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Carl Lawrence, a Cultural Anthropology major, was awarded a Fulbright Student Research Grant

Friday, May 1, 2015
Carl is one of only two Duke undergraduates to be awarded a Fulbright undergraduate student research grant his year.  His project "Engaging Alternatives in South African Medical Education: A Study of the Hidden Curriculum" will examine the informal messages conveyed at South African medical... Read More »

Eric Oberstein is a star behind the scenes

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Instruments of destiny can take many forms. For Eric Oberstein, it was an audience-response card filled out at a concert. In the fall of 2007, Oberstein was in New York as a Columbia University graduate student after earning his undergraduate degree at Duke. He went to a show by the Afro... Read More »

Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Orin Starn is the editor of a new book from Duke University Press, Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology, which features essays by Duke professors Anne Allison and Charles Piot.  The book grew out of a Duke Cultural Anthropology-sponsored conference several years ago; its others... Read More »

Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collaboration Shows Promise in Liberia

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Global Health and Cultural Anthropology faculty member Brandon Kohrt has published an article in the American Journal of Public Health, about a successful collaboration between law enforcement and mental health workers in Liberia. A news story on Duke Global Health Institute's web site... Read More »

Cultural Anthropology major Lauren Blazing named ACC Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Duke redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year and leads the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford. Blazing, a cultural anthropology and political science... Read More »

Scholar Spotlight: Zack Fowler

Monday, February 2, 2015
Benjamin N. Duke Scholar Zack Fowler '16 has devoted his time at Duke to improving educational access, both in Durham through Duke SPLASH and in Muhuru Bay, Kenya through WISER.  

Allison Book Honored by American Ethnological Society

Monday, October 13, 2014
Cultural Anthropology Professor Anne Allison's book "Precarious Japan" has received honorable mention honors in the annual American Ethnological Society's (AES) Senior Book Prize. Published by Duke University Press, the book explores Japanese experiences of job insecurity and isolation amid a... Read More »

Cultural Anthropology students participate in Hunger Strike

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
A small group of Duke students enrolled in PhD programs, including Cultural Anthropology graduate students, are on a hunger strike, hoping to raise awareness about Kobani—an area at the border of Turkey and Syria—that is currently being targeted by ISIS rebels. The students deplore the lack of... Read More »

Selfie Militarism

Friday, May 23, 2014
In late April, an amateur video of Israeli army aggression in the occupied West Bank began to circulate online. The content was neither new nor surprising: a soldier shoving, kicking and pointing his gun at unarmed Palestinian teenagers in Hebron’s old city. What was new, however, was the form and... Read More »

Anne Allison Precarious Japan

Friday, May 23, 2014
“[All] I want to eat is a rice ball.” This was the last entry in the diary of a 52-year-old man who starved to death in an apartment he had occupied for 20 years. His is just one of many voices of the precarity of everyday life and death that populate Anne Allison’s new ethnography of pain,... Read More »

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