art exhibit

Artifacts from one of North America’s oldest and largest cultures are on display in nearby St. Louis.
Amy Clark, curator at the St. Louis Art Museum, gave a presentation and lecture on Mississippian art Jan. 21 at Peck Hall. (Photo courtesy of Cory Willmott)
Amy Clark, curator at the St. Louis Art Museum, gave a presentation  Jan. […]

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