This Anthropological Life

Every Thursday at 11:00 am, graduate students Adam Gamwell (Anthropology PhD), Ryan Collins (Archaeology PhD), and Aneil Tripathy (MA International and Global Studies), cohost an anthropology radio program on campus at WBRS 100.1 FM. Titled This Anthropological Life, the radio program is  a round-table, open format discussion of an anthropological take on the people, objects, ideas, and possibilities of everyday life around the world. Additionally, Gamwell runs an associated blog at that features podcasts and related and extended content from the radio program.  Be sure to tune in next Thursday for the latest show!

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Left to Right – Gamwell, Collins, Tripathy

Add comment November 26th, 2013

Professor Rachel McCulloch wins Carolyn Shaw Bell Award


Professor Rachel McCulloch is the recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. This very prestigious award is given annually by the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) to a person who has furthered the status of women in economics.   Professor McCulloch has deep and sustained support for this award from her many former students and colleagues.

Note that Anne Carter of Brandeis won this award in 2008. The only other university that has had two recipients is the University of Pennsylvania.

Past recipients of the award include:
Catherine C. Eckel (2012) Sharon Oster (2011), Elizabeth Hoffman (2010), Elizabeth E. Bailey (2009), Anne Carter (2008), Olivia S. Mitchell (2007), Barbara Fraumeni (2006), Claudia Goldin (2005), Barbara Bergmann (2004), Robin L. Bartlett (2003), Margaret Garritsen de Vries (2002), Francine Blau (2001), Marianne Ferber (2001), Eva Mueller (2000), Sandra Ohrn Moose (1999), and Alice M. Rivlin (1998).

Add comment November 25th, 2013

Brandeis Garden Week

Brandeis Garden Week, a week full of plants and volunteering, is ending today. Brandeis Garden Week is a campus-wide initiative to increase awareness of urban agriculture and garden education.

This past week, there have been indoor garden displays in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium, the Shapiro Science Center lobby, and Goldfarb Library. The displays were a successful hit for students, and they show that even in the cold weather, we can garden inside!

About a week and a half ago, there was a bike tour of Waltham gardens, ending at Waltham Fields Community Farm where there was a bicycle-powered cider press! The event was sponsored by DeisBikes and was a great opportunity for students to enjoy the fall weather and be outside.

Last Wednesday, students went to the Waltham Fields Community Farm to spend the morning working outside in the community.

Today is Brandeis Garden Week’s final event, which is a cooking event with Sodexo cosponsored by HSSP and Brandeis Pluralism Alliance. The event is free for the students who are meal plans and $10 otherwise. If you would like to attend, it is not too late! The event is from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and you can sign up here.

As Brandeis Garden Week is ending, we are reminded not only how important and healthy it is to have locally grown foods, but also how much fun it is!

Add comment November 20th, 2013

“World War I in the Historical Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois””


On Thursday, November 21, Professor Williams from the African and Afro-American Studies Department will give a talk titled, “World War I in the Historical Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois.”” The event is held from 12:00-1:00 in the Mandel Reading Room, 303, and is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information on the Faculty Lunch Symposia.

Add comment November 19th, 2013

Día de los Muertos Celebration: Event Report

(Click on the image below for a magnified version of the report) 

Day of the Dead

Add comment November 13th, 2013

Can Self-Referencing Contribute to Memory Errors? – By Dr. Nicole Rosa


recent paper in the Journal of Gerontology by Brandeis Ph.D. program alumnus Dr. Nicole Rosa and Professor Angela Gutchess attempts to answer this question. During an interview with ElderBranch, Dr. Nicole Rosa discusses the relationship between self-referencing and false memory. For more information, please read the article on ElderBranch.

Add comment November 9th, 2013

HSSP: Putting your degree to work – two “classroom to career” events!

Greetings - The HSSP Program and the Pre-Health Society are co-sponsoring two “classroom to career” events. The goal of these events is to provide HSSP majors (and others interested in the health and health care industry) with an idea of how their degree can be “put to work” in the professional setting.

The events will be held on 11.18 and 11.20 from 7-8:30 p.m. Please see below for further details.

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Brief description for both events: These events will explore how Brandeis HSSP majors can and have put their knowledge and skills to work in professional settings, including internships and careers. We will have several “seasoned” professionals and HSSP alumni from the health and health care industry who will discuss how majors can make the most of their degree beyond Brandeis. These events are open to the entire Brandeis community. Light refreshments will be served at both events.

Event 1

Title: Putting your Degree to Work: The Intersection between HSSP and the Professional World of Health and Health Care

Date, time, and location: Monday, November 18, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., The Heller School, Room G2


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Event 2

Title: From Classroom to Career: Exploring Internship Opportunities and Career Paths in HSSP

Date, time, and location: Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room G3


Add comment November 9th, 2013

Classic Maya Bodies and Souls in Bioarchaeological Perspective

Andrew Scherer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University, will speak on November 13th from 2:00-3:30 in Brown, 316. Scherer is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya). This illustrated lecture will explore Classic Maya understandings of the self and soul from the lens of bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology. Informed by anthropological work on Maya epigraphy, iconography and ethnography Scherer will illustrate how the self and soul are essential for understanding the lived and dead body, but also many other dimensions of ancient society including cosmology, ritual practice, and the organization of Classic Maya kingdoms.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public.  For more information, please contact: Laurel Carpenter

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Add comment November 1st, 2013

Exile and Persecution: German Exiles in the Americas

Dr. Steve Whitfield from the American Studies Program will give the keynote address for the Exile and Persecution: German Exiles in the Americas conference on Wednesday, November 13th at 5:00 in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall. Professor Whitfield’s paper is titled, Weimar in Waltham: Brandeis University at the Beginning. Please click on the image below for more information.

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In the Shadow of Slavery: Rape and Mutiny at Fort Jackson, LA

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