Thursday, September 23, 2010

Upcoming Event: Boe Titla, Apache Country Singer and Songwriter

Boe Titla, an Apache country singer and songwriter, will be presenting "Songs of Apache Places and Histories" on October 11, 2010 from 5:00-6:30PM. The event will be held in Phillips B-120, with a reception following.

Lambert (Boe) Titla is a talented singer, songwriter, and artist from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. Born in Bylas, Arizona, Boe is a member of the Black Water clan. His solo performances and recordings have provided entertainment and insight for audiences in Arizona, New Mexico, and throughout the southwest. His songs and stories about Apache places and histories have made him a featured performer at numerous Native American events and Cowboy Poetry gatherings. Boe's album, Native American Balladeer is available on

The event is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Music, the Institute for Ethnographic Research, and the GW Anthropology Society.

2006 Cotlow Award Recipient Releases Report on HIV/AIDS in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area

Dana Thomson (BA Int'l Affairs, 2008), a 2006 Lewis B. Cotlow Award recipient whose research involved a comparative study of HIV/AIDS care organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, recently released a report entitled "HIV/AIDS in the Washington, DC metropolitan area: Whitman-Walker Clinics, 2007". This report, building upon Ms. Thomson's previous research, summarizes demographic, medical, social, economic, and geographic characteristics of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS at Whitman-Walker's three clinics in 2007. The report is unique for its social determinants framework and use of maps to summarize HIV/AIDS data.

Ms. Thomson is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is hopeful that the data and methods from this report can be utilized by the DC HIV/AIDS community and beyond.

Key findings, the full report, and a list of upcoming presentations can be found at:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Anthropology Society announces study hours, general meeting

The GW Anthropology Society hosted study hours on September 12 in the Anthropology Department seminar room and plans to hold these regularly throughout the year. The Society will have their first General Interest/Body Meeting September 13 at 8 p.m. in the same room. These events follow a well-attended potluck on September 10.

The Society's e-mail address is All anthropology students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to join.

Brian Richmond becomes Anthropology Department chair

Associate Professor Brian G. Richmond is the new chair of the Anthropology Department, replacing Catherine {"Kitty") Allen, who will serve as deputy chair through the fall. Brian, who came here from the University of Illinois in 2002, teaches courses in human evolution, functional anatomy, and analytical methods. He stepped into the chairship after another busy field season hunting fossils in Kenya.

For more on Dr. Richmond, visit

Friday, September 3, 2010

Alumnus Enters 2010 Teach for America Corps

Recent graduate Nicholas Profeta (BA Anth and Econ 2010) was accepted into the 2010 Teach for America corps, the largest and highest-caliber corps in the organization's 20-year history.

Starting this fall, Nicholas will teach in Dade County, FL, bringing new energy and leadership to the challenge of closing the academic achievement gap for students in low-income communities. In a year where admission was more competitive than ever before, with an acceptance rate of 12 percent, Nicholas was selected from a record 46,000 individuals who applied to Teach For America and will join nearly 4,500 new corps members teaching in 39 regions across the country.