Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GW Students, Alumna to present at American University Public Anthropology Conference Oct. 3-4

This weekend, Oct. 3-4, American University will host its 12th annual Public Anthropology Conference at the University's Mary Graydon Center. This year's theme, Shifting Climates: Dialogues of the Urgent and Emergent, has allowed for diversity in both panel topics and presenters. The Conference's featured keynote speakers are Denis Provencher, Judith Goode, and Laurie Krieger.

Current students Jorge Benavides (PhD) and Emma Louise Backe (MA) will be participating in the session titled "The Intersections of Anthropology and Public Health" scheduled for Oct. 3rd at 12:30 pm. The panel will be moderated by current MA student Beth Moretzsky.

Additionally, Department of Anthropology Alumna Kaitlin Carson (MA 2015) will be presenting as part of the session titled "Innovations and Reconsiderations of Aid in Africa" scheduled for Oct. 3rd from 9:00-10:50 AM.

In addition to current and former students, two former Department of Anthropology faculty members will be participating. Lauren Carruth will be joining Kaitlin for the "Aid in Africa" session and Scott Freeman will be participating in the session titled "Public Anthropology in the Peace Corps" scheduled for Oct. 4th from 9:00-10:50 AM.

For more information, visit the conference web page here and review the conference schedule after the jump.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Roboprocesses Workshop hosted On Campus, Sept. 24th-25th

This Thursday, September 24th and Friday, September 25th, George Washington University's Elliott School for International Affairs will play host to a workshop bringing together contributors to an edited volume on "roboprocesses". Co-organizer and Chair of the workshop Hugh Gusterson describes roboprocesses as "...the kinds of scripted algorithms banks use to decide whether you get a mortgage, governments use to decide whether you're a security risk, etc".

Fresh from an appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton where he studied the use of polygraphs in the national security state and in popular culture, Dr. Gusterson officially joins the faculty of the GW Department of the Anthropology this fall. His areas of expertise include militarism, nuclear culture, the anthropology of science, ethics, international security, public anthropology, and methods.

View the Roboprocesses Workshop schedule, including participants and discussants, after the jump.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Alumna Shanyn Ronis (BA 2009) Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Raise $50k for Education in Latin America

On December 1, GW Anthropology alumna and nonprofit executive Shanyn Ronis (B.A. 2009) launched a crowdsourcing campaign via Indiegogo to raise funds for a unique approach to education in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Her nonprofit organization, the Education Global Access Program (E-Gap), has developed a unique approach to educational programs in developing countries, blending grassroots efforts with anthropological and cultural studies to make their programs more effective and sustainable. Anthropologists work with educators to conduct assessments and then co-develop programs that work with a community’s cultural patterns and structures.

“Real and long-lasting change occurs when communities are able to take ownership of development initiatives,” says Ronis. “At E-Gap we are committed to partnerships, both with established non-profits and more importantly, with local communities.” Learn more at
The Indiegogo campaign will directly benefit over 300 people in 12 communities. The campaign will run from December 1 through January 10, and funds will be used to pay for teachers’ salaries and trainings, as well as for transportation stipends and meals for students. Make your contribution and receive a gift at

Alison Brooks's Work on the Evolution of Human Diet Is Part of GW Food Research

Anthropology Professor Alison Brooks is part of the growing multidisciplinary food research movement within the University. GW has recently hosted USDA symposiums on changing nutritional guidelines. Courses such as Chef Jose Andres's World on a Plate course have also provided a forum for GW faculty from different fields of study come together to critically examine food issues. 

To read more about the growing food research movement, read GW Today's article featuring Alison Brooks. If you would like to learn more about Alison Brooks's research, watch her presentation from the CARTA conference. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Alumna Casey McHugh Works for USAID in Liberia

Casey McHugh (M.A. Anth-ID 2011), was recently appointed to the position of Education Program Support Specialist at USAID/Liberia. She will be providing support on the conceptualization, design, documentation, and management of USAID education assistance projects in Liberia. Previously, Casey worked in Liberia as a research assistant for Prof. Steve Lubkemann.

"art + evolution" exhibit at GW

On Monday, March 25, an exhibit opened in Smith Hall at GW. The exhibit, entitled “art + evolution: exploring the creative mind,” is the product of collaboration between the Department of Fine Arts and the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology (CASHP), and was curated by Roxanne Goldberg and CASHP students Kes Schroer and Serena Bianchi. It explores the origins of human creativity through the work of local DC artists, and photographs taken by CASHP members during their travels and laboratory work. Monday night, Anthropology Department professor Alison Brooks inaugurated the program with a lecture on symbolism and human evolution. On Thursday, March 28, the opening reception will be held in Smith Hall (801 22nd St) between 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

The exhibit will remain open April 5.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Alumnus Hermon Farahi Is Documentary Filmmaker

Hermon Farahi (M.A. Anth-Int’l Dev. 2011) has recently returned from Mt. Everest working as a documentary filmmaker with the LoveHopeStrength cancer foundation. Farahi and his coworkers produced a series of short documentaries about their journey on Mt. Everest. You can see their daily uploads at