Category: Anthropology

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. […]

Presentation on human races to highlight Darwin Day

Presentation on human races to highlight Darwin Day

The subject of race has long been at the center of political conflict and war dating back centuries. What if our concept of human race as widely understood, were only partially true?
Dr. Alan Templeton, a known geneticist and speaker on evolution, will host a presentation showing the lack of genetic divergence among different race groups […]

SIUE and SLU professors to research ways of addressing Ferguson within university setting

SIUE and SLU professors to research ways of addressing Ferguson within university setting

To continue discussing the university’s role within the community in relation to Ferguson, anthropology professor Aminata Cairo and St. Louis University School of Social Work professor Jami Curley will conduct research.
Anthropology professor Cairo and SLU social work professor Curley will conduct research about discussing Ferguson within the university setting
In August 2014, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American, […]

STELLAR Student profile: Alexandra Taitt

STELLAR Student profile: Alexandra Taitt

When Alexandra Taitt began her college career at SIUE, she knew she wanted to major in anthropology.
Alexandra Taitt was named to the STELLAR Student award list for 2014. Photo courtesy of Taitt
She was named to the 2014 STELLAR Student award list, and said she felt honored.
Taitt said she would not be where she is today […]

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