Student Shorts

William and Mary Undergraduate Anthropology Club

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The William and Mary Undergraduate Anthropology Club aims to act as a resource for students who wish to connect with other students, graduate students, and professors in the anthropology department, find opportunities for study, scholarship, and jobs, and otherwise explore their passion for the field.  Our activities include (but are not limited to) speakers, field trips, and movies. We hope to provide both entertainment and serious discussion to those who are already interested in anthropology, and to inspire interest in others about the discipline to which we are dedicated.

Anthropology Students at Cambridge University

What is "the proper study of mankind"? William and Mary undergraduates who were part of the Reeves Center Summer Program at Cambridge, England considered this question in a course with the same title. Led by Anthropology professor Kathleen Bragdon, students visited museums representing the history of ethnographic collecting, from "Cabinets of Curiosity" at the British Museum in London, and the Pitt-Rivers Museum at Oxford, to modern indigenous art museums. The program was housed at Christ's College, Cambridge, where Charles Darwin studied. Inspired by his evolutionary model, a generation of early anthropologists came to teach and learn at  Cambridge including such luminaries as William Robertson-Smith, James Frazer, and Alfred Cort Haddon. As part of their research, William and Mary students examined ethnographic collections at Cambridge's own museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, now under the direction of  Dr. Nicholas Thomas, which houses materials brought back from the field by many of the most prominent anthropologists of their generation.

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Graduate Students Participate in Ethnohistory Session

Five Anthropology graduate students, Ashley Atkins, Chris Shephard, Stephanie Hasselbacher Berryhill, Katie Sikes, and Buck Woodard gave papers at the American Society for Ethnohistory Meetings in Ottawa, Canada on October 23, 2010. Their session, entitled "Tensions and Ambiguities in Native Histories of Virginia and the Southeast" was organized and chaired by Professors Kathleen Bragdon and Martin Gallivan of the Department. Dr. Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at the College, also contributed, and the session was discussed by Dr. Margaret Holmes Williamson Huber, a well-known scholar and expert on Virginia's native people.