Program News

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 The program looks forward to welcoming our new sociology professor, Kaelyn Wiles, in Fall 2013. Professor Wiles' interests include environmental sociology, health, sustainability,and the intersection between alternate healing practices such as mindfulness meditation with science and medicine. She comes to us from a two-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Grinnell College, and will be teaching courses in the sociology of health and illness, technology, and sustainable communities.

Recent grad Mark Addison ('13) will serve as Bonner Coordinator in 2013-14. Mark follows program graduates Kara Beer ('12) and Rachel Skaggs ('11) in the position!

Congratulations to our 2012-2013 senior prize winners, 

Rachel Stivers-Bender '13 (Anthropology) and Danielle Ryan '13 (Sociology)!

Congratulations to senior ANT/SOC major Mya Price ('13), who was selected as one of the senior speakers at the Honors Convocation! Read a transcript of her remarks here.

Archaeology Methods...and llamas! Read about it here.

Professor Andrea Abrams addresses issues of race, gender, and culture in the 2012 election here.

Professor Beau Weston travels with the incoming class of Brown Fellows to Turkey; read about it here

Older News

Centre alum Erin Murphy participated in an archaeological excavation at Praia Rei Cortico, a 100,000 year old Neanderthal site in Portugal this summer. The project was led by Dr. Jonathan Haws, a professor at the University of Louisville where Erin is in medical school. Here is a photo of the crew excavating:

The Ant/Soc program welcomes two visiting professors in 2012-13. This fall, Chrystal Grey is teaching Introduction to Sociology, and Blakely Brooks (a Centre alum; read about his return to Centre here) is teaching Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Medical Anthropology.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 Anthropology/Sociology Prize, Kara Beer ('12) and Sara Small ('12).

Read a web story about Robyn Cutright's CentreTerm course in Peru here and view a slideshow with images from the trip here.

2005 grad David Crowley was featured on 20/20 in December 2011, as part of a segment on the use/overuse of psychotropic medications w/ children in foster care. 20/20 used the agency he works at in Louisville, Maryhurst, as a positive example due to their philosophy to utilize a minimal amount of medications while focusing more on building healthy relationships and unique therapeutic interventions during treatment. The episode aired on ABC in December 2011. Read about David and the 20/20 story here.

Evis Muhameti ('12) is working on a John C. Young project in Sociology on on the effectiveness of youth centers as a means of preventing recently released juvenile offenders from offending again. Read about it here.

Sarah Goodrum's Law and Policy seminar was awarded a $2000 Pay It Forward grant. Read about it here.

John Rucker ('12) and Billy Spradlin ('12) traveled to Peru with Robyn Cutright to conduct archaeological research. Read about it here.

Congratulations to Rachel Skaggs and Lauren Everett, winners of the 2010-11 Anthropology and Sociology Prize.

Classes taught by Andrea Abrams and Sarah Goodrum award $9,000 to local nonprofits. Read about it here.

"Our Divorce Culture:  A Durkheimian Perspective," a paper by Scott Meltzer '10 has been published in The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.  Scott worked on this paper in Prof. Goodrum's "Research Methods" class, and in an independent study with Prof. Weston. Click here for the online abstract.

Melissa Raley '10 was named to the USA Today All-USA College Academic team in Honorable Mention list.

Congratulations to Haley Siler and Melissa Raley, winners of the 2009 - 10 Anthropology and Sociology Prize.

Centre was well represented at the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky Annual Conference at Murray State University on November 7th, 2009.  Jeff Glidden, Sarah Hargis, Camille Perez, Jenny Jones and Katie Moore each presented papers.  Andrea Abrams led the expedition. 

Back row: Hargis, Abrams, Prof. Demetrius Semien (Berea), Glidden
Front row: Natalia Otrishchenko, Kim-Dung Nguyen (both from Berea), Moore, Perez, Jones

Robyn Cutright's anthropology students dig for discoveries at the Willis Russell House

Senior Scott Meltzer appointed to Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Robyn Cutright joins the the program as an assistant professor of anthropology in the Fall of 2009. She specializes in archaeology.

Theory Camp: Professor leads students in analysis of A Secular Age

Phyllis Passariello is leading Centre's program in Merida, Mexico, in the Fall term, 2009. In the Centre Term, 2010 she will oversee internships in Mexico. A story about her "Introduction to Folklore" as a favorite class is here.

Sarah Goodrum was tenured and promoted to associate professor. She is program chair for the 2009/2010 academic year.


Andrea Abrams is now assistant professor. 

Laura Behrendt '09, sociology major, recognized in essay contest

Beau Weston's survey of Centre alumni is reported here.

Australian National Identity class' Picture of the Week from Melbourne, January 2009.