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Sarah Hautzinger Publishes Three New Articles

Prof. Sarah Hautzinger recently contributed and published three new articles in War and Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan edited by Catherine Lutz and Andrea Mazzarino, Women Policing Across the Globe: Shared Challenges and Successes in the Integration of Women Police Worldwide edited by Cara Rabe-Hemp and Vanessa Garcia, and Discussing Empathy and Critique in the Ethnography of Things Military: A Conversation - co-authored with Sebastian Mohr,Birgitte Refslund Sørensen, Matti Weisdorf, Eyal Ben-Ari, Kevin McSorley, Jean Scandlyn & Zoë Wool in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.

Prof. Hautzinger co-authored the article in War and Health, titled 'It's Not Okay' War's Toll on Health Brought Home to Communities and Environments with Jean Scandlyn, Professor of Anthropology and University of Colorado Denver. Prof. Hautzinger's second article in Women Policing Across the Globe, titled Responding to Crime Victims and Community Needs: Nongendered versus Specialized Women's Units can be read here. Her article in Ethnos can be read here.


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Language of Racism Symposium Webpage

Although the Language of Racism Symposium is postponed. Scholarly presentations are available online.

Language of Racism Symposium webpage

Check out the Anthropology Department Newsletter!

Past Issues:
Volume 3 Issue 1

Speaker Series

Next Lecture:


Past Lectures:

Block 3: Dr. Christina Leza - Indigenous Soul in Search of Healing: Radical Hip Hop at the Border (Featuring music by Shining Soul and Azlan Underground)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, 12:15 PM

Dr. Christina Leza is a Linguistic Anthropologist and the Colorado College Anthropology Department Chair. Dr. Leza recently published Divided Peoples: Policy, Activism, and Indigenous Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Block 2: Dr. Steve Whittington - The Mapa de Teozacoalco and its Relationship with a Mixtec Kingdom in Oaxaca, Mexico

Monday, October 7th, 2019, 12:15 pm

Barnes Science Center, Room 407

Dr. Whittington is an Anthropologist and Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, CO. His research has included work in Honduras, Guatemala, and southern Mexico.

Block 1: Myra L Jackson - Response-Abilities in the Anthropocene: From Sustainable Development Goals to the Rights-of-Nature Movement

Monday, September 9th, 2019, 12:15 pm

Barnes Science Center, Room 407

Myra L Jackson is Senior Advisor on Whole Earth Civics and Focal Point on Climate Change; she works with the Geoversiv Foundation, is a UN Representative, an Expert on the UN Harmony with Nature Platform, and A Block 1 & 2 Visiting Instructor at Colorado College.

Block 7: Tao Liu. The Rise and Fall of Civil Society in Contemporary China: A Thirty-Year Long March.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:30 P.M.

Worner Center WES Room

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are believed to be an essential part of civil society, and are considered to play a crucial role in making a democratic regime. They are supposed to empower people and encourage mass. However, certain countries, mainly in Latin America and Asia, have had significant growth of NGOs but not yet made great progress in terms of transition towards democracy. This talk examines the brief history of NGOs in contemporary China and argues that 'civil society' is not only a term of 'value neutrality' but also a narrative and interpretation that shape and mobilize the movement of NGOs in China. Light dinner will be served. All are welcome.

A bio of the speaker:

Mr. Tao Liu is the founder and CEO of New Austral Institute of Social Development (NAISD). The NAISD is one of the leading NGOs working to progress the knowledge and action of civil society in southern China. Especially, NAISD is focusing on linking NGO practices with anthropological research. NAISD is also running a well-recommended summer school that provides training on the ethnographical research methods for junior NGO workers.

Before he came to NAISD, Mr. Tao lectured on Sociology and Social Research Methods in the Social Work Department of Beijing Normal University (Zhuhai) for four years. He holds a PhD candidateship in Anthropology of Development at University of Sussex (UK), a MA in Sociology at University of Warwick (UK) and a LLM in Law at Beijing Normal University (China). Apart from his job at NAISD, Mr. Tao also serves as the tutor of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and columnist with Social Observe.

Mr. Tao's research interest is mainly focused on civil society in contemporary China. To explore the history of NGOs in China before and after 1949, he argues that there is a paradigm shift on the NGO industry in China. To understand this paradigm shift, one might not only explore the state-society relationship in contemporary China, but also explore the structure-agency relationship within the arena of NGO industry. Thus, while current debate on Chinese NGOs mainly focuses on the dichotomous opposition of NGOs and government, one might shed light on the role of different stakeholders within NGOs per se.

Block 6: Anna Cordova. Perpetuating Colonialism: A Critical View of the Archaeology of Indigenous Lives in North America.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:15 P.M.

Barnes Science Center #407

Join this block's public lecture with Archaeologist Anna Cordova at 12:15p.m. in Barnes 407 on Thursday, March 9. Anna is the Lead Archaeologist with City of Colorado Springs. She will be giving a talk on "Perpetuating Colonialism: A Critical View of the Archaeology of Indigenous Lives in North America".

Archaeology has conventionally been viewed as a study of the past. Information about past cultures is gleaned through the excavation and analysis of artifacts, features, and human remains. However, the harsh truth about American archaeology is that its foundations are fundamentally biased and stem from a colonial mindset based in regressive imperialism. Archaeology and anthropology have impacted American Indians in deep and profound ways. Though many of these impacts have been negative, there have been more recent efforts by both indigenous people and archaeologists to push for a decolonization of archaeological thought and practice. I will discuss the history of North American archaeology, the ways in which it affects modern American Indian people, and the necessity and benefits of incorporating the knowledge and concerns of these groups in the practice of archaeology. All are welcome.

Block 5: Shining Soul Hip Hop Group. Conversation on Solidarity in Racial Justice Activism.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

Loomis Lounge

Join our special event with U.S.-Mexico Border Activist Hip Hop Group "Shining Soul" at 7pm in Loomis Lounge on Thursday, Feb 9. The first night talk is open to all CC students, staff and faculty called "Conversation on Solidarity in Racial Justice Activism." Then there will be a concert taking place in Packard Performance Hall at 7 pm on the next day, Friday, Feb 10. CC student spoken word artists will start the show, followed the performance by the hip hop group, Shining Soul. All are welcome and dinner will be provided.

Block 4: Dr. Marina Cunin Borer, Colorado State University-Pueblo. The Diverse Experiences of Military Spouses: From Their Own Words.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:15pm-1:45pm,

Barnes Science Center #407

Dr. Marina Cunin will present an overview of her research to date on military spouses and their various experiences. Based on individual and group interviews, as well as using traditional fieldwork methods, the research highlights the diversity of groups within that particular population and explores definitions of 'military spouse' through the words of spouses themselves. It is suggested that these two areas are particularly significant when considering policies and services aimed at providing assistance for the array of issues affecting the military spouse community.

(Lunch will be served at noon)

We Still Live Here (and two animated short films) Screening

Screening of Steven Paul Judd and Ryan Redcorn's First Contact and Uncivil History's The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened at 6:30, followed by a screening of We Still Live Here. Discussion to follow screenings.

Thursday, November 21st, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cornerstone Screening Room
Co-soponsored by Indigenous Studies and Anthropology

Ixcanul Film Screening

Screening of Ixcanul at 6:30 in the Cornerstone Screening Room. Faculty and student panel discussion on Latinx Indigeneity and immigration following the screening.

Thursday, October 24th th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cornerstone Screening Room
Co-soponsored by Indigenous Studies and Anthropology

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Join us before the screening of Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) for food and cultural sharing with the CC and Colorado Springs Indigenous Community. Screening of Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) at 6:30 in the Cornerstone Screening Room.

Thursday, October 10th, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Cornerstone Main Space & Screening Room
Co-soponsored by Indigenous Studies and Anthropology

Language Healers Film Screening

Screening of Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho': Language Healers, with preview material on popular films dubbed in Navajo and Quechua, and two Indigenous Language short films before screening. Discussion with Linguistic Anthropologist Rebecca Wood and Lakota Language teacher Gwen Holmes following the screening.

Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Cornerstone Screening Room
Co-soponsored by Indigenous Studies and Anthropology

Pipelines and Prejudice: from Dakota Access to Atlantic Coast Pipeline - from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Monday, April 3, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

Worner WES Room

Join Mac Legerton's talk on "Pipelines and Prejudice: from Dakota Access to Atlantic Coast Pipeline - from Fossil Fuels to Renewables."

Meditation Teaching: "Contemplation in Action: The Role and Power of Meditation in Individual and Social Transformation"

Open to Public

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

Sacred Grounds Coffee House

The Meditation Teaching with Mac Legerton on April 4 starting at 5pm at the Sacred Grounds Coffee House.

Girl Power: Ladies lead in the lemurs of Madagascar

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

Join Professor Patricia Wright, a well-known primatologist & anthropologist's public lecture on Thursday at 7:30pm in Olin Lecture Hall 1 (Under FishBall). Wright has made major contributions in the biology, ecology, conservation, and behavior of living primates, especially the Malagasy lemurs. Power dynamics are at the core of all group living, and are the foundation of politics. In decades where only chimpanzees and baboons were followed in the wild, it was believed that male dominance was "the rule" in the primate order, and this structure seemed to fit the human paradigm. However, beginning in the 1960s, Alison Jolly and Alison Richard observed that this primate "rule" was reversed on the island of Madagascar, and female lemurs took charge of decision making, while males placidly followed. In this lecture Wright will explore the dynamics of female power, using her thirty years of observing lemur behavior in the rainforest to explain how systems and politics change when females rule. She will review how growing up female in a lemur society contrasts with a male dominant society, and propose some lessons we can learn from the lemurs.

Graduate Focus Session with Professor Sarah Hautzinger & Professor Scott Ingram

Open to CC students, faculty, and staffs

Friday, February 3, 2017, 1:30 p.m-2:30 p.m

Professor Sarah Hautzinger and Assistant Professor Scott Ingram will be leading this session, sharing their experiences on graduate studies, providing suggestions on application process, and answering any questions you may have. We would like to invite our major&minors, anthropology students, and particularly seniors who might have wanted to apply to graduate programs to join us.

Ethnography Panel

Reserved for anthropology people first.

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 12:30 P.M-1:30 P.M.

As anthropology students and scholars, "ethnography" might be one of the words that we use the most. So what does it exactly mean in various contexts? On Thursday starting at 12:30pm, we will have four professors from different departments join the conversation: Sarah Hautzinger (Anthropology), Christina Leza (Anthropology), Nadia Guessous (Feminist & Gender Studies), and Devaka Premawardhana (Religion). They will share a bit about their experiences, identities, epiphanies and lessons related to fieldwork and ethnography. Lunch will be provided.

Past Events

Last updated: 01/19/2021