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ECU celebrates World Anthropology Day

The Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University is celebrating World Anthropology Day 2017 with an Anthropology in the Workplace event Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Flanagan Building.

The third annual Anthropology After Dark open house will exhibit laboratories, artifact displays, an Egyptian tomb, Mexican dance masks and three ECU alumni who will discuss how they have incorporated their training in anthropology into their professional careers.

The Anthropology Student Organization (ANSO) will provide food and refreshments following the lecture hour, which starts at 7 p.m.

“This event is one of our more significant public outreach events. We invite the public into our classrooms and labs to help them understand the relevance of anthropology in the 21st century,” said Dr. Randy Daniel, chair of the Department of Anthropology.

To complement the discussion of food wealth and food insecurity, contributions of food, toiletries and paper products will be accepted for donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – Greenville Branch.

Parking will be available at the parking lot at the corner of 10th and Cotanche streets.

Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them. Anthropologists will share their work around the world. Events and activities in Canada, Morocco, India, Egypt, Mexico, Tunisia and across the United States will build enthusiasm and awareness for current and future anthropologists.

“This is a great time for anthropology,” said Dr. Alisse Waterston, president of the American Anthropological Association. “Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.”

 

 

-by Heidi Luchsinger, Department of Anthropology

Taiwan trip to explore study abroad connections

Whitney Morris, East Carolina University’s coordinator of faculty-led study abroad, has been awarded a Fulbright International Education Administrator’s Seminar grant to travel to Taiwan in March.

The purpose of the program is to build relationships in countries that may be underrepresented by American study abroad students, said Dr. Regis Gilman, executive director of the Office of Continuing Studies.

Whitney Morris will travel to Taiwan in March to build relationships for a possible future study abroad program. (Photo by Cliff Hollis) Whitney Morris will travel to Taiwan in March to build relationships for a possible future study abroad program. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

“By participating in the seminar, Ms. Morris will learn more about higher education in Taiwan and how ECU will be able to build relationships there to encourage faculty and student interest in non-traditional study abroad countries,” he said.

The grant provides a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about Taiwan’s higher education system while also gaining experience with its people and culture, Morris said.

Morris, who said she has never been to Asia, plans to look for areas of common interest and create a framework to begin faculty-led study abroad programs in Taiwan over the coming years. ECU currently offers faculty-led study abroad programs in a variety of countries in Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

“Taiwan is a country that has many of the same developmental priorities as eastern North Carolina, such as being emerging market economies in coastal communities, with many students in higher education coming from rural locations,” Gilman said. “I am extremely excited about both Whitney’s initiative in applying for the grant and the outcomes from her experience in Taiwan.”

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Funding for grants is made possible through appropriations by the U.S. Congress and contributions from partner countries and the private sector.

 

 

-by Jules Norwood

Sociology students use global technology to share favorite campus spots

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

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ECU sociology instructor and professional photographer Maria McDonald took her students on a tour of key landmarks on campus this Spring, taking photographs to share with students in India, Russia, and China.

McDonald’s Global Understanding: Sociology course is linking with students in these countries, allowing ECU students to share their experiences living in the United States and learn how that experience compares with that of students around the globe.

The course is part of the Global Understanding curriculum, which links ECU students to students in more than 30 countries.

McDonald’s students enjoyed the chance to show their global partners the landmarks they associate with their ECU experience. The photo tour culminated in an opportunity to walk onto the ECU stadium field.

For more information on the Global Understanding curriculum: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/globalinitiatives/course.cfm

ECU to hold International Education Week

East Carolina University will commemorate International Education Week Nov. 14 through 21 with a series of events that are free and open to the community.

International Education Week celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Events at ECU will showcase the 300-plus international students on campus as well as hundreds of global-minded students, staff and faculty who appreciate diversity.

The following events are scheduled:

Nov. 14

  • International Affairs Open House, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” (2008). Ethnic Studies Film Series. 6 p.m., Bate 1031 The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. Sponsored by Ethnic Studies.
  • “Danton”  (1983). Revolutionary France… on the screen, 7:30 p.m., Bate 1031  Andrzej Wajda offers a vivid portrayal of the mix of personality and politics that governed France when the term “terrorism” was coined. Filmed with Polish and French actors during the early years of the Solidarnosc movement. Sponsored by the History Department.

Nov. 15

  • Education Abroad Fair. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.  This campus-wide Study Abroad Information Fair will help students understand the ins and outs of studying overseas.
  • Peace Corps Information Session, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., International House Conference Room. Returned Peace Corps volunteer Marques Anderson share information about the Peace Corps.

Nov. 16

  • Cultural Xplosion. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Hendrix Theatre. The African Student Organization is sponsoring a poetry, diverse song and cultural dance to share ECU’s ethnic pride and artistic variety.
  • “Burnt by the Sun” (1994). Russian Film Series. 7:30pm, Bate 1009.  A long summer day in 1936. Colonel Kotov, an aging military hero of the Bolshevik revolution, is enjoying the good life in his country home with his captivating young wife Maroussia, their six-year-old daughter and numerous family members. Into this idyllic setting enters Dimitri, who was Maroussia’s lover a decade ago, before leaving under mysterious circumstances. Dimitri now works for Stalin’s secret police and it becomes clear that he has returned with an agenda. Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  Sponsored by Russian Studies.

Nov. 17

  • International Student Association Meeting. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., International House Conference Room. This organization strives to enhance international awareness, cooperation and diversity among international students, the East Carolina University campus and Greenville community.
  • Afternoon Tea… English Style. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., International House. Drop by for informal conversation and meet new friends. Tea, homemade sandwiches and scones shall be served.

Nov. 18

  • “A Taste of Italy” Closing Luncheon. Noon – 1 p.m., International House. Luncheon for the ECU community.

Nov. 21

  • “Don’t Judge Me”. 7 p.m., Science and Technology Building, Room C-207.  A panel discussion regarding racial, religious and cultural stereotypes on campus, with moderator Rob Bradley, director of Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

Live … From Iraq … It’s Monday Night!

Elmer Poe, assistant vice chancellor of Emerging Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University, leads a discussion between ECU students and their peers at Kufa University in Iraq. (Contributed photo)

The technology balked, yet the learning went on in East Carolina University’s global classroom.

Some 70 ECU students who stayed up late for a first-ever campus get together with peers in Iraq didn’t get the experience they expected. The connection flittered, and instructors had to improvise.

Yet for many participants in the event dubbed the “Midnight Special,” the hour they spent conversing, on and off, with students at Kufa University via satellite reinforced lessons they’d been learning in the classroom.  Read more…