Decriminalization in Maine – Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7pm in LVJ 100

How could Maine change its approach to the substance use disorder and the overdose-death crisis? Join Zoe Brokos and Molly Whyte, both from the Church of Safe Injection, and anthropologist Winifred Tate for a discussion about alternative policy approaches.

Standing Committee on Racism in the Anthropology Classroom

he Standing Committee on Racism in the Anthropology Classroom is a mechanism through which students can bring concerns about classroom teaching and discussion of race and incidents of racism in the classroom in the anthropology department to the attention of the department. The committee will create departmental responses to incidents as they arise. Students bringing...

Professor Winifred Tate is lead author on new ACLU report “A Better Path for Maine: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs”

Winifred Tate, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is lead author on the newly issued ACLU report “A Better Path for Maine: The Case for Decriminalizing Drugs.” The report documents the high toll that drug laws have had on Maine communities, drawing both from interviews conducted with people across the state and reviews of public records requests and public...

In her new book, Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2020), Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, explains how and why the mobility of certain groups of people gets restricted—and at times allowed—around the world.

Border Crossings: An anthropologist chronicles worldwide system of apartheid In her new book, Militarized Global Apartheid (Duke University Press, 2020), Catherine Besteman, the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology, explains how and why the mobility of certain groups of people gets restricted—and at times allowed—around the world. She unveils a contemporary worldwide system...

The Nature Conservancy Article Highlights “Design Thinking” Jan Plan Course

The Nature Conservancy published an article about a new Jan Plan course, Design Thinking and Product Innovation, in which the author, who was also the course instructor, recounts her experience with 18 Colby students in her class. “I wanted to create a journey for the students,” Nina Naylor wrote, “and show them that sometimes you need to pull...

Callie Maidhof recipient of 2019-20 ACLS Fellowship

Congratulations to Visiting Assistant Professor Callie Maidhof who is the recipient of a 2019-20 ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs for her project Borderline Settlers: Religion and Suburbia in Contemporary Israel. Read more about this prestigious program and Callie’s project on the ACLS website.

Congratulations to Ben Fanucci-Kiss’20 for Honorable Mention from the Society for Economic Anthropology

Congratulations to Ben Fanucci-Kiss ’20 who has received honorable mention in the Society for Economic Anthropology’s 2019 Harold K. Schneider Essay Competition. Ben’s essay, “Teaching Transgression: Class Negotiation, Abrasive Capital, and El Chapo,” develops a critical analysis of class negotiation in educational institutions as a raced, gendered, and sexed process. The national competition recognizes “innovative...

Chandra Bhimull’s Empire in the Air awarded honorable mention in two national competitions

Congratulations to Chandra Bhimull (Anthropology and African American Studies) for the recognition of her extraordinary book, Empire in the Air, which has been awarded honorable mention in two national competitions:  the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and the 2019 American Ethnological Society Sharon Stephens Prize. The latter is awarded biennially...