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
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!