2017 Armenian Harvest Festival Celebrates Armenian Cultural Heritage

2017_Armenian_festivalThe Norian Armenian Programs at UCONN presents the 2017 Armenian Fall Harvest Festival. The festivities this year will be held on Saturday, September 23 between 12pm and 6pm at the Nathan Hale Inn. The Festival this year will feature a lecture on film making and Armenian cinema by Arsen Bagdasaryan, the Film Commissioner of Armenia at 3pm followed by reception. Other activities include a concert of traditional Armenian music by the Huyser Music Ensemble, as well as two workshops on The Art of Rug Weaving by Hayk Oltaci, and The Making of Armenian String Cheese, by Maggie Stepanian.

This event open to all members of the UCONN community, friends, and family. To RSVP, please visit

This event is sponsored by UCONN’s Norian  Armenian Programs, Global Affairs, and School of Social Work.



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UCONN’s Strong Participation in the SAA 82nd Annual Meeting

Fourteen of our faculty, graduate students, and research affiliates will be participating in the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology and the Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. These concurrent meetings wil be held March 28 through April 2, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. This includes 8 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations. Click here for more information including names, time and location, titles, and abstracts.

Richard Wilson named visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Wilson for being named a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation. Richard Wilson is a Professor of Anthropology and Law at UCONN. Dr. Wilson will begin his one-year fellowship next fall. He will focus on a project on inciting speech and hate speech in the United States and the Balkans.


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Upcoming Event on Moral Injury After War

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood and decorated veteran Joseph Brett will speak in an event entitled “Moral Injury after War: Remembrance, Recovery, and Reconciliation.” This event is in conjunction with two ongoing exhibitions co-curated by anthropology graduate student Jordan Kiper at the Dodd Center. This event will be held on February 27th at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center between 5:00 and 7:30 PM, where David Wood will also be signing his book What Have we Done: the Moral Injury of our Longest Wars.





William Farley Accepts Offer of Tenure-Track Position at SCSU

Congratulations to our very own soon-to-be-doctor William Farley, who has accepted the offer of a tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University! Bill is an archaeologist specializing in archaeobotany. His research focuses on subsistence among ancient Native American populations of Connecticut. Bill will begin his new position in Fall 2017.


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Jordan Kiper’s Two Exhibits on Veterans & Yugoslav Wars

Anthropology Department’s graduate student, Jordan Kiper is co-curator of two exhibits coming this spring to UCONN:

Legacy of Veteran Expressions after War
Each veteran’s life tells a story and every veteran leaves a legacy. This exhibit is a tribute to veterans whose legacy is/was an expression of the challenges they experienced as veterans after war. From the more commonly known post-traumatic stress disorder—or the more recently developed terms of moral injury or moral wounds—to the simple fact of coming to terms with war, veterans’ experiences are profound. Many find expression through visual art, poetry, stories, songs, protests, and, for most, helping one another heal. This exhibition will run through February 28th.

Recovery and Reconciliation After the Yugoslav Wars
Often describing themselves as the forgotten, ex-fighters of the Yugoslav Wars struggle for rights and social securities in their respective societies. The purpose of this exhibit is to give voice to a small set of these ex-fighters who are working to help one another, improve the civic discourse of their society, or achieve reconciliation. Like many veterans worldwide, their messages are aimed at those who have not experienced armed conflict. They speak to the challenge of recovering from wounds—physical, mental, and moral—and avoiding the inevitable losses of war. This exhibition will run through March 14th.

Opening night for both exhibits is Friday, February 10th, 2007 at the Dodd Center from 4pm to 6pm.




Obituary: Roy D’Andrade, UCONN Emeritus Professor of Anthropology

Roy D’Andrade, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at UCONN passed away on October 20, 2016 at the age of 85. Dr. D’Andrade was a cultural anthropologist and a founder of cognitive anthropology. According to his obituary published on the website of the American Anthropological Association, Dr. D’Andrade was a prolific scholar and “a leading contributor to formal analysis of terminological systems but later recognized that these analyses were inadequate to represent cultural understandings, paving the way for the richer studies of meanings in cultural models analysis.” Our thoughts are with his friends and family.


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Eleanor Ouimet’s Research in Japan Featured in UCONN Today

Anthropology Professor in Residence Eleanor Ouimet is member of an interdisciplinary team of UCONN professors who traveled to Japan to investigate natural disasters, namely tsunamis, and their aftermath from a number of angles. Their research has been featured in an article on UConn Today.


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