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Our chair, Professor Andrew Shryock, asks our community to push each other toward more challenging, transformative work....
06/02/2020

Our chair, Professor Andrew Shryock, asks our community to push each other toward more challenging, transformative work.

Hello, All.

The last three months have revealed massive dysfunction in our society, in its institutions, in our values, in our willingness and ability to change. We have been pushed off campus by a virus, and we went obligingly, being inclined to follow rules and make them. We are a privileged part of this big, shambling system, much of which is rotting or rotten. The killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis was horrific to behold. The workmanlike routine with which he was murdered, the total lack of care for him, showed how ordinary this lethal ritual actually was. No amount of pleading from Floyd or concerned bystanders could get the police officer's knee off Floyd's neck. It was a devastating reduction of a person to the status of an animal. Something essential about American racism, as practice and history and current reality, was encapsulated in that brutal encounter. The massive popular uprisings now unfolding are not only "predictable," not only "justified," they are visceral, street-level evidence that people know how horrible Floyd's murder was, and they do not think that the injustice inflicted on black and brown people in the US, on poor people, on refugees and immigrants, can be overcome with normal responses that proceed through normal channels.

I am fully aware that my writing this letter to you is a normal response that flows to you through a normal channel. The full rhetorical weight of the university will come out in opposition to racism, police violence, and white supremacy. This is a good thing. It is necessary. We need to remain vigilant in this messaging and the institutional responses consistent with it. But there is more to this; there should be more to this; and it should manifest, like a popular uprising, in our research, what we teach, and the kind of service we do, on campus and off. Several of you have suggested to me, and to each other, that we need to orient our teaching more directly to the existential crises we are living through now. How can we not? The very conditions in which we teach are being transformed by these crises. Our research is already engaged head on with environmental destruction, the harm done by our prison system, state violence against Indigenous and marginalized people, the moral challenges of blackness and anti-blackness, the securitization of social life, the ability of dominant languages to silence and extinguish others, the origins of inequality among humans and the dirty deals we've made with hierarchy and oppression across millennia. These are things we normally address in our work. But the normal way of doing it can seem woefully inadequate in moments like these. It should. Understanding things is not the same as transforming things. Seeing the knee press down on the neck, even knowing why and when it happens, is not the same as removing the knee and helping people breathe.

You are all adept at what you do. Your work can be transformative. It explores alternatives to what is, or might be, and its transgressive potential is desperately needed now. Much of our society is gruesome; it needs to change. We should incite and foster that change, using tools we are trained to use. There are allies everywhere, and we need them. We are exempt from nothing. Racism has shaped our discipline from the beginning; it shapes our relations with each other in the department. Even when we use our tools with skill, we can find ourselves back in normal channels, doing normal (even harmful) things. We need to be alert to this tendency now. Our DEI Committee is preparing a statement and set of resources that can focus our attention.

Please push each other toward more challenging work. Please feed your desire to develop a more engaged, questioning, critical, transformative anthropology. Use it to strengthen what you do in the classroom, in research, and in your interactions with each other. Give real effort and imagination to work that is not normal, or normalizing. The world around us is changing quickly, and it is possible now to get things horribly wrong; masterful accounts of how things are wrong, and why, with little else from us, would be an intellectual disaster. Let's help people breathe instead.

Filming the Future of Detroit: Museums and Publics2020 Premiere Screening Live!Who decides the Future of the City? What ...
05/27/2020

Filming the Future of Detroit: Museums and Publics
2020 Premiere Screening Live!

Who decides the Future of the City? What does it mean to “engage” the public? What would it mean to collaborate? Are these “White” spaces in a “Black” city?

Thursday

May 28

8 PM

vimeo.com/showcase/7066290

"What's it like being Chair right now? I'm not sure. Things shift every day.I've gone from my preferred stance, "relucta...
05/26/2020
Disaster Chair | U-M LSA Anthropology

"What's it like being Chair right now? I'm not sure. Things shift every day.

I've gone from my preferred stance, "reluctant administrator," to one that resembles a disaster relief manager who expected floods and tornadoes but got a global pandemic instead. There's a lot I don't know how to do, and much of what I used to do seems misfit or pointless now. I didn't realize how important just being around the office, physically and emotionally present, was to my job. A lot of our business is done in doorways. Serious matters involve crossing a threshold and taking a seat. Chance encounters in the hallways tell me essential things about the department’s mood and needs."

Andrew Shryock, Anthropology Chair, reflects on COVID19. Anthropology will be posting a few personal pieces from our Faculty, Students, and Staff dealing with the effects of COVID19. Stay tuned for more from our community.

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/faculty/disaster-chair.html

What's it like being Chair right now? I'm not sure. Things shift every day.

Congratulations to graduating senior, Zoe Boudart!Hometown: Cary, IllinoisFuture Plans: I am carrying out a few exciting...
05/04/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Zoe Boudart!

Hometown: Cary, Illinois
Future Plans: I am carrying out a few exciting projects at the University until the end of the year, including a COVID-19 research effort with Anthropology and Sociology faculty, and then I'll be headed to Washington D.C. in January to work with social service organizations with the hopes of applying to joint Ph.D. programs in Anthropology and Social Work in the near future.

“Thank you to my parents, Jennifer and Michael, as none of my accomplishments would have been possible without your unending support and encouragement. Thank you to my sister, Piper, for being the best sidekick. Thank you to my partner, Eric, for being a constant source of strength and happiness. And thank you to every professor who has shaped my academic career here at Michigan. There are countless, but a few who have had the most profound and lasting effect in the Anthropology Department are Dr. Scott Stonington, Dr. Matthew Hull, Dr. Liz Roberts, Dr. Mary Leighton, Dr. Abby Dumes, and Dr. Holly Peters-Golden. They have defined much of my time as an undergraduate, and I am forever grateful to them.”

Today, we celebrate the class of 2020!The Department of Anthropology is honored to present this year's 2020 graduates. T...
05/01/2020
2020 Graduation | U-M LSA Anthropology

Today, we celebrate the class of 2020!

The Department of Anthropology is honored to present this year's 2020 graduates. Today, we celebrate all of their achievements and successes. Thank you all for supporting the class of 2020 and helping shape our community.

We have put together a virtual graduation celebration! While it won't take the place of a traditional celebration, we hope you will take the time to celebrate our graduates today.
GO BLUE!
https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/2020-graduation.html

The Department of Anthropology is honored to present this year's 2020 graduates. Today, we celebrate all of your achievements and successes. Your contributions have shaped us all in small and large ways. Thank you for joining and helping to shape our community throughout your time at Michigan.

05/01/2020
Congrats to our 2020 Graduates!

A message from Andrew Shryock, Department Chair and Anthropology, Micahel McGovern, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and more from the Anthropology department!

Congratulations to graduating senior, Monna Meng!Hometown: Ann Arbor, MichiganFuture Plans: After graduation, I plan on ...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Monna Meng!

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Future Plans: After graduation, I plan on continuing graduate studies in the health sciences, and ultimately pursue a career in healthcare.

“I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to my parents for your unwavering support and love. I would also like to thank my anthropology professors. Thank you for not only supporting my learning but also for expanding my mind and changing my way of thinking. I would not be the person I am today without my friends and peers, so a huge thank you to you all for supporting me through this experience. Brighter days are up ahead! Go blue!”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Molly Huisingh!Hometown: North Muskegon, MI“I just want to say thank you to my par...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Molly Huisingh!
Hometown: North Muskegon, MI

“I just want to say thank you to my parents and to Chelsey, Adam, Nick, and Madeline for supporting me. I couldn't have done it without your help. ”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Daniel Wong!Hometown: San Francisco, CAFuture Plans:  I'll be working in San Franc...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Daniel Wong!

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Future Plans: I'll be working in San Francisco as an EMT-B while I apply for medical school!

“Thank-you: To Dr. Mitani, Dr. Devlin, and my friends: Thank you. To Mom: I love you; you're my hero.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Savannah Struble!Hometown: Charlotte, MIFuture Plans: I plan on continuing researc...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Savannah Struble!

Hometown: Charlotte, MI
Future Plans: I plan on continuing research with the Allen lab and applying for graduate programs in Egyptian archaeology.

“I want to say thank you to my parents for always supporting me in all my endeavors and to my team for making college survivable.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Anastasia Grace Woody!Hometown: Michigan Center, MIFuture Plans: I plan on taking ...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Anastasia Grace Woody!

Hometown: Michigan Center, MI
Future Plans: I plan on taking a gap year before grad school to participate in archeological fieldwork to earn experience and discover where my interests lie.

“I would like to thank my parents first for supporting and loving me these last four years. I would like to thank my anthro 101 professor, Tom Fricke, for showing me how much I enjoy anthropology. I would also like to thank Mike Galaty and Lisa Young for showing me the world of archeology. Lastly, I would like to thank Thom Chivens for being a great advisor, especially this year as I worried about grad school, the GRE, and fieldwork.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Divya Vemulapalli!Hometown: Whippany, NJFuture Plans: I will be doing an MS (Healt...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Divya Vemulapalli!
Hometown: Whippany, NJ
Future Plans: I will be doing an MS (Health and Public Interest) at Georgetown University

“I would like to thank my parents, grandparents, and aunt for all their support during my four years at the University of Michigan. I am also so grateful for my Anthropology professors, especially Dr. MacLatchy and Dr. Devlin, whose classes inspired me to major in Evolutionary Anthropology.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Rachele Willard!“I'm a graduating senior originally from Rochester, Michigan. Post...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Rachele Willard!

“I'm a graduating senior originally from Rochester, Michigan. Post-graduation, I will be heading to Palermo, Italy on a Fulbright award to complete a self-designed research project in migrant welcome centers.
Choosing to major in anthropology has transformed both my life and my view of the world--it was one of the best decisions I made during my time here! I especially enjoyed this last year, where I was deeply immersed in real-time ethnography and research, both among my fellow students in my thesis seminar cohort and in Liz Robert's NESTSMX coding lab. I'd like to thank all of the professors, friends, and mentors who encouraged/supported/challenged me during my time at UofM. I am forever grateful!”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Renee Salem!Future plans: University of Southern California School of Dentistry“Th...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Renee Salem!

Future plans: University of Southern California School of Dentistry

“Thank you to my mom, dad, brother, and friends. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Arabella Delgado!Hometown:  El Paso, TXFuture plans: I will be attending the Unive...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Arabella Delgado!

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Future plans: I will be attending the University of Southern California to start my Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity.

“I also want to say thank you to Professor Behar. Not only were her classes incredibly fascinating, but she took so much time to learn more about my research interests and suggest ways to further develop my ideas. Her encouragement solidified my choice to pursue a graduate degree and focus on topics that I have a deeply personal attachment to. ”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Sally Huang!Hometown: Chicago, IL“I'm extremely grateful for the support system I'...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Sally Huang!

Hometown: Chicago, IL

“I'm extremely grateful for the support system I've built here; thank you for your patience and unconditional support all through these four long years.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Soverno Chen!Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJFuture Plans:  MPH in global health epidemio...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Soverno Chen!

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Future Plans: MPH in global health epidemiology at U-M

“I truly want to thank all the professors and academic advisors I have had throughout my journey here. I could not have done it without them! I remember coming to school here 4 years ago and not having a clue about what to do. But they have all made the overwhelming large university seem like a smaller place by helping me navigate all the resources and opportunities here. ”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Sebastian Lyos!Hometown: Houston, TexasFuture Plans:  I'll be starting my masters ...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Sebastian Lyos!

Hometown: Houston, Texas
Future Plans: I'll be starting my masters in infectious disease epidemiology next semester at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before applying to medical school.

“I would like to thank my parents for their support, as well as the incredible professors I've had during my time at Michigan, namely Prof. Scott Stonington, Prof. Abigail Bigham, and Prof. Abigail Dumes. These professors have been exemplary scholars with profound understandings of the complexities human beings face and continue to serve as role models for me and my classmates.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Chuxuan Wang!“I am from Taiyuan, China, majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology as ...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Chuxuan Wang!

“I am from Taiyuan, China, majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology as well as minoring in Women's Studies. After graduation, I will continue studying at the University of Michigan in the MIRS (Masters in International and Regional Studies) program 2020. I want to thank my parents for supporting my interests and decisions. I also appreciated that the Anthropology department gave me chances to engage with professors and students who were truly passionate about the subject.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Trevor McKinney!Hometown: Canton, MIFuture Plans: After graduation, I’m going to w...
04/30/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Trevor McKinney!

Hometown: Canton, MI
Future Plans: After graduation, I’m going to work for Cisco as a software engineer.

“I’d like to thank my mom and dad and brother, who are always there for me. My experience learning in the anthropology department at U of M has been fulfilling, exciting, and most importantly, fun. Although I’m not pursuing anthropological work after graduation, I certainly plan to make a return to such work at some point in my life. Additionally, the value of what I’ve learned from this department reaches beyond a job and has molded my beliefs and view of the world for the better. Thank you, to all of my professors and classmates, who made the anthropology classes I’ve had so enjoyable during my four years here.”

Congratulations to graduating senior, Maisey Schuler!“I'm a first-generation college graduate originally from Jackson, M...
04/29/2020

Congratulations to graduating senior, Maisey Schuler!

“I'm a first-generation college graduate originally from Jackson, Michigan. In addition to majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology, I minored in music and was a part of the Michigan Marching Band, Michigan Basketball Band, and University Band. For the past 2 years, I've worked in Dr. Devlin's skeletal biology lab and had the opportunity to write an honors thesis this year. I also worked several jobs a semester to support myself. These positions included the program coordinator for the Medical Arts Program at Michigan Medicine and an assistant anatomy and osteology instructor for the Michigan Math and Science Scholars and the Women in Science and Engineering Programs. While it was difficult, I'd like to encourage anyone who is in a similar situation. I wouldn't be where I am today without the immense support of my family, friends, generous scholarship donors, and anthropology professors, especially Maureen Devlin. In particular, I'd like to thank my mother for always believing in me and epitomizing what it means to work hard. Following undergrad, I plan on working in biological research for a few years and then applying to medical school.”

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Anthropology focuses on human biological and cultural variation in time and space, with four traditionally recognized sub-fields: - Anthropological archaeology - Biological anthropology - Sociocultural anthropology - Linguistic anthropology The Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan has been and remains a four-field department. We teach, train students, and do research across the four sub-fields and have faculty in each. Our undergraduates and graduate students learn, at the appropriate level, the fundamentals of the four sub-fields, their interactions and links with one another, and their relation to other academic fields.

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