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Friday Scrapbook January 24, 2020

Upcoming Lectures and Talks

We have two upcoming FASA lectures:

Today, we have a lecture from Douglas Trent, titled ““Jaguars and Professional Opportunities.”  Trent is an ecologist by training and the executive director of the Instituto Sustentar ( and the Research Director of the Pantanal Wildlife Program (  He will be speaking about his jaguar population research and career opportunities in wildlife and sustainability.

The talk will be in 1208a Turlington at 2 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

Next Week, January 31, we have two talks.  Dr. Kelly Sams will present her talk “Disease X: An Anthropological History,”

which will be followed by Alex Lowie, who will present his paper “Narratives of the Trayvon Martin Shooting.”  The session will begin at 4 pm, in 1208a Turlington.

Florida Museum seminar

Following today’s FASA talk, head down to the The FMNH seminar this afternoon at 3 pm, in Dickinson Hall. Dr. Gabriel Prieto will present a talk, “Massive Child and Camelid Sacrificial Practices in the North Coast of Peru: Understanding the Role of Ritual Violence in Ancient Societies.

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.


Awards and Recognitions

Congratulations to Dr. Myrian Barboza, who has been named the 2019 recipient of the Marianne Schmink Dissertation Award.  Dr. Barboza’s dissertation is titled Tiikuna cosmopolitical cartography: the gendered meaning and use of territories by Katukina indigenous people (Bia River, Brazilian Amazonia).”  The Marianne Schmink Outstanding Dissertation Award was established in 2010 in recognition of Dr. Marianne Schmink for her significant and transformative contributions to graduate education, the Center for Latin American Studies and the TCD Program.

UF Alum Dr. Amy Cox-Hall (Ph.D. Anthropology 2010) was recently featured in the Amherst College Alumni Magazine for her work on her teaching, which culminated in the art exhibition“Eat! An Exhibition Seminar at the Mead,.”  Find the full article here.


 International La Salle Summer Academy

The International La Salle Summer Academy is an initiative where visiting lecturers from accredited institutions around the world come to Bogota-Colombia to give interdisciplinary short term courses addressed to international and national students in the months of June, the theme for 2020 is “Rethinking the Future”

Rethinking the future is the theme of an academic initiative that aims to invite faculty and doctoral candidates worldwide to the La Salle International Summer Academy 2020, to reflect and teach about the meaning of the idea of the future in times when utopias and dystopias are being questioned in the midst of conflicted perspectives about the present. This program invites to look to the past to take into account the progress and changes that have taken place and then think on what may occur in the future. The Summer Academy looks for reflection on our society and its possible improvements and tries to establish interdisciplinary relationships between students from different backgrounds.  Find more information here.



Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida