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Spring Term, 2014

Anthropology Tan Sack Lecture Series

Friday's at Noon
Waldo 201A

May 2 - Cherri Pancake, OSU engineering: What could cultural anthropology and engineering possibly have in common?

Sometimes career paths can take unexpected turnings - and end up more enriched because of it. My own path went from publications to ethnography to computer engineering. Let's chat about how anthropology can be a stepping stone to some unusual but fulfilling careers, with examples from some of the people I've known and worked with.

May 16 - Mollie Manion, OSU Anthropology: Where Have All the Women and Children Gone? An Archaeological Investigation of a Domestic Household, 1833-1861

May 23 - Kimberly Marshall, University of Oklahoma: Dancing in the Spirit: Navajo Pentecostalism and the Alternative Agencies of Non-Human Actors

Since 1950, Neo-Pentecostalism has grown exponentially among Navajos of the US Southwest. On any summer night, the lighted white tents of Oodlání (‘Believers’) revivals dot the high-desert landscape. Inside, dozens of Navajos rock, sway, spin, and shudder in an impressive display of what anthropologists might call spirit possession. For Oodlání, however, these inspired believers are charismatically “filled” with the Holy Spirit, and their erratic movements are better understood as a “dance.” In this talk, I discuss the spread of neo-Pentecostalism among Navajos and show how expressive culture at tent revivals reveals that neo-Pentecostalism is both incorporative of Navajo
culture and resistant to it.

May 30 - Carolyn Holthoff, ODOT, Working in Cultural Resources Management: A Transportation Perspective

From small statewide projects to large construction jobs, policy development and working with other agencies applying your knowledge of cultural resources beyond the classroom can be rewarding and challenging. Carolyn Holthoff, ODOT Cultural Resources Program Manager and Tribal Liaison has done cultural resource management work throughout the Southeastern United States and Pacific Northwest; She has been with ODOT since 2005.

June 6 - This talk has been cancelled!  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tan Sack Lecture Series for June 6 has changed speakers.
Waldo 201A

Moiwa Momoh, Sierra Leone
Sudy Storm, Oregon State Anthropology

The Community Health Collective of Sierra Leone:
A Village Journey to Recovery & Development through Empowered Capacity Building

The remote villages of Sierra Leone were destroyed during the rebel war that ravaged the country for 11 years. The national government was left in ruins and infrastructures destroyed. In spite of the efforts of the international NGO community, villagers continue to suffer extreme poverty and poor health outcomes. In 2013, a group of stakeholders in the Jawei Chiefdom came together to create the Community Health Collective (CHC); an organizational vehicle with which to improve the health and living conditions of remote village populations in Sierra Leone. CHC is based on a social justice model that promotes equity and equality for all citizens regardless of their gender, religious preference or political affiliation. It was created to build collaborative networks that support the autonomy and right to self-determination of local populations. This is the story of how empowered villagers are creating a sustainable, prosperous, and healthy future.

The Honorable Moiwa Momoh was born in Kambama village in the Jawei Chiefdom of Sierra Leone. He earned a Master’s degree in Sociology while attending school in Freetown. The Honorable is the elected parliamentary representative for the Jawei Chiefdom and sits on the Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Gender Affairs. He is respected for his belief and support in finding local solutions to the structural violence that continues to perpetuate poverty, inequity, and inequality in the villages.

Sudy Storm has a B.S. in Anthropology with a Sociology minor and certificate in Applied Cultural Anthropology from Southern Oregon University. She will graduate from Oregon State University in 2014 with an M.A. in Applied Medical Anthropology and an M.P.H. in International Public Health. Since 1999, Sudy has worked as a midwife to provide training and capacity building programs for traditional midwives and community health workers in remote village regions of West Africa. As a clinical medical anthropologist and researcher Sudy investigates the cultural, economic, political, and environmental determinants of health in village populations.

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