Category Archives: 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – Final Speaker – Emma Browning

Selfie with Emma Browning

Selfie with Emma Browning

Emma Browning and Dr. Eric Bailey

Emma Browning and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Emma Browning

Group Selfie with Emma Browning

On April 23rd, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series featured our final speaker – Emma Browning. Emma is a 2011 graduate receiving her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Theatre Arts. She was a double major at ECU with a concentration in Archaeology and a minor in French. Emma also has a Master’s degree in Bioarchaeology from a major university in England. The title of her talk was:

“All Over the Place: Literally and Figuratively”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical diaglogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Emma’s lecture was exciting, informative, enthusiastic, and down-right fun! Emma discussed primarily her year in graduate school in England. After receiving her bachelor’s from ECU, Emma traveled overseas and began her Master’s degree studies. She said her year in England was the Best year of her life! Why? Emma said that it challenged her on several levels because not only did she have to do alot of academic activities for the first time by herself but she also had to culturally immerse herself into a number of different European cultures.

Emma is also an actress. She has appeared in a number of TV shows including hosting a PBS show and an appearance in a movie.

Overall, Emma emphasized several key points to the audience. They were:

1. Improve your writing skills
2. Develop multiple skills
3. Get out of your comfort zone
4. Travel
5. Have a Passion for your interests

Emma was a very special presenter because just a few years ago, Emma was in this very class of mine – Professional Development Anthropology and on this day, she was a Guest Lecturer! In fact, I told Emma and the audience at the end of her lecture that she always had a special energy and critical curiosity about life that I knew would help her in her future endeavors.

Check out a few photos from her lecture including another Group and Individual Selfie with Emma!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – 2nd Speaker – Lauren Souther

Lauren Souther and Dr. Eric Bailey

Lauren Souther and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Lauren Souther

Group Selfie with Lauren Souther

On April 16th, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series featured our second speaker – Lauren Souther. Lauren is a 2012 graduate receiving her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Bioarchaeology. The title of her talk was:

“Cultural Resource Management: A Career in Archaeology”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more a constructive, practical diaglogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Lauren’s lecture was informative, straight-forward, revealing and direct. She discussed alot of the general and specific issues related to working for a Cultural Resource Management company. Lauren had an interest in CRM during her undergraduate years and after graduation, she was able to get a job with a CRM company. She shared several of her work site CRM activities including a fascinating photo showing her in the Florida Everglades.

Overall, Lauren’s major advice can be summarized in four key points. She emphasized the following issues:

1. Get Experience
2. Be Versatile
3. Get Your Masters
4. Talk to CRM companies

Check out a couple of photos from her lecture including another Group Selfie with Lauren!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – First Speaker – Bach Pham

Bach Pham and Dr. Eric Bailey

Bach Pham and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Bach Pham.

Group Selfie with Bach Pham.

On April 2nd, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series began and our first speaker for the lecture series was Bach Pham. Bach is a 2012 graduate receiving a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology. The title of his talk was:

“So You’re a What?: Preparing to Work as a Cultural Anthropologist in the Real World”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthroplogy graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Bach’s lecture was very informative, insightful, practical and entertaining. Currently working at the University of South Carolina in the Center for Child & Family Studies, Bach mentioned at the very beginning of his lecture that he considers himself a four-field anthropologist. Each subfield of anthropology (cultural, biological, archaeology, and linguistics) is essential to understanding and investigating cultures. Bach also talked about his personal background, his earlier fieldwork studies, his current job activities and the challenges of being a millennial anthropologist.

At the end of his lecture, Bach emphasized several key themes to the students in the classroom. They were: 1. Get off the internet, 2. Volunteer 3. Network with more colleagues 4. Attend anthropology conferences and student meetings 5. Get Back on the internet and do more researching on potential jobs 6. Take Chances.

By the end of his lecture, Bach had even mentioned that if he didn’t take chances earlier in his graduate career, many of the opportunities that has come his way, may not have. For me, this was a major key theme of his talk — Take Chances and Start Now!

Check out a couple of photos from this event including our Group Selfie with Bach!