Anthropology & Sociology

West Chester University





News & Notes

Check out what faculty, students, and alumni have been up to recently:

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Dr. Rebecca Chancellor and Dr. Aaron Rundus (psychology) accompanied students – including anthropology major Melissa Waltimyer – to Rwanda last summer for field experience. The trip was even featured in a CNN piece on community tourism in Rwanda. Watch it here.

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Congratulations to Dr. Paul Stoller, who received two prominent awards recently:

  • The American Anthropological Association's 2015 Anthropology and Media Award, for which he will be honored at the upcoming AAA meetings in Denver.
  • A Holsworth Visiting Professorship at the University of Manchester (in the U.K.) for Spring 2016.

Dr. Stoller also has been busy giving invited talks at a variety of venues:

  • He gave the keynote address, "Storytelling, Religion, and the Contours of Well-Being," at the annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference, which was held April 25-26 at Bloomsburg University.
  • He was interviewed for a video that was produced in response to an invitation from the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography at York University in Toronto, Canada. Part of the center's Imaginings Project, his talk focuses on how anthropologists might respond anthropologically to current events. Watch it here.
  • He spoke in October as part of the 2014 Ideas Matter Lecture series, sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, in affiliation with the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University. Watch his talk, "Storytelling, Religion and the Contours of Well-Being," here.
  • He discussed writing, research, and the academy in a recent ENVISION interview. Read "Dialogue with Paul Stoller" here.

Be sure to check out reviews of Dr. Stoller's latest book, Yaya's Story! Click here to read a review in the London School of Economics and Political Science's Review of Books. Click here to read a review in the journal Cultural Anthropology.


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Congrtaulations to Sarah Sutton and Zack Kline, recipients of the department's Outstanding Graduating Anthropology and Sociology Student Awards! Both were honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Student Recognition Ceremony on April 27 and and in a department celebration on May 6.

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From left are: Dr. Paul Stoller, Outstanding Graduating      The department honored our two outstanding graduating
Anthropology Student Sarah Sutton, Department Chair       students at the College of Arts and Sciences Student
Dr. Susan Johnston, Outstanding Graduating Sociology     Recognition Ceremony on April 27.
Student Zack Kline, and Dr. Jackie Zalewski.

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Anthropology students and faculty participated in the annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference, which was held April 25-26 at Bloomsburg University. Dr. Paul Stoller gave the keynote address.

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Students in Dr. Jackie Zalewski's SOC 200 class in the spring wrote letters to the editor on topics related to social problems. Three of their letters were published in the Philadelphia Inquirer! Two were published on April 16: Read "Right-Sizing Ads," by Sarah Babb, and "Fit Minds and Bodies Not Mutually Exclusive," by Kayla Snyder and Ralph Salamone, here. Another was published on April 30: Read "Tougher sanctions for drivers who text," by Alyssa Fallon, here.

 

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Department faculty and students enjoyed an afternoon break March 24 at the "Meet the Faculty Pizza Party," sponsored by Anthropology Club and Sociology Club. The event helped students get to know department faculty and learn about department course offerings and faculty research projects.

Photo of students     Photo of studentsPhoto of students     Photo of students

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Anthropology student Sarah Alderman has been selected as the Mian A. Jan Fellow at the Chester County Historical Society. The internship involves collecting the stories, history, and artifacts of the south Asian experience (mainly Indian and Pakistani) in Chester County and will aid the historical society in including the history of the Indian and Pakistani communities in the county into the museum's permanent collections and exhibits. Congratulations, Sarah!

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Sociology students and faculty attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held Feb. 26-March 1 in New York City. Dr. Jackie Zalewski (left) and Dr. Julie Wiest (on left in bottom right photo) presented papers, and students Zena Eleazer (top right), Zack Kline, and Heather Welsh (on right in bottom right photo) presented posters.


Female speaker standing in front of podium     Female student in front of poster         Two female students next to poster

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Department alumnus Nick Arnhold (2010) completed his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Kansas and has been promoted to the role of archaeological field supervisor with the consulting firm URS in its Pittsburgh-area office. Congratulations, Nick!

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Dr. Susan Johnston's research project, "Changing Students' Misconception About Evolution Through An Innovative Laboratory Curriculum in Biology Anthropology," is featured in the inaugural WCU Research Report. Read it here.

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Be sure to check back for more announcements about department students and faculty. See you around Old Library this fall!

 

Anthropology Sociology Professor group

Drs. McConatha, Becker, Stoller, and DeSousa outside Old Library