Latest Anthropology Department News

Latest Anthropology Department News


Call for Papers and Posters

2015 PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference on April 25 to 25 at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. We enthusiastically invite PASSHE Anthropology students to present papers and posters on research projects and scholarly activities at the PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Research Conference hosted by the Bloomsburg University Department of Anthropology, Anthropology Club, the College of Liberal Arts, and Lambda Alpha Zeta of Pennsylvania.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 10. Please submit abstracts electronically to fwarner@bloomu.edu.

Pura Vida, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Study Abroad

I recently returned home from a two week stay in Costa Rica studying primate behavior and conservation methods. For the majority of my time we stayed at the Piro Research Station located just a half mile from the Pacific Ocean in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

The Piro Research Station is located in “the most biologically intense place on earth” claimed by National Geographic. Osa Conservation is an organization based at the Piro Research Station ( and many other research stations) with a mission to conserve the globally terrestrial and marine biology of the Osa Peninsula. This experience was one of the biggest blessings and to say the least… I discovered myself in that rainforest.

Anthropology research showcased on national stage

Anthropology Conference

To cap the fall semester, a group of anthropology majors presented original research at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. in the invited poster session “First Rites: Innovative Undergraduate Research in Anthropology” peer-reviewed by the Society for Visual Anthropology. Students were mentored by Faith Warner, professor of anthropology, in Methods in Cultural Anthropology and Applied Anthropology, and through an URSCA award in summer 2014. Their travel was supported by the College of Liberal Arts.

  • Back to the Stacks: New Methods and Questions in the Longitudinal Andruss Library Ethnography Project by Cassandra McMillen and Ian Matthew Johnson
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights in Africa: African Perspectives at U.S. Universities by Bryan Andrew Molk
  • Total Freedom on the Dark Side of the Internet: A Cyberethnography of 4Chan by Benjamin Gilbert Tice (research conducted through an URSCA award, summer 2014)
  • Anthropologists and Missionaries: A Controversial Relationship by Meghan Elizabeth Boarts