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Influential UO Anthropology Professor Dies

Philip D. Young, 76, died June 30, 2013 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1936 to Donald and Jean (Ftacek) Young. He served in the Army in The Panama Canal Zone. Phil was Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Chair of the Department of Anthropology (1985-1989) and Director of International Studies (1992-1995). He authored and co-edited 6 books and wrote numerous scholarly articles published in English and Spanish. He continued to be deeply committed to his work until his recent passing. He was a noted cultural anthropologist, a Latin Americanist specializing in socioeconomic change, adaptation among small farmers, and language and culture relationships. He had over 40 years of experience as a researcher, teacher, consultant, field-training director, project evaluator, and administrator. His bond with Ngäbe friends and family always drew him back to Panama. He leaves a legacy in his scholarship, his students and colleagues and the many people he touched throughout the world. To those close to him, Phil will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor, his devilish smile, and his collection of artisan frogs. His wife, Kathleen Black, will scatter his ashes at the Oregon coast, where they spent many happy times together. He is survived by Kathy, sons John and Andy, daughters Aixa, Juanita, Tanya, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of Eugene, and brother Jerry Young, who lives in California.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 14, 2013
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Anthropology Students Presenting in the Graduate Student Research Forum

Come support anthropology students as they present their research at the Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday March 7th in the EMU.

Tobin Hansen will be presenting: ‘Ethnography of “Criminal Alien” Deportees in Mexico’ as a poster.
Theresa Gildner will be presenting: ‘Associations between sleep duration, sleep quality, and obesity risk
among older adults from six middle income countries’ as a talk.
Mu-Lung Hsu will be presenting: ‘Seeing but Not Seeing: “This Is How We Do Things”‘ as a talk.

Click here for more information on the Graduate Student Research Forum.

‘This is the Story of Gabriel Sanchez’ A Documentary by Samantha King

Anthropology graduate student Samantha King has produced a documentary sharing the story of Gabriel Sanchez, a University of Oregon undergraduate in anthropology and archaeology. The documentary is part of the project Latino Roots in Oregon.

The documentary, and information about Latino Roots in Oregon, can be found here.

Prof. Carol Silverman is giving an UO Insight Seminar for adult learners.

Dr. Carol Silverman will be giving an Insight Seminar on:


Saturday, March 15 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $45
As Europe’s largest minority and its historical “other,” Roma are
revered for their music and reviled as people. As Roma combat
historical stereotypes, what challenges do they face, and are they
succeeding? What are the roles of the European Union and cultural
mediators?” No book needed for class.

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Anthropologist Stephen Corry Speaks at UO Enivronmental Conference

Anthropologist Stephen Corry will be a keynote speaker at the University of Oregon School of Law’s 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, “Running Into Running Out,” Feb. 27 through March 2 at the UO. Corry’s presentation is co-sponsored by the UO Anthropology Department.

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Undergraduate students Sunny Rae Harrison and Gabrieal Sanchez will present their research in the McNair Symposium on Wednesday Feb 19th

The McNair symposium will be in the EMU Oak and Maple rooms from 1-5 pm.

Gabriel is mentored by Jon Erlandson and Eirik Thorsgard and will present research entitled, “Cetacean Hunting at the Par-Tee Site (35CLT20): Ethnographic, Artifact, and Blood Residue Analysis Investigation.”

Sunny Rae Harrison is mentored by Lamia Karim and will present research entitled, “Maintaining Compassion and Harmony: An Analysis of Three Interreligious Communities in Bali.”

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Drs. Madonna Moss and Iain McKechnie published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Dr. Larry Sugiyama will be giving a plenery talk at the Northwest Evolution, Ecology, and Human Behavior Symposium

The talk is entitled, “Life history, market Integration, and health among the Shuar of Ecuadorian Amazonia,” and the conference will be held at Boise State University from March 7th-9th. Click here for more information.

Dr. Carol Silverman will be giving a lecture at University of Washington on Feb 27th

The lecture is entitled, “Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani Music, Representation and Appropriation”

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Dr. Carol Silverman’s work was featured in an article in The Oregonian

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Dr. Philip Scher has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the Catholic University in Lyon, France

Dr. Scher’s appointment is in the office of the UNESCO Chair on Memory, Cultures and Interculturality for the Fall of 2014.