Central States Anthropological Society Conference 2014

Along with Dr. Gearhart, professor of anthropology, four anthropology students will be presenting original research at the 2014 CSAS Conference:

Complimentary Medicine in Bloomington-Normal: Findings from Ethnographic Research Conducted in a Medical Anthropology Course

1. Rebecca Gearhart (Illinois Wesleyan University), Connecting Students to Non-Western Healers: Exploring “Medicine” in Global and Local Contexts

2. Elizabeth Sanders (Illinois Wesleyan University), The Body’s Best Healer: Finding Personal Balance and Health with Energy Medicine

3. Peterson, Nora (Illinois Wesleyan), The Sacred Journey: Integrating Native American Cosmology in Expressive Art Therapy in the Treatment of Young Women with Eating Disorders

4. KiriLi Stauch (Illinois Wesleyan University)Building Rapport: Strengthening the Client and Healing Touch Practitioner Relationship Through Preparation, Boundaries, and Limitation

5 . Karen Thul (Illinois Wesleyan University), Massage Therapy: How the Client and Healer Relationship Promotes Physical, Emotional, and Psychological Healing



Anthropology Club members (pictured with Professor Gearhart and Professor Springwood) competed in the Anthro Bowl at the opening night activities for the 2014 CSAS Conference 



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Lambda Alpha

Congratulations to Meredith Beard, the latest initiate into the gamma chapter of Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society!

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Anthropology Students in Action




Friday, February 7th: Students participated in Inipi ceremony at Seven Circles Heritage Sight in Edwards, IL


Friday, February 21st – Saturday, February 22nd: Four anthropology students presented in the panel, Challenging the Biomedical Paradigm: Conflict & Identity among Complementary Healers in Bloomington-Normal, with Dr. Gearhart at the Student Research Workshop on Human Rights in the Liberal Arts

2014 Workshop Program


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Upcoming Event: Inipi Ceremony

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An inipi ceremony, a type of sweat lodge, is a Lakota purification ceremony.
If interested in participating in this great opportunity, please contact Professor Gearhart directly at rgearhar@iwu.edu

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Information for Spring Semester 2014

Meeting Time:

Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in Underground



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Upcoming Campus Events of Interest

Hunger Banquet, Thursday, November 21st at 5:30

Tickets are $5 and will be sold 11/12-11/14 and 11/18-11/21 in the Dugout

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Anthropology Colloquium

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John Comaroff (Professor of African and African American Studies and Anthropology, Harvard University)


Thursday, October 31st
4:00 p.m.“How Europe and America Are Evolving Towards Africa”
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library
Anthropology Colloquium
5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Reception with Faculty & Students
Beckman Foyer, Ames Library
7:00 p.m. “Ethnicity, Inc.”
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library
General Talk

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Homecoming Events Related to Anthropology

  Friday, Oct. 11th

2 – 2:50 p.m. “Ones and Zeros: Cultural Considerations in the Era of Big Data & Analytics” by Outstsanding Young Alumnus, Chad Maxwell (Anthropology Alumnus, 2002) Beckman Aud. Ames Library

3 – 3:30 p.m. “Seeing Race in a Colorblind Society” by Dr. Meghan Burke (Assistant Professor of Sociology) Beckman Aud. Ames Library

Saturday, Oct. 12th

Department Wine & Cheese Party. 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.  CLA 2nd Floor Reading Room with honored guests: Loyalty Award Recipient, Alice Fairchild Heath (Sociology Alumna, 1952) and  Outstsanding Young Alumnus, Chad Maxwell (Anthropology Alumnus, 2002)

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Gathering of Veterans Powwow 2013

Students from the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Healing, Birthing, Dying courses, as well as students from Anthro Club, attended the Gathering of  Veterans Powwow at Seven Circles Heritage Center on Saturday, September 21st, 2013.

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Members of the healing class met with Margo Danger, a hollow bones healer

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Students helped facilitate a child’s village, featuring an authentic tipi, a dream catcher building station, and a walking stick decorating station

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Students enjoy a break for lunch

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As the guests of honor, veterans are celebrated in the dance circle

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Students observed and participated in the dance circle

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Marty Stomping Elk, a pipe carrier and fire keeper, taught students about the Spirit Fire and the Pipe Ceremony


For more information about 7 Circles Heritage Center you can visit their website: http://www.7circles.org/

*Photos were taken by Professor Gearhart

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Updates from 9/19 Meeting

Members of Anthro Club will be meeting up tonight at 6:15 to go out to dinner at Puran. Meet at Young Main Desk at 6:15 if you are interested in coming along or contact Nora Peterson for more details.

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