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Friday Scrapbook January 17, 2020

Awards Section

Please join me in congratulating Brittany Mistretta, who has been awarded a UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) Lifelong Learner’s Grant for her proposal titled “Florida Archaeology and Arts in Medicine: Exploring the Art and Environment of Early Native Florida in Hospital Outreach”. Drawing on Florida archaeological collections curated at the Florida Museum and in collaboration with the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine Program, Brittany will design and implement workshops that incorporate Florida archaeology objects. These objects will serve as artistic inspiration and educational media to teach how Florida’s indigenous people were, and continue to be, tied to Florida’s ecosystems through cultural practices that relied on environmental resources. Workshops will increase accessibility to collections and science content, while improving patient well-being via science-inspired art and expression. Brittany’s project is a great example of bridging anthropology, biosphere science, and arts in an informal education setting.

Upcoming Talks

Digital Ethnography – Grounded Engagements with Online Worlds: The Anthropology Department and the Center for African Studies are sponsoring a workshop featuring Dr. Victoria Bernal, UC Irvine.  The workshop also includes presentations by UF faculty members and students, followed by an open dialogue with Dr. Victoria Bernal. The workshop features short presentations by UF faculty members and students and is open to anyone interested in exploring how we as anthropologists and social scientists engage with ethnography – both as a method and form of communication – to make sense of an increasingly digitalized world.  Time and date: Saturday, January 25, Marston Science Library L136.  A Light breakfast will be served 9:30-10:00, with the workshop running from 10:00-1:00.

Trade Wars, Trade Talks, and Trade Truths: What should we make of the return to protectionism?”  Dr. Dave Donaldson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver this public lecture in the Department of Economics.The lecture will be held 2:00-3:00pm on Friday, January 24th in Pugh Hall Atrium (Ocora). This public lecture is the endowed Bradbury Distinguished Lecture on International Economics.​

Decolonizing Knowledge: Indigenous Theories in Latin American and US Empire Studies. Thursday-Friday, 30-31 January 2020,  Dauer 215.  Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere,  the Department of English, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, the Department of History, Imagining Climate Change, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.  The symposium begins 10:00-11:30 omg Thursday with a Keynote Address byAbraham I. Acosta ttiled “The Coloniality of Power, Settler Colonialism, and the Critique of Imperialism in Contemporary Times.”  For more information, please contact Leah Rosenberg at

Job Board

The Department of Anthropology, at York University in Canada invites applications for a teaching stream tenure-track appointment in Social-Cultural Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2020. The position is for an expert in first year experience and teaching within the undergraduate program in the Department.  Full details here.


Enjoy your long weekend.

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida