Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Events

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 114

    Mississippi Maya Week
    Mark Wolf
    Indiana University East & Queens College New York

    Marc Wolf is an archaeologist with more than two decades of exploring, mapping, and excavating Maya cities in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. His talk “Mapping Hidden Maya Cities in the Jungles of Guatemala” will feature new information about Maya archaeology in Guatemala. Wolf is an expert topographer and GIS specialist who has worked in Europe and across Central America. He teaches at Indiana University East and is currently pursuing his doctorate at CUNY Queens College New York. 

    Pizza lunch is provided. Contact Carolyn Freiwald for more information at 662-915-6544 or crfreiwa@olemiss.edu.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    1:00 pmLamar 114

    Mississippi Maya Week
    Katherine Miller Wolf
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University East

    An individual’s life history is recorded in his or her bones. This talk presents the latest discoveries in Maya archaeology from the perspective of a bioarchaeologist who ‘reads’ ancient bones. Dr. Katherine Miller Wolf’s talk “Life and Death in Mesoamerica: What do the Skeletons Tell Us?” describes the work of a bioarchaeologist in the Maya world. Dr. Miller Wolf’s recent research includes the Classic Maya cities of Copan and Ucanal and the early Colonial Mission San Bernabé. She currently teaches at Indiana University East  
     
    Pizza lunch is provided prior to the talk. Contact Carolyn Freiwald for more information at 662-915-6544 or crfreiwa@olemiss.edu.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 555

    Spring Lecture Series
    Alexandre Tokovinine
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Alabama

    Alexandre Tokovinine (University of Alabama) will present new epigraphic discoveries about Classic Maya cities in his talk “Empires: Naranjo and Holmul in the shadow of greater powers, 378-744 C.E.” The fates of ancient these Maya cities were not in the hands of their ruling families. Instead external political forces linked to Central Mexico in the 4th century and to dynastic wars in the 7th century transformed the Maya world.

    Contact Carolyn Freiwald for more information at 662-915-6544 or crfreiwa@olemiss.edu.

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    2:00 pmBarnard Observatory

    Regina N. Bradley
    Assistant Professor of African American Literature, Armstrong State University

    The Center for the Study of Southern Culture will host "When the South STILL Got Something to Say: A Conversation about Hip Hop in the South" on Friday, February 10 at 2pm in Barnard Observatory. Brian Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Southern Studies will introduce the conversation, and then scholar Regina Bradley will talk with writer Kiese Laymon.

    Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer, scholar, and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.

    Her expertise and research interests include hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies.

    Dr. Bradley’s current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement.

    Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Oxford American, The Best American Series, Ebony and Guernica.

    Brian Foster, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies, holds a Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a PhD candidate in sociology, also at the University of North Carolina.

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017
    12:30 pmLamar 555

    CANCELLED

    Spring Lecture Series
    David Brunsma
    Professor of Sociology, Virginia Tech
    David Embrace
    Professor of Sociology, University of Connecticut

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 555

    Spring Lecture Series
    Marcos Mendoza
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi

    What are working conditions like in Patagonia, at the southernmost end of Latin America? This talk discusses Argentine politics and the plight of seasonal laborers in the Patagonian ecotourism industry, with an eye towards understanding broader transformations in Latin American development issues.

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    5:30 amBryant Hall 209

    Willa Johnson
    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Through careful analysis of the life and art of Karl Schwesig, a German Jewish concentration camp survivor, this lecture explores art's unique and powerful lens through which to view the human experiences of trauma and suffering.

    Willa Johnson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. She has been a fellow at Yad Vashem's Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority's International Institute for Holocaust Studies and the Cummings Foundation Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel's Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Over the past eight years, she has conducted historical research at more than 15 repositories of art and archives throughout Israel, Germany, France, and the United States and has conducted interviews with Shoah survivors for her book project, Karl Schwesig's Holocaust Art.

    The lecture is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Oxford, Mississippi.

  • Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 555

    Dr. John Eason
    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Texas A & M University

    Dr. Eason will be visiting on an SEC travel grant. His presentation will be based on his new book, Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation (University of Chicago Press).

    Big House on the Prairie

    Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation

    John Eason
    University of Chicago Press, 2017

    For the past fifty years, America has been extraordinarily busy building prisons. Since 1970 we have tripled the total number of facilities, adding more than 1,200 new prisons to the landscape. This building boom has taken place across the country but is largely concentrated in rural southern towns.

    In 2007, John M. Eason moved his family to Forrest City, Arkansas, in search of answers to key questions about this trend: Why is America building so many prisons? Why now? And why in rural areas? Eason quickly learned that rural demand for prisons is complicated. Towns like Forrest City choose to build prisons not simply in hopes of landing jobs or economic wellbeing, but also to protect and improve their reputations. For some rural leaders, fostering a prison in their town is a means of achieving order in a rapidly changing world. Taking us into the decision-making meetings and tracking the impact of prisons on economic development, poverty, and race, Eason demonstrates how groups of elite whites and black leaders share power. Situating prisons within dynamic shifts that rural economies are undergoing and showing how racially diverse communities lobby for prison construction, Big House on the Prairie is a remarkable glimpse into the ways a prison economy takes shape and operates.

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    2:00 pmLyceum 200

    Maureen Meyers received a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and a WOW grant from the Office for Online Learning to replace the standard textbook in Introduction to Anthropology courses, both face-to-face and online. Unlike other disciplines, anthropology has no online textbook available. Meyers will discuss her experiences looking for and using web-based resources to teach the range of topics covered in this course, including natural selection, human evolution, language, archaeology, and globalization. We hope you can join and share ideas over a cup of coffee/tea!
     
    RSVP is not required, however, to help us know how much refreshment to order we kindly ask that you RSVP if possible.

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  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 555

    Spring Lecture Series
    Kate McClellan
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Mississippi State University

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    12:00 pmLamar 555

    Spring Lecture Series
    Maureen Meyers
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi

    This talk presents the results of an analysis of shell bead production from a 14th century Native American mound site. It examines the beads, shell debris, and lithic tools found to identify how the beads were made and who made them. to better understand the role of craft production at frontier sites.