AGAS is an academically-related student group that represents the graduate student body of our department.

We sponsor a weekly speaker series, organize an annual student conference, and carry out fundraisers to cover the costs of events.

AGAS also elects representatives to the Department Council and the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Alberta. We address external affairs that affect graduate students in our department and liase with other graduate student groups in the Faculty of Arts.


  • Interview with this year's Frucht invited lecturer!
    Posted Feb 25, 2016, 4:17 PM by - agas
  • 2016 Frucht Memorial Lecture Series and Student Conference
    The 24th Annual Richard Frucht Memorial Lecture Series and Student Conference is happening March 2-4, 2016. This year's distinguished speaker is Dr. Todd Surovell from the University of Wyoming.

    This conference is open to students in anthropology (archaeology, linguistics, biological, and socio-cultural), as well as students from other related departments such as Native Studies, History and Classics, Geography, Sociology, and Earth and Atmospheric Science. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to submit an abstract for a podium presentation, poster, or film on a topic of current research or interests. Prizes will be awarded to the best podium, poster, and film presentations as well as for the runner-ups in each of the above categories. Papers should be 15 minutes in length (followed by a five-minute question period) and posters should be no larger than 48 by 36 inches.
    This is a valuable opportunity for all students to gain presentation experience, receive feedback on current research projects, and interact with fellow students and faculty. 
    See for more details and to submit your paper!
    This year we will also be including an Alumni session on Friday afternoon.

    Wednesday, March 2 - Public Lecture: "What Happened to the Mammoths? Exploring the Cause of North America's Most Recent Mass Extinction"
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Telus 150

    Thrusday, March 3 - Frucht Banquet
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA

    Friday, March 4 - Departmental Lecture: "Mapping People in Their Living Space: The Ethnoarchaeology of Mongolian Dukha Reindeer Herders"
    Location: TBA
    Time: TBA

    See for more details or email with an questions!
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 1:46 PM by - agas
  • AGAS End of School Year Community Engagement Party

    AGAS will be finishing this school year with a party at Ritchie Community Hall on April 24th. We will be presenting some research on the community, having a couple of local bands play, and featuring some of the key research AGAS members are doing in a storytelling format. If you are interesting in sharing your research stories with the community or volunteering, please contact Scott at We are particularly looking for people that have ProServe or SIPS training.

    Posted Jan 19, 2015, 9:57 PM by - agas
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2015 Frucht Memorial Lecture Series and Student Conference  March 4, 2015  
AGAS End of School Year Party Ritchie Community Hall April 24, 2015  
2016 Frucht Memorial Lecture and Student Conference  March 2, 2016  
Fringe Friday: Todd Kristensen Devaney's Basement September 30, 2016 3:30pm 
Fringe Friday: Anna Bettini Devaneys Basement October 14, 2016 3:00pm 
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