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International Study Opportunities Summer 2018

Interested in studying abroad this summer, and earning 3 to 6 credits? Check out these opportunities: 

London (June 23-July 21) ARC/HIS 295: Pyramids, Temples and Towns: The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt; and ARC/HIS 340 Origins of Cities 

Prague (June 3-June 30) ANT/HIS 312: Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe; and POL 334: Post-Communist Politics. 

Rome (May 21-June 8): ARC/HIS 332: Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean. 


UWL Ethnographic Film Series of 2017-2018: "Viewing the World thorugh the Lens of Cultural Anthropology

Dr. Christine Hippert was recently interviewed by Jacob Willms of the UWL student newspaper, The Mercury, after her facilitation of Growing Change: A Journey Inside Venezuela's Food Revolution, the final Fall semester film of our Ethnographic Film Series. The film series has been highly successful, with over 100 attendees per film that include UWL students and faculty, and members of the wider La Crosse community. The Fall films included The Babushkas of Chernobyl (faciliated by Dr. Elizabeth Peacock), Hmong Memory at the Crossroads (Dr. Vincent Her), and Growing Change. Three more films will be screened in the Spring, selected and facilitated by Dr. David Anderson (Garbage Dreams), Dr. Katherine Grillo (The Story of the Weeping Camel), and Dr. Elizabeth Peacock (TBA).


Our Students and Faculty Highlighted in Campus News

Our department was featured twice in the College of Liberal Studies' Fall 2017 Capstone newsletter. "New Major" celebrates our new Cultural Anthropology emphasis in the Archaeology major, and includes an interviews with Dr. Christine Hippert and Elvia Valles, senior and double-major in the Cultural Anthropology emphasis and Sociology.

The second piece, "3D Archaeology: Professor, senior bring ancient culture to today", discusses the 3D modeling utilized by Dr. David Anderson, and how William Feltz ('17) used the technology in his senior thesis project on prehistoric pottery.

In Campus News (November 8), Felipe Pincheira-Berthelon, senior psychology major and McNair Scholar currently working with Dr. Elizabeth Peacock, was interviewed about his research project on multilinguals and stress. 


Archaeology Students and Faculty Present at MAC Conference

Two archaeology students, Jaelyn Roland and Andrew Anklam presented their current research at the 2017 Midwest Archaeological Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jaelyn presented her Senior Thesis research on "Cultural Changes during the Protohistoric Period: An Oneota Case Study."  Andrew discussed research he completed this summer on "Modeling Proglacial Shorelines of Glacial Lake Agassiz around Prehistoric Quarries in Northern Minensota," co-authored with Dan Wendt. Constance Arzigian, Lecturer and Senior Research Associate with the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center (MVAC), along with Jean Dowiasch (MVAC) presented "Avocational Archaeology:Expanding the Archaeological Record beyond CRM", in the MAC sponsored symposium "Collaborative Engagement: Working with Responsible Private Collectors and Collections." The conference program is available online

Andrew Anklam

Jaelyn Roland


Cultural Anthropology Student Presents at NCCLA Conference

Ashley Schwartz NCCLA 

Ashley Schwartz (Cultural Anthropology) presented at the annual conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA) in Madison, WI from October 5-7. Her presentation, entitled, "Examining Indigenous Knowledge and Community Inclusiveness in the Curriculum of the Pirwa After-school Program for Children in Huancarani, Bolivia," included some of the results of her thesis research conducted in summer 2017.  Her project was funded by an Undergraduate Research Grant.  Ashley was also awarded an NCCLA Student Travel Award to attend the conference. 


Tanzania field school contributes to major discovery on African genetics

Dr. Kate Grillo is a co-author on a new paper about ancient African genetics, and one of the key samples for the study was discovered during her 2015 field school in Tanzania.  There is a technical paper on the results, as well as some great media coverage, such as this New York Times article.


UWL Hispanic Heritage Month: On Social Movements

A series of upcoming presentations celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  All are open to the public. Please join us. 

Thursday Sept 21, 5 pm (The Union Room 3314): Pachucos! Mexican American Youth Culture in the U.S. Southwest 1910-1955; presented by Dr. Gerardo Licón.

Wednesday Sept 27, 5 pm (The Union Theater): Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. Film introduced and discussed by Dr. Víctor Macías-González.

Thursday October 12, 5 pm (The Union Theater): “Millie and the Lords” (2015); Film introduced by Dr. Omar Granados.


New Cultural Anthropology Program

UWL has added a Cultural Anthropology Emphasis major. 

Dr. Christine Hippert, UW-L Anthropology Program Coordinator, described Cultural Anthropology as, “…the study of contemporary peoples and cultures.”  

“The major is specifically designed to give students a cross-cultural and international perspective on human diversity so that they account for cultural context when solving social problems.”  It is a great program for those interested in a wide range of careers, especially international work.

Read more about the program in the UWL Racquet


Archaeology Field School in Holmen makes the news

Dr. David Anderson's Archaeology Field School (ARC 402) has been working on exploring the past and getting some real experience in field archaeology.  Their story is told in an article in the La Crosse Tribune and with a story, videos, and photos on WXOW. The UWL Campus Connection has lots of photos of the students at work. The story on WIProud has a great video clip where you can hear and see what's happening as they excavate a Native American village from A.D. 1400. Digging up ancient garbage may not sound like fun, but it holds the answers to how people lived, and is "super cool," according to one participant. 

Archaeology field school excavation


Science Camp features Archaeologist: Making Bones Speak

Dr. Amy Nicodemus, and Archaeology students Jenny Lemminger and Valerie Watson presented science to middle school students at the 2017 Girls in Science and Boys Science Exploration camps .  In the "Making Bones Speak" activity, students put on their detective hats and became forensic anthropologists for the afternoon. They learned how to use the human skeleton to identify who a person was, determining traits such as age, sex, and stature, and how they might have died. In the photo below, after successfully identifying their victim, the students are relaxing by tackling the task of reassembling a human hand, with it's 27 bones.


Dr. Grillo's African Archaeology course makes Campus News for creative teaching methods

Dr. Kate Grillo and her African Archaeology course (ARC 312) were featured in the June 12 UWL Campus News, as an example of an instructor who's bringing creative approaches to developing students' research capabilities, and keeping it interesting. The students participated in the "Wikipedia Education Program" and corrected, updated, or prepared new articles on African Archaeology for Wikipedia. Their entries have been viewed more than 125,000 times since then.  Besides improving the content for the website, the students learned much about the nature of web content. 

Some of Dr. Grillo's favorite pages from this past semester are:


Dr. Christine Hippert's new course: "Search for Economic Justice"

Dr. Christine Hippert is one of the first two instructors to have taught this multi-disciplinary general education course that examines economic justice worldwide through multiple disciplines. In the course, she shares many stories drawn from her international research to some of the poorest communities in Latin America, saying "I'm putting faces and names to the people who make your clothes, your food...".  See page 23 of the Spring 2017 CLS Capstone newsletter for more information.

The course, ANT 212, is taught each spring, and will satisfy the General Education requirement G4: International and Multicultural Studies. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from Dr. Hippert's research in the hallways outside the Department office (435 Wimberly) and outside classroom 312.

Archaeology student and 3D visualizations

Dr. David Anderson and archaeology student William Feltz were featured in the UWL's campus news, discussing both the research and teaching value of creating 3D images. Read more about this new application of digital technology.

Two archaeology and anthropology students honored at CLS Evening of Excellence

Archaeology and Anthropology students Eleanor Waters and Gemma Zahradka were recognized for their accomplishments at UWL at the 2017 CLS Evening of Excellence. 

Eleanor Waters and her parents celebrate her recognition as an archaeology and anthropology student at the CLS Evening of Excellence. 


Gemma Zahradka

Gemma Zahradka was recognized for her work as an archaeology student at the CLS Evening of Excellence. 

Spring 2017 Student Presentations

Archaeology students were active participants in research during the spring 2017 semester, and presented their work at the 2017 Celebration of Research and Creativity, at the Posters at the Rotunda. Two students also prsented at Infused Languages and Cultures across the Majors: Student Perspectives. One student was inited to present his resarch at the Wisconsin System Board of Trustees meeting at UWL. Congratulations to all. Views of the students in action are archived here.

Archaeology student invited to present at WiSys Board of Trustees Meeting May 3  

Archaeology student William Feltz has been invited to present his research poster at the upcoming meeting of the Wisconsin System Board of Trustees, here at UWL on May 3. His work discusses rendering 3D images of Wisconsin ceramics. This is a nice acknowledgment of the important research that our archaeology students conduct.

Exhibition Photographs on display in Wimberly Hall:

The Search for Economic Justice

Some of the photographs from this exhibition are now on display in the hallway outside 312 WImberly Hall, or on the 4th floor of Wimberly outside the Archaeology and Anthropology Department office at 435 Wimberly. Please take a look.

  • The photos depict lots of the themes and topics --  such as immigration and migration, the origins of political revolutions, the complexities involved with understanding cultural differences and the need for universal human rights -- that are discussed in the new General Education class ANT 212 Search for Economic Justice.  ANT 212 fulfills the GE04 category in General Education, and shows students the direct impacts of our own actions on people around the world who make our clothes, our food, our electronics, etc.
  • Through the lens of photography, viewers will encounter depictions of various aspects of economic justice in photos, while simultaneously posed different questions pertaining to these depictions, prompting reflection and dialogue about  economics and the human side of economic inequality.

    This exhibition was made possible by the UWL Foundation Small Grants program and organized by Christine Hippert, Archaeology/Anthropology, Nabamita Dutta, Economics; and Marc Manke, Murphy Library.


  • World Anthropology Day 2017

This year the UWL Archaeology Club celebrated World Anthropology Day by setting up a Anthropology information booth for February 16th and by hosting their second annual Settlers of Catan tournament February 17th, at the new Student Union. At the tournament, students of various academic backgrounds were able to experience Anthropology though expanding settlements, resource management, and trade relationships. World Anthropology Day is a yearly event organized by the American Anthropological Association to celebrate our discipline.

Students playing Settlers of Catan for World Anthropology Day

  • Student Highlight: Neil Bollinger (Fall 2016 Graduate)

    Driven to know

    Neil Bollinger will graduate with a degree in archaeology during the December commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 18, at the La Crosse Center. He plans to continue on in graduate school.Neil Bollinger graduated with a degree in archaeology during the December commencement ceremony Sunday, Dec. 18, at the La Crosse Center. He plans to continue on in graduate school. Full story at this link.


News Stories

  • World Anthropology Day with the Archaeology Club

As part of the American Anthropological Association's World Anthropology Day, the UWL Archaeology Club, headed by Archaeology Majors Jenny Keute and Jacob Poppe, had a campus-wide event on Thurs., Feb. 18th from 6-11 pm where students played the board game, "Settlers of Catan."  Read more about World Anthropology Day here

Then, on Friday, Feb. 19, they set up a table during UWL's campus-wide recruitment event to explain to prospective students what Archaeology and Anthropology can do for students' future careers. 

World Anthropology Day- UWL Archaeology CLub playing Settlers of Catan

Archaeology club sharing information at Campus Close-up

  • The job market for archaeologists is better than average!

 Learn more about the job outlook and what you can expect. Read the full story


  • UWL Racquet features an article on the new Archaeology & Anthropology Department

You can read the whole issue here or download a pdf of the article

Some highlights from the article: The Archaeology major program has been offered at UW-La Crosse since 1992. Since then, the archaeology and anthropology departments at UW-L have been housed in the joint Department of Sociology and Archaeology. However, due to substantial differences in the two fields, there had always been talk of moving archaeology and anthropology into its own department separate from sociology. 

"With the Growth, Quality, and Access Initiative, new faculty members were added in both the sociology and archaeology programs, and we determined collectively, at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year, that we could advance our programmatic goals more efficiently as separate academic departments," said department chair and archaeology professor, Timothy McAndrews.

McAndrews also stated that he is most excited for the types of students that this new department will draw to UW-L. "Our program is already recognized as one of, if not the best, programs of its kind in the country. Now, as the only Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in the world, we believe our academic programs will be a draw for even more students," he said.

Many of the students...are excited for what the new department will bring to UW-L. "Although we are now a separate department, we continue to partner with other departments to enrich our learning, and possibility exists of hiring more professors with different areas of expertise or viewpoints. The combination of archaeology and anthropology really creates a well-rounded learning experience," said sophomore archaeology major Maddy Younce.

  •  Dr. Kate Grillo - Summer Fieldwork in Tanzania

View the field notes and more photos

Kate Grillo and students in the field

  • Dr. Christine Hippert - Sabbatical Field Notes from the Dominican Republic

View the field notes and more photos

  •  UWL Professor David Anderson appointed to ARCE

David Anderson has spent the last 30 years digging into the dirt on early Egyptian culture. That work has earned him a spot on the Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt, or ARCE. ARCE is a non-profit foundation that promotes the research and understanding of all aspects of Egyptian culture.