UAB Alumna, Melissa King: Anthropology and Humanism

Melissa King is a Doctoral Candidate of Anthropology at University of California, Riverside, and serves as Adjunct Faculty of Anthropology at San Bernardino Valley College and Chaffey College. She is currently writing a dissertation that explores Armenian American politics of memory and survivorship through a focus on activism and expression, especially among youth.

Armenian American experiences and subjectivities have been underrepresented in the discipline of anthropology. Further, Armenian Americans have been called “demographic ghosts” whose distinctions are imperceptible in a variety of legal, political domains. Yet, the Armenian American community in the Los Angeles area has been called the fiercest, the most vocal perhaps of the diaspora, in the “struggle for justice” through which they demand recognition of genocide.


Jemison Visiting Professorship is just around the corner!

2012_Jemison_Flyer-de_Waal-1Get ready to see Professor Francis de Waal talk about empathy, fairness and prosocial primates.
The theme of this Jemison Visiting Professorship lecture is "Morality Before Religion" and it is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences the Department of History and Anthropology at UAB. Dr. de Waal teaches primate behavior at Emory University.

The speech will take place at the UAB Alumni House on April 11, 2012, at 4pm.

Scholarship awardees, celebrate!

The Anthropology Dept. is proud to announce the 2012 Scholarship awardees, congratulations to all!

Anthropology Scholarships
Brandon Grisaffi,
Alea Rouse,
Jade Delisle,
Christel Carlisle,
Sherrie Alexander

Most Outstanding Undergraduate
Brandon Grisaffi

Most Outstanding Graduate Student
Courtney Andrews

Dean's Award to an outstanding Graduate Student
Courtney Andrews

ANTHRO-TEACH scholarship recipients
Ashley Wilson,
Noora Siddiqui,
 Andrea Coleman

Boy Scouts learn about Native American culture

On Thursday January 19, 2012, Anthro-TEACH gave a presentation about Native American culture for Boy Scout Pack 397 of Homewood, AL at the Trinity United Methodist Church. The student presenters were Christel Carlisle, Jade Delisle, Alea Rouse. The overall presentation showed the children how Native Americans utilized their natural environment. They covered the topics of lithics (stone tools) and music and dance.


The explanations of stone tools included how they were constructed and used. There were plenty of examples presented for the troops to gain greater perspectives of how they were utilized by prehistoric Native Americans.