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Northern Illinois University and DePaul University are teaming up to offer an anthropology of NGOs conference Tuesday, Nov. 19, and Wednesday, Nov. 20, at DePaul University’s Loop Campus. The purpose of this conference is to assess, define, refine and invigorate the field of NGO studies as it applies to the anthropological community. More than 130...
Marissa McGrath
Women’s Studies and anthropology alumna Marissa McGrath (2006) will return to NIU to present “Demystified: Uncovering the Women Who Shaped Our Communities,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. The event is free and open to the public. During her presentation, McGrath will discuss her small business, Good Time...
Anthropology professor Mitch Irwin, who led his first Northern Illinois University study abroad trip to Madagascar this past June, now is planning for a 2014 adventure to the island country off the southeastern coast of Africa. Judging from the experience of students this past summer, he won’t have a problem drumming up interest. But it’s...
Fragments: Haiti Four Years After the Earthquake
The earthquake in Haiti was one of the top five deadliest disasters in contemporary history, claiming more than 315,000 lives. The disaster was also one of the most widely covered events in modern history; international media attention helped raise $5.6 billion in funds in the two years following the earthquake. What happened? Where did the...
Known for her work in education and humanitarian efforts, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is scheduled to visit NIU in September, when she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
NIU will welcome royalty to campus this fall. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is scheduled to visit the university Wednesday, Sept. 18, when she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during a special ceremony at Altgeld Hall. “Her scheduled visit brings great honor to NIU,” says Deborah...
When Eric Sterling talks about activism, environmentalism and community, he is noticeably filled with enthusiasm. An anthropology student at NIU, Sterling returned to school after working 17 years as a union carpenter. Two and a half years ago, he took his first anthropology class and fell in love with the program. After he learned about...
What evidence did runaway slaves leave behind at an Underground Railroad station? What tools help an archaeologist uncover and identify that evidence? Is slavery itself an historic artifact? These are just a few of the questions posed to visitors in “Trowels and Fair Trade: Revealing the Underground Railroad and Contemporary Slavery.” This new exhibition at the...
An international team of paleontologists that includes Northern Illinois University anthropologist Dan Gebo is announcing the discovery of a nearly complete, articulated skeleton of a new tiny, tree-dwelling primate dating back 55 million years. The Eocene Epoch fossil was recovered from Hubei Province in central China. “This is the oldest primate skeleton of this quality...
Stevens Building
After years of deterioration and a dubious two-decade reign atop NIU’s capital budget request list, the Stevens Building is drawing nearer to its long-awaited transformation. Construction will begin after Jan. 1, 2014, following an environmental survey planned for early in the fall and the letting of bids in October. First, though, the two departments that...
Beyond Machu Pichu
Experience the music and dance traditions of Peru during a free performance scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Conexión Comunidad, 637 N. 11th St. in DeKalb. The Peruvian Folk Dance Center of Chicago will perform traditional dances in concert with Peruvian music played by Guitarra, Cajon y Zampona. This free community event is...
Photo of a giant panda bear
Sarah Bexell is one of very few American conservationist researchers who have had the opportunity to work on panda conservation in China at the Chengdu Panda Base. This honor is by invitation only from the Chinese government and is reserved for exceptional candidates who stand out in their fields. Bexell is just that: an exceptional...
Book cover of “Killing with Kindness” by Mark Schuller
After Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010, more than half of U.S. households donated to thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in that country. Yet we continue to hear stories of misery. Why have NGOs failed at their mission? NIU professor Mark Schuller examines that very question in his new book, “Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid,...
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