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This is the final week of our food drive!Thank you for your contributions last week!  During our seventh week, we collec...
12/11/2019
Michigan Anthropology Food Drive Fundraising Campaign for Food Gatherers

This is the final week of our food drive!
Thank you for your contributions last week! During our seventh week, we collected an AMAZING 78 pounds of food and personal care items! Your generosity will help many people in the community.

Right now we are at 223.5 pounds of food, just 77 pounds short of our 300lb food goal, and still just over halfway at $419 to our $800 donation goal!

Our collection box is available just inside the main doors of 101 West Hall. We will accept all non-perishable food and toiletries, but if you wish to help fulfill specific needs, Food Gatherers has a list of most needed items: https://www.foodgatherers.org/assets/files/list_of_most_needed_items.pdf

Remember that you can also make monetary donations as part of our food drive at https://give.foodgatherers.org/campaigns/12658-michigan-anthropology-food-drive – all monetary donations will go directly to Food Gatherers. For every $5 donated, Food Gatherers can provide 15 meals to our neighbors in need, and your tax-deductible donations help Food Gatherers keep their trucks and refrigerators running to get food to those who need it.

Mission: Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community.

A big thank you to all of our supporters! You showed up for Anthropology yesterday and helped us make it into the top 15...
12/04/2019

A big thank you to all of our supporters! You showed up for Anthropology yesterday and helped us make it into the top 15 earning an extra $1K. Faculty, staff, alumni, and students all came together to make this happen. Thank you for making #GivingBlueday so great!

Go Blue and Go Anthropology!

“People. Humans. Who we are, what we do, what makes us, well, us. What makes me an anthropologist, though, is our method...
12/04/2019

“People. Humans. Who we are, what we do, what makes us, well, us. What makes me an anthropologist, though, is our method - ethnography. We are unique among social scientists in that our discipline demands closeness, long-term engagement, and really digging into the worlds that we choose to study. For me, this makes us uniquely suited to help explain the world - because, if we’re doing it right, not only do we know another culture/community/society/place but we care about the people there.”
Amelia Frank-Vitale, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology
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University of Michigan Anthropology's cover photo
12/04/2019

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Giving Blueday ends in just one hour! Your donations provide opportunities for Anthropology students in and outside of t...
12/04/2019

Giving Blueday ends in just one hour! Your donations provide opportunities for Anthropology students in and outside of the classroom. Thank you to all our donors for your support today and every day! http://myumi.ch/WwNn9
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There are four hours left to give! Your gifts support student opportunities, research, department events, and so much mo...
12/04/2019

There are four hours left to give! Your gifts support student opportunities, research, department events, and so much more.

All donations, no matter the size, make an impact. Thank you to all our donors for your support today and every day!

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#Givingblueday

Help us win an extra $1,000 by donating from 4 - 5pm today! The amount does not matter. Thank you to all our donors who ...
12/03/2019

Help us win an extra $1,000 by donating from 4 - 5pm today! The amount does not matter.

Thank you to all our donors who have supported us today. We appreciate you!

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#Givingblueday

LSA Power Hour time! This time, the fund with the most gifts from 4:00–5:00 p.m. will receive an additional $1,000. http://myumi.ch/Jmwk3 #GivingBlueday

Shoutout to Professor John Mitani who just donated an additional $100 to Anthropology after giving $26k towards first-ge...
12/03/2019

Shoutout to Professor John Mitani who just donated an additional $100 to Anthropology after giving $26k towards first-gen scholarships!

Consider donating today: http://myumi.ch/WwNn9
#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

"To me, the discipline of anthropology demands an understanding of the complexity of human existence, especially through...
12/03/2019

"To me, the discipline of anthropology demands an understanding of the complexity of human existence, especially through connections across time and space. We live in a moment that is defined by complex problems --- racism, economic inequality, and environmental change, to name only a few. Anthropology offers me a means of analyzing these problems in their complexity so I can contribute to the development of more robust ways of addressing them.”

Nicholas Caverly, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology; Science, Technology, and Society

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology today on this annual day of giving!

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

Help Anthropology reach the top 10!We are currently number 14. Go Blue and Go Anthropology!http://myumi.ch/WwNn9#Givingb...
12/03/2019

Help Anthropology reach the top 10!
We are currently number 14.

Go Blue and Go Anthropology!

http://myumi.ch/WwNn9
#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

Did you know that the top ten funds with the most gifts will receive extra money today? On #GivingBlueday, your gifts to LSA can go even further. myumi.ch/Jmwk3

"I just gave $100 to Michigan Anthropology for Giving Blue Day.Do likewise! Meet or beat my gift. Give a smaller gift. G...
12/03/2019

"I just gave $100 to Michigan Anthropology for Giving Blue Day.
Do likewise! Meet or beat my gift. Give a smaller gift. Give any gift. We are a big community of faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Let's be generous and enjoy it. This is a chance to flex our giving muscles and celebrate the work we do.
Support Michigan Anthro every day, but especially on Giving Blue Day." - Andrew Shryock, Anthropology Chair and Professor
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Inspired by his parents and his own experience, Professor John Mitani, has contributed $26,000 towards the establishment...
12/03/2019

Inspired by his parents and his own experience, Professor John Mitani, has contributed $26,000 towards the establishment of the Don Kiyoshi & Sally Sadako Mitani Endowment fund aimed at supporting first-generation students in the Department of Anthropology. This fund will provide need-based scholarships for students pursuing an undergraduate degree.

In the spirit of giving, we hope that you will consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology today on our annual day of giving, Giving Blueday. Your gifts support student opportunities, research, department events, and so much more.

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

https://lsa.umich.edu/anthro/news-events/all-news/john-and-sally-mitani-gift--26k-towards-first-gen-scholarships.html

"My name is Franny MeLampy, I graduated with honors in Evolutionary Anthropology in 2018 and I also was the co-founder a...
12/02/2019

"My name is Franny MeLampy, I graduated with honors in Evolutionary Anthropology in 2018 and I also was the co-founder and co-president of the Anthropology Club! To me, anthropology means family. And not just family in the traditional sense, but the entire worldwide human and nonhuman family. The Department of Anthropology opened my eyes to the connectedness of the world, for both humans and all organisms we share the Earth with. Anthropology helped me understand the bonds between us all, culturally and biologically, and I use that knowledge every day as a teacher. With support from my past Anthropology professors, I am now pursuing my master's degree in education, and I will never forget my favorite phrase from the Anthropology Department - "What can you do with an Anthropology degree? Anything!'

Franny MeLampy, Alumna, 2018

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd!

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

"Anthropology allows you to ask these questions and in the process of answering them, you realize that mundane actions, ...
12/01/2019

"Anthropology allows you to ask these questions and in the process of answering them, you realize that mundane actions, like dancing, are connected to societies’ values, histories, economies, and socio-political systems. Anthropology deals with the messiness of everyday actions and makes sense of them through rigorous ethnographic research. Anthropological-generated understandings of human behavior have high stakes in informing how a new law or policy could affect a community, or developing a piece of software that is sensitive to a communities’ needs and lifestyle. Anthropology is the study of quotidian actions that become fundamental to the way we understand each other and the societies we live in.”

Jennifer Sierra, Doctoral Student in Anthropology

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd! Your donations provide opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom.

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

“At its best, anthropology affords social science the opportunity to conduct sociocultural knowledge production in the e...
11/30/2019

“At its best, anthropology affords social science the opportunity to conduct sociocultural knowledge production in the expressive register of the humanities. The narrative requisite of ethnography obligates a literary approach to questions and problems of the social sciences. Residing in the interstices between research and literature, the artistic quality of ethnographic inquiry is integral to its rigor. The primary instrument of data collection in anthropology is relationship. The discipline’s unique potential to interrogate subjectivity is both productive and nuanced; ethically charged and emotionally challenging. As a field that is preoccupied with the study of humankind, foregrounding relationship as both object of study and source of data is consistent with anthropology’s commitments to questions of humanity. Anthropology maintains that person-to-person bonds are generative instruments of knowledge production. My favorite part of being an anthropologist is reflecting critically upon interpersonal connections (or lack thereof) as both method and source of sociocultural research. To me, when anthropology is at its best, humanity is the heart of the endeavor not only in its object of study but also in its signature methodology.”

Nina Jackson Levin, Doctoral Student in Social Work and Anthropology

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd! Your donations provide opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom.

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

“I once Google-ed "is anthropology a social science or in the humanities?" and could not find a definitive answer, to my...
11/29/2019

“I once Google-ed "is anthropology a social science or in the humanities?" and could not find a definitive answer, to my initial dismay. But that lack of an answer has turned out to be one of my favorite things about anthropology. We can be both. After all, we have both the methodical data collection of the sciences and the imaginative spirit of the humanities. To me, anthropology means leaning into this ambiguity, and being both methodical and imaginative, as we seek to learn what makes us human and how to better appreciate one another.”

Benjamin Hollenbach, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd! Your donations provide opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom.

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

“Evolutionary Anthropology means studying the bones of our ancestors to learn more about ourselves, fighting current hea...
11/27/2019

“Evolutionary Anthropology means studying the bones of our ancestors to learn more about ourselves, fighting current health epidemics by understanding our dietary past, researching our closest living relatives can teach us about our background and our future, knowing that culture influences biology and biology influences culture, our fat, gut flora, and reproductive habits, are all part of the puzzle of Homo sapiens, diving deeper into what it is to be human.”
Rachel Hurwitz
Evolutionary Anthropology, Alumna, 2018

Your donations during this season of giving support student opportunities! Consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd!

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

“A well-worn cliché says that “anthropology is the study of what makes us human.” Little is said, however, about how stu...
11/26/2019

“A well-worn cliché says that “anthropology is the study of what makes us human.” Little is said, however, about how studying humans can make one a different, dare I say better, person. Ethnographic practice along the years has taught me a lesson of humility. Realizing that notwithstanding the fancy degrees you have you are still the cultural rookie when going to the field compels one to constantly reassess one’s values, ideas, and social position. Each time the Romanian railroaders whose labor I studied gave me funny nicknames, played gentle pranks on me, or friendly mocked my lack of technical mastery they taught me not only about the rituals of blue-collar masculine sociality, but also provided me with a blueprint of how to gain cultural competence. Being the village idiot - the workshop idiot in my case – has taught me how to pay attention to others’ needs and how to find ways to be better at helping out. Put differently, it has made me aware that building and maintaining social relations takes labor. Lots of it. And if that’s not what it means to be human, then I don’t know what does.”
- Adrian Deoanca, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd! Your donations provide opportunities for students in and outside of the classroom.

http://myumi.ch/WwNn9

#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

“My experiences in the Anthropology department at U of M sparked my interest in being a researcher and gave me the tools...
11/25/2019

“My experiences in the Anthropology department at U of M sparked my interest in being a researcher and gave me the tools and experiences to prepare to enter a Ph.D. program straight from undergrad. In particular, the honors thesis seminar that Will Thomson taught really helped me find a supportive and exciting community of emerging scholars to learn and share with. Dr. Judy Irvine was my thesis advisor and I am very grateful for her mentorship as well.

I graduated in 2018, and I'm now a second-year Ph.D. student at Michigan State in the Department of Media & Information. My work nowadays centers broadly on how social technologies like the Internet influences people's experience of the world and their place within it. I recently presented my paper on ideological discourses surrounding trust in Bitcoin at a conference. I'm also working on a project about LGBTQ+ experiences with social technologies like dating phone apps. My anthropology training from U of M, I feel, gave me deep critical thinking skills and a methodological toolkit to support my interdisciplinary work.”

Megan Knittel, Alumna, Anthropology, 2018

During this season of giving, we hope that you will support student opportunities and consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology on our annual Giving Blue Day on Dec. 3rd!

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#Givingblueday #Givingtuesday

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
11/21/2019

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Interested in the archaeology of Michigan? Join us tonight (11/21) for a talk sponsored by the Michigan Archaeological Society, where John M. O’Shea of the University of Michigan discusses the prehistoric archaeology of Lake Huron’s Alpena Amberley Ridge. myumi.ch/1pMVM

Mark your calendars! #Givingblueday is right around the corner (Dec. 3). For #Givingtuesday, we hope you'll consider mak...
11/19/2019

Mark your calendars! #Givingblueday is right around the corner (Dec. 3). For #Givingtuesday, we hope you'll consider making a donation to the Department of Anthropology! Your gift supports the department's strategic fund which helps us provide opportunities for students.

University of Michigan Anthropology's cover photo
11/19/2019

University of Michigan Anthropology's cover photo

11/18/2019

Thank you for your contributions last week! During our third week, we collected 26 pounds of food and personal care items and $40! Your generosity will help many people in the community.

Right now we are at 116.5 pounds of food and $219.16 towards our 300lbs and $800 goals!

Let's see if we can beat that in Week 5! You can check out the poster above the collection box in 101 to track our progress toward our goals.

Our collection box is available just inside the main doors of 101 West Hall. We will accept all non-perishable food and toiletries. You can also make monetary donations as part of our food drive at https://give.foodgatherers.org/campaigns/12658-michigan-anthropology-food-drive – all monetary donations will go directly to Food Gatherers. For every $5 donated, Food Gatherers can provide 15 meals to our neighbors in need, and your tax-deductible donations help Food Gatherers keep their trucks and refrigerators running to get food to those who need it.

Address

101 West Hall, 1085 S University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI
48109-1107

General information

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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Friday 08:00 - 05:00

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