The symposium engages four stakeholder groups — county residents, service providers, anthropologists, and the university—in a conversation about two major, interrelated social issues affecting the well-being of the County: migration and health. The symposium aims to promote understanding of how stakeholder groups might come together and what keeps them apart as they engage the issues of migration and health.
Dr. Janet Chernela received funding from UM's Office of International Affairs to develop a Global Classroom project with an overseas university. Between 2014 and 2016, she worked with the administration of the University of the State of Amazonas (UEA) to develop a joint course which would focus on the indigenous languages and cultures of the state. UEA is located in Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon basin, in the north central portion of Brazil.
Between January 4-21, 2017, University of Maryland Anthropology professor Dr. Sean Downey and UAS Test Site pilot and engineer Jacob Moschler mapped over 10,000 acres of agricultural forests and community lands in around the Q’eqchi’ Maya village of Crique Sarco in the Toledo District, Belize using a pair of FireFLY6 drones fitted with Micasense Red Edge multispectral cameras. The goal of the project is to understand how short-term subsistence decisions and ecological dynamics can interact community norms to increases long-term environmental sustainability.
Dr. Joseph Richardson, Jr. joins the Department of Anthropology as an Associate Professor in addition to continuing his current appointment in the African American Studies Department. He will participate in teaching, mentoring, and research in our department.
Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman was awarded the Society for Historical Archaeology's Gender and Minority Affairs Committee "Diversity Field School" award at the 2017 conference in Fort Worth, TX on behalf of the Guevavi Field School, taught from 2013-2015 at the University of Arizona, and co-directed with J. Homer Thiel (Desert Archaeology, Inc.), and Jeremy Moss (National Park Service).
More than seven decades ago during the Second World War, a military aircraft carrying United States service members crashed in the Eastern Alps near the city of Linz, Austria to the west of Vienna. Like so many of their fellow WWII fighters, the crew members were never identified and their families never knew for certain what happened to them. Now, thanks to an innovative new summer program being offered through the Department of Anthropology, a small group of University of Maryland students will play an important role in providing long-awaited answers to the descendants of these fallen service members.
This project examines the health and well-being of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients living in Maryland. In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced the DACA program, which provides undocumented young adults who came to the United States as children temporaryrelief from deportation and legal work authorization. Despite these gains, DACA recipients still face exclusion in the realm of health care, as they are barred from federally-funded public insurance and may not be offered employment-based insurance.
Frederick Douglass and Wye House: Archaeology and African American Culture in Maryland exhibition is currently on display at the Hornbake Library Special Collections Gallery. The exhibit is co-curated by Tracy Jenkins, Dr. Mark Leone, Dr. Elizabeth Pruitt, Benjamin A. Skolnik, Dr. Amanda Tang, and Stefan Woehlk, and will be on display until July 2017.