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Inaugural Multiple Dimensions of Inequality lecture flyer

Inaugural Multiple Dimensions of Inequality lecture

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is starting a new annual lecture series Fall 2023. The aim of the lecture series is to name and confront the multiple dimensions of inequality (race/ethnicity/class/gender/sexual orientation/etc.), so that we might collectively enroot deeper understandings of this complex and pressing problem. Such an understanding is a necessary precondition for meaningful political engagement, and as a public university, NMU has an obligation to host the conversation. 

Our inaugural lecture will take place Thursday, October 19th, 7-9pm in Jamrich 1322: Dr. Meghan McCune (NMU Anthropology) will deliver a talk titled Who Has Been "Disrupted?": Haudenosaunee Land Rights In New York State Eighteen Years After City of Sherrill.

The inaugural lecture will dovetail with the new Social Justice concentration within the Sociology Major.


North Central Sociological Association Paper Competition

North Central Sociological Association Paper Competition

Any undergraduate or graduate students interested in receiving recognition and a cash prize? Submit a research paper to the North Central Sociological Association paper competition for a chance to receive recognition and a cash prize at the 2023 NCSA Annual Meeting.

For more information about the Presidents Competition for Undergraduate Students: https://www.ncsanet.org/students/presidents-competition/ 

For more information about the Seidler Competition for Graduate Students: https://www.ncsanet.org/students/seidler-competition/ 

**Deadline to submit abstract: Nov. 21, 2022

**Deadline to submit completed research papers: Dec. 20, 2022


Taphonomy Facility Administrators Conference

Taphonomy Facility Administrators Conference Public Symposium & Discussion

Date: October 6th, 2022

Time: 1:00pm

Location: In-person Harden Hall LRC 109 OR virtual options are available

Join the Anthropology department for a public symposium of representatives from the decomposition and taphonomy facilities across the country as they discuss their facilities and programs. A question & answer session will follow the presentations. 

Registrar for no fee HERE 

**Seating is limited


NMU Archaeology Field School Summer 2023

Field School Summer 2023

Dates: May 20 - June 17

Location: Beaver Island, MI

NMU Archaeology presents summer 2023 field school at Beaver Island, MI. This 4 week, 6 credit course offers students the chance to explore the island and learn field and lab methods, surveying, mapping, and excavation techniques. During the weeks, students will stay in CMU's cabins, dorms or campground with access to the state of the art biological station, cafeteria, and lodge.

Registration: Go to NMU Archaeology Facebook page or www.nmu.edu/sociologyandanthropology/ or call 906-227-2706

Fee: TBD includes room & board, food, roundtrip ferry ride, island transportation, and research/lab space. 

***$500 scholarships available for all NMU students***


Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D

Grief Education Speaker Series: Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Department of Social Work  

Cost: Free to all NMU faculty, staff, students, and the general public. 

Time: February 23rd, 6pm- 7:30pm 

Title: Individual and Collective Grieving in the COVID Era and Beyond; exploring the unique issues that COVID 19 is likely to have on both individuals and society. It creates an array of losses that is likely to lead to a "shadow pandemic" of complicated grief. The presentation explores strategies for assisting mourners and addresses the possibilities of post-traumatic growth. 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kenneth J. Doka is a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America.  He has authored over 40 books and over a 100 articles. Dr. Doka has extensive experience in the area of grief, is a prolific author and speaker, providing keynoted addresses throughout North America as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has appeared on CNN and Nightline. Dr. Doka was elected President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 1993. The association presented him with an Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education in 1998, Significant Contributions to the Field of Thanatology in 2014, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement  presented him with the coveted Herman Feifel Award.


Doug Smith, MDiv, MA, MS

Grief Education Speaker Series: Doug Smith, MDiv, MA, MS  

Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Department of Social Work  

Cost: Free to all NMU faculty, staff, students, and the general public. 

Doug Smith, MDiv, MA, MS  

Time: March 16th, 6- 7:30 pm 

Title: "Different Ways of Grieving, Different Ways of Healing"   
When it comes to grieving, we all respond in different ways: some emotionally, some cognitively, some through actions. In this presentation, we will look at how to focus on people's strengths and expectations, match tools and techniques for the particular person, realizing that we all grieve differently, and heal differently. 

Speaker Bio: Doug Smith has been the lead instructor for the University of Wisconsin’s Grief Support Specialist Certification Program for the past five years, which has trained over 700 professionals in 39 states and 14 countries. He has conducted extensive grief training workshops in all 50 states and internationally. He published eight books on the topic related to death and grief. He also has extensive personal experiences related to grie


Erica Srinivasan

Grief Education Speaker Series: Erica Srinivasan, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Department of Social Work  

Cost: Free to all NMU faculty, staff, students, and the general public. 

Title: Supporting Grieving Students and Communities      

Grief and loss are universal experiences, yet we don’t often discuss them. In this presentation, learn about best practices for working with grief, including education about various types of losses and grief reactions, such as disenfranchised grief and ambiguous loss, and coping approaches.  

Speaker Bio: Erica is an associate professor of psychology at UW-La Crosse where she also serves as a co-chair for the gerontology emphasis and as the director for the Center for Grief and Death Education, helping to organize the International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference. Additionally, she is an instructor of the UW-Madison Grief Support Specialist Program.