Anthropology Department News 2009

Anthropology Department News 2009

The Outstanding Senior in Anthropology 2009 Award was presented to Daniel C. Brown at the Liberal Arts awards ceremony in April. The corresponding Outstanding Junior award was given to Angela M. Sterling.

Dr. Wymer has emailed from Egypt:

"Hey Janet - you asked for some photos of me in Egypt - so here are some shots of me at the famous site of Tanis - ancient capital of Egypt in the Delta during the late Dynastic period - made famous by the first Indiana Jones movie! We visited there last Friday - it is great! More to come."

Anthropology Students Inducted into Honors Society

On April 22, 2009 in the Schweiker Room of Andruss Library, 17 students were inducted into the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society in Anthropology. Guest speakers were new inductees Sean Martorelli and Katrina Arduino who presented their archaeological field and laboratory research on the Ohio Hopewell under the direction of Dr. DeeAnne Wymer in the summers of 2007 and 2008. Dr. Faith R. Warner is Advisor for the Zeta Chapter of Pennsylvania and Representative of the East on the Lambda Alpha National Executive Board.
Inductees include the following students.

  • Ren Frattone
  • Angela Sterling
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Matthew Nickels
  • Aileen Elliott
  • Gregory Harrison
  • Christopher Guise
  • Mary Mensch
  • Lauren Demberg
  • Katrina Arduino
  • Jennifer Baney
  • Shaina Rae
  • Nicole Lemieux
  • Sean Martorelli
  • Jessica Force
  • Elizabeth Graboski
  • Gregory Bradley

Anthropology students present research

Anthropology students and faculty attended the 22nd Annual 2009 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, held April 18 and 19 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shown from left Photo (below) from left are, back row: Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, Dr. Faith Warner, Dan Brown, Matthew Roth and Donna Rosh. Front row: Katrina Arduino, Dr. DeeAnne Wymer, Shaina Rae and Sean Martorelli. Not pictured are Jessica Dowsett and Dr. David Minderhout.

Student presentations included:

  • Sean Martorelli — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hearth and Home in the Hopewell Heartland
    Katrina Arduino and Rebecca Brisson — The Lady's Run Site, Chillicothe, Ohio: Hopewell Moundbuilder Disposal Practices on the Edge of the Sacred
  • Dan Brown, Shaina Rae, and Matt Roth — Anthropology of the New Millennium: An Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000
  • Nicole Matthews, Tyler Powell, and Greg Bradley — Who's Who in Anthropology: A Decade by Decade Look at the Major Influences in Anthropology
  • Jessica Dowsett — State Lines and Tribal Ties: A Comparative Look at Four Native American Tribes and Their Current Socio-Economic Positions
  • Dr. Susan R. Dauria presented at the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Providence Rhode Island on March 14, 2009. Her presentation, entitled “A Museum Exhibit Honoring Factory Workers,” explored the representation of industrial history in a museum exhibit that memorialized the loss of a community’s industrial identity.


    Dr. David Minderhout and alumna Andrea Frantz have had two articles accepted for publication. The first is “Native American Horticulture in the Northeast,” which will be published in General Anthropology in the spring 2009 issue (Vol. 16, No. 1). The second article, “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Pennsylvania’s Native Americans,” will be published in the April issue of the regional magazine, State College.

    Their book, Invisible Indians: Native Americans in Pennsylvania, was reviewed in the spring issue of Pennsylvania Magazine.

    They also presented a paper at the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 21, 2009. The paper was entitled “Our Future, Our Selves: The Eastern Delaware Nations’ Oral History Project,” a project currently on-going. Dr. Minderhout also chaired a session at the meetings, “Native American Identity in Projects and Initiatives.”

    Dr. Minderhout is a partner on a research project with four Bucknell faculty members for the summer of 2009. The project, called the John Smith Trail Initiative, has recently received major funding from the Conservation Fund and the Mellon Foundation. The project is designed to, among other things, document the Native American presence in the Susquehanna River Valley both today and in the past. BU anthropology major Jessica Dowsett will be a student intern on the project; she is also a field worker on the EDN Oral History Project.


    Dr. David Minderhout and former student Andrea Frantz have had two articles published in scholarly journals in the last month. “Stepping Out of the Shadows” appeared in Cultural Survival Quarterly in the Fall 2008 issue of the journal (Volume 32, No. 3: 28-31). The article is paired with another about the new Lenape exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia; Minderhout and Frantz’s book and articles were used in preparing the exhibit.

    The second article is “Native Americans in the Pennsylvania School Curriculum,” which appears in the Winter 2009 (Vol. 31, No. 1: 16-20) issue of Practicing Anthropology, a journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology. A draft version of this paper was read at the annual convention of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Memphis in March 2008.

    In addition, Minderhout and Frantz have been awarded the Best Essay of 2008 prize for their article in Museum Management & Curatorship, which appeared in June 2008. The article was titled “The Museum of Indian Culture and Lenape Identity.” The prize includes an award of $500.

    Dr. Minderhout was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement award by the Institute for Culture & Society at BU at its reception held at the Alumni House on January 27, 2009. (See photo, below)

    Dr. Minderhout’s interview on the PCN program, PA Books, airs February 1, 2009 at 9 PM and again on February 2 at 8 AM.


    Four Anthropology Department Faculty presented research at the 108th Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association, December 2 – 6.

    Dr. Susan R. Dauria, “Liminal Space and Rural Rituals: A Celebration of Agriculture in Pennsylvania,” in an invited session sponsored by NASA.

    Dr. Hager El Hadidi, “Urban Renewal as Islamic Fundamentalism and Police Surveillance: the Transformation of Sacred Space Experience in Cairo,” in session sponsored by Society for Urban National and transnational/Global Anthropology.

    Dr. Faith Warner, “Extending Empathy as Disciplinary Taboo?” in an invited session sponsored by the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.

    Dr. Dee Anne Wymer, (with students Katrina Arduino and Becky Brisson) presented “Ohio Hopewell Hamlets: Refuse Disposal Practices at the Edge of the Sacred,” in a session reviewed by the Archaeology Division.


    Anthropology students Matthew Roth and Shaina Rae recently presented their research at the 108th American Anthropological Association annual meetings in Philadelphia during the Presidential Session, "First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology."
    Roth presented, "Anthropology of the New Millenium: An ...Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000." Rae presented "Dungeons and Dragons and the People within the Subculture."

    Matthew Roth presented, "Anthropology of the New Millenium: An Assessment of Ends, Trends, and Beginnings Since 2000."

    Shaina Rae presented "Dungeons and Dragons and the People within the Subculture."

    Shaina Rae, a BU senior, spent a month over the summer exploring the Scottish Isles, including two weeks on the island Rousay, one of the many Orkney Islands - a small island with a population of less than 100 people.
    On the island, Rae explored many archaeological sites, such as neolithic burial mounds, medieval churc...hes and cemeteries, Viking long house remnants, Bronze Age brochs, or Iron Age Pict settlements.

    Ren Frattone, a BU student majoring in anthropology, recently conducted research in visual anthropology in Guatemala through the help of a BU College of Liberal Arts Student Professional Development Travel Award.
    Frattone researched traditional dress or traje in and around the Lake Atitlan area in the department of Chim...altenango.
    Frattone focused on the use of textiles within Guatemala, especially by the indigenous people of the Atitlan area. His ethnographic research included ethnophotographyand interviewing in order to document and develop an understanding of the gender differences in the use of traditional dress, and in particular, why men use traditional dress much less than do women.

    Maryam Cristillo, an anthropology major and recipient of BU’s 2009 Wymer and Warner Anthropology Scholarship, spent July in northern Egypt working an expedition at the ancient Mendes site in Tell er’ Ruba as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Akhenaten Temple Project.
    Cristillo joined DeeAnne Wymer, a BU ant...hropology professor, who has been a project member since 2004.


    Susan R. Dauria, professor of Anthropology, has published two articles

    "A Museum Exhibit Honoring Factory Workers," appearing in the Anthropology of Work Review (an affiliate of the American Anthropological Association published by Blackwell) investigates the way in which a post-industrial community memorialized its manufacturing identity in a museum setting. A second article, "Understandings of Diversity in Teaching Post-Secondary Education" with Caryn Terwilliger, assistant professor of Elementary Education, appeared in the Journal of Global Awareness. The article deals with innovative ways to incorporate anthropological techniques into diversity experiences for future teachers. This work is part of a continuing project that Dauria and Tewilliger presented for the National Migrant Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas this past May, 2009. Dauria and Terwilliger, along with Jean Downing (SOLVE office), were invited to present at the conference to discuss the long-term collaboration between BU and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit that created the Migrant Community Project and Bloomsburg University Migrant Summer Schools. For more information about the migrant community project and summer schools visit the anthropology department webpage/programs .

    Dr. Dauria has also published a book titled, "Voices from the Fair: Oral Histories of the Bloomsburg Fair." The book was published through the Bloomsburg Fair Association and highlights the life histories of Fair vendors, volunteers and administrators.
    See photo below.