MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS Edited by Joseph Hennelly
Letter from the Chair Dr Brash’s book, Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City, which appeared last Spring, has been very well received. Dr. Davidson’s book, The Burden of Aspiration: Schools, Youth, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley was published in August. Adding to our growing list of faculty In the spring of 2012, Dr. books is Protecting Heritage Davidson will be offering an in the Caribbean co-edited upper-level course, Select- by Dr. Siegel and Elizabeth ed Topics: Anthropology of Righter. Childhood and Youth (ANTH Our students have also 414). Dr. Brash will also be been very active and prodeveloping a new Honors ductive. The Anthropology course on urbanism and globality anticipated for the Club, (now called ASoM,the Anthropological Society of 2012-13 academic year. As many of you know, the Anthropology Department has enjoyed an exhilarating and productive year. We expect the coming year will be equally as exciting. Drs. Elsa Davidson and Julian Brash joined the Department last fall, bringing new ideas, major accomplishments, and plans for new courses.
terns with the homeless in New Jersey, and documented urban folk culture in New York. Some of these and other students received Bigel Foundation Research Grants for studies ranging from forensic sciStudents have also ence to women and debeen very active in vari- velopment. If you are ous research and comnot familiar with the Anmunity service activities. toinette C. Bigel Fund, Dr. McCaffrey took a check out our webpage group of students to Pe- http:// ru to study and particichss.montclair.edu/ pate in sustainable deanthropology/ velopment and social resources/bigel/ change in the Andes. In index.html. addition to student research projects in Peru, Please keep in touch and have a great year! students worked as inMontclair) met regularly last year and provided great food and discussion. They are again meeting regularly this year on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 in Dickson Hall, room 114.
Montclair Students Travel to the Andes By Kate McCaffrey This summer, Montclair State University students enrolled in the study abroad course "Peru: Sustainable Development and Social Change," travelling to the Andean Mountain village of Vicos, Peru to learn firsthand about ecological conservation and community development. Through direct service to local communities, students worked with grassroots organizations in Peru to promote sustainable development that draws on deeprooted indigenous traditions and modern development practices. The trip was challenging. Vicos lies near the top of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, with peaks over 22,000 feet. Campesinos there have adapted to
the extremely rugged terrain and thin air, far different from sea-level New Jersey. We hiked a lot and there wasn’t much oxygen. Our homestays were with subsistence farmers who ate what they grew. Consequently, we adopted an Andean diet that depended heavily on the 185 different varieties of potatoes. After a few days, though, a potato pretty much tastes like a potato and we ate them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This gave us a new understanding of what it means to eat locally and organic.Our service project took us to the Vicos secondary school where the Quechua speaking school children are taught exclusively in Spanish. Our job was to teach English. The Vicos (continued on page 2)
Above: student Guerline Macenat during her trip to Peru.
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Andes continued students were extremely disciplined and curious. We enjoyed playing competitive number games, bingo, and Simon Says with them. We entertained the children with the Hokey Pokey, but were unable to persuade them to join the strange spectacle of tall strangers wagging their legs. Here are some observations from several of the MSU students who participated in the trip: Katherine Milsop Teaching English at the local school allowed us to interact with kids, but it also strengthened our connections within the community. While I knew it was going to be in a rural area, I had expected it to look more like an American high school. I was surprised by how sparse and dilapidated some of the classrooms were. The kids were energetic and extremely curious about us, but very sweet for the most part. The military-esque marching in the mornings around the yard was a bit strange, but perhaps the school administrators feel that it provides a sense of structure and order. I found the behavior of the girls especially interesting. Most of them are very shy and they cover their mouths with their hands or their braids when they giggle. The boys were more outgoing and very physical with each other; whether they were pushing one boy into the blackboard, or hanging around affectionately with their arms around one another. Many of them live in small houses with several siblings. It seems like mothers carry their babies (and even toddlers) everywhere on their backs wrapped up in blankets. In the classroom, the boys sit separately from the girls. It appears that the separation of gender carries over into adult social life as well. Guerline Macenat As we hiked about a mile down the mountain, I could only think to myself how Above: Dr. McCaffrey with much the Vicosinos must value education. The students get up about 6:00 a.m. to Katherine Milsop and two trek down the frigid rocky mountain with books strapped to their backs. The children Peruvian students. were well groomed and their uniform attire was pressed and clean. When we entered the classroom I really didn't know what to expect. As soon as I walked in, I sensed that several of the students were staring at me and giggling. I really didnâ€™t think much of it, but it was very obvious that they probably never saw a black woman before. What would a black person being doing in the mountains of Vicos, Peru? I know from readings that Africans were brought here as slaves during the Spanish Conquest; there was nothing that indicated blacks traveled into the indigenous areas, but rather they resided more in the city of Lima. During a mini recess, a couple of girls surrounded me asking me questions about my hair and touching it (I thought it was funny and cute). They apparently had never seen African hair braiding style. Manuel, one of our guides in Vicos, said the same thing and was interested in my hair and where my parents were from. This experience of race and ethnicity was really interesting to me, and I am glad my visit brought some insight on other races and ethnicity out in the world. Malgorzata Smerdel In Vicos we enjoyed the feast and celebration of Pachamama (Earth Mother) which gave praise to the earth for the crops and animals it provides. Farmers grow plants such as tubers, quinoa, barley, wheat, corn, potato, and many others. During the Pachamama ceremony, participants created a pit out of rock and ground. They marinated meat in herbs, wrapped it up in leaves, and tossed about fifteen different varieties of potatoes to the mix that the families cultivated. The festivities were paired with flute and drum playing. The men enjoyed chewing coca leaves in a circle to nurture mutual friendships for the year to come. The festival was in honor of the earth mother, the coca, Left: Malgorzata community, and the tourist. This struck me as sort of funny. Smerdel and At first I thought it was a ridiculous gesture and a bit two Peruvian conforming to tourist needs of acknowledging their existence students. in the world. But I came to realize that the community is involved with the Vicos tourist project and must think this is a part of the survival for the families involved. The Vicosinos nurture and pay tribute to everything that Mother earth touches. I guess we tourists contribute to the community in a way.
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Congratulations! Bigel Award winners
2011 Lambda Alpha inductees
Jessica Mulcahy: Student Field Research in Forensics, Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania Jennifer Hennion: Internship at City Lore, New York City Malgorzata Smerdel: Summer International Service-Learning Course, Peru: Sustainable Development and Social Change Katherine Milsop: Summer International Service-Learning Course, Peru: Sustainable Development and Social Change Staci Borowsky: Cultural Minority: Examining Attitudes towards the Deaf
Anthony Michael Marrone Hillary Edelson Heather Nicole Altschuler Katherine A. Milsop Jessica Feygin Jennifer Hennion Megan Kearney Melany Lazo
Left: Jennifer Hennion presents her internship experiences.
Right: student Jessica Feygin being inducted into Lambda Alpha with Dr. Gerber.
Alumni Profile: Jacqui Gifuni, Class of 2011 After spending two weeks in Bali, learning how to surf and touring temples, recent graduate, Jacqui Gifuni, began an internship at the Covenant House, NJ. More specifically, she worked in the Newark Crisis center as a development intern, working directly under the Development Manager/Volunteer Coordinator, Janette Scrozzo. Covenant House New Jersey is an agency dedicated to serving homeless youth and suffering children of the street. Her internship at Covenant House consists of networking with neighboring communities, letting them know of the organization’s presence and about the kind of work they do, and how they can help. Presently, she is setting up a list of contacts in Montclair to let them know of Nancy's Place, CHNJ's house for mentally ill homeless youth. She also plans to outreach to MSU organizations and Service Learning programs to speak about possible junctions for the future. At the end of her internship, Jacqui applied for and was hired as the new Development Associate in the Crisis Center in Newark. Her job is to provide daily administrative assistance and project support to the Newark-based Development Team. She provides support for special events, such as Party on Park and Night of Broadway Stars as well as support in the execution of grant applications. In her own words, she has “fallen in love with the work we do at Covenant House…” and will be applying for graduate school to continue her education in Public Health with a concentration in Women and Children.
ANTHROPOLOGY NEWS Faculty News Dr. Julian Brash’s new book, Bloomberg’s New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City was published this past spring by the University of Georgia Press. The book focuses on the role of corporate personnel and practices in the administration of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examining how the administration's private-sector inspired approach to governance shaped debates over urban and economic development. Starting in November, Dr. Brash will serve as President for the Society of North American Anthropology. Dr. Ken Brook and Dr. Todd Kelshaw completed their three year commitment to team- teaching: “Democracy in America,” an interdisciplinary, GNED 202 National Issues course. This past semester, the course required 130+ students, working in ten person teams, to complete five weeks of service-learning at local agencies serving the needs of politically marginal and economically vulnerable people. Using flip cameras, each team was responsible for producing a ten minute documentary of each team member’s experiences and a reflective discussion about the agency’s role in a democratic society. Small clips of the various videos can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/26977563 Dr. Elsa Davidson's book, The Burdens of Aspiration: Youth, Schools, and Success in the Divided Social Worlds of Silicon Valley (New York University Press), was published in late July. She was recently invited to present her research on young people’s engagement with normative models of success at a conference, “Multiple Childhoods/Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Interrogating Normativity in Childhood Studies” at Rutgers University Camden (May 20, 2011). She will chair and participate in a panel at the upcoming American Anthropological Association meetings entitled, "Future-Focused: Identities, Communities, and Potentialities in the Contemporary United States." Dr. Julie Farnum has been working to expand online and hybrid teaching in our department. Dr. Farnum is working on a new hybrid version of ANTH 414 Health and Healing in the Ancient World, which will hopefully become a new permanent course in the department under its own number. She is also working on a paper about cranial surgery in ancient Peru. Dr. Elaine Gerber presented a paper at the Society for Disability Studies conference in San Jose, CA entitled, "Cultural Citizenship Thru Protest: Using Social Networks To Drive Inclusion" At this time of financial "austerity" and potential life-threatening budget cuts to needed social services, including Medicare, the conference organizers put together an extraordinary program of academics and activists for the timely theme, “From Disability Rights to Disability Justice.” Dr. Katherine McCaffrey curated an exhibition in Vieques, Puerto Rico with photographer and video artist Bonnie Donohue of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The show, entitled “Killing Mapepe: Sex and Death in Cold War Vieques,” will run through November 27 at the Museo Fortin Conde de Mirasol. In addition, Dr. McCaffrey led an international service learning class in Peru. She will present a paper on the experience at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Montreal this fall. Dr. Andrew Maxwell served as an external reviewer for Qualitative Sociology journal and for the 10th edition of Cultural Anthropology, by Serena Nanda & Richard L. Warms. Dr. Fran Rothstein conducted fieldwork in New Jersey over the summer as part of her long term research on Mexican migration to the United States. She revised a paper for inclusion in an edited collection on migration. She will present a paper, “June Nash and the Gendering of Political Economy,” at an invited session organized by the AAA Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology in Montreal. Dr. Peter Siegel’s new book, Protecting Heritage in the Caribbean (co-edited with Elizabeth Righter) is currently in press at the University of Alabama Press. Dr. Siegel was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to travel to Leiden University in the Netherlands in spring 2012. There he will join the archaeology faculty to research and lecture on the evolution of religion and political organization in the Pre-Columbian Caribbean. Dr. Siegel is also leading a team of environmental scientists and archaeologists addressing historical ecology/paleoecology over 7,000 years of human occupations in the Caribbean. This research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society. Dr. Neeraj Vedwan recently contributed a number of articles including “Ecological Imperialism” and “Wilderness Based Education” to the SAGE Encyclopedia of Green Issues and Debates. Currently, he is working on an essay on climate change and local knowledge for Mountain Research and Development Journal. He is advising two doctoral students in the Earth and Environmental Studies Department. One of them is working on Arsenic remediation in the Gangetic basin in India, while the other's research is based on environmental justice and environmental education in Newark. Anthropology Department Dickson Hall Montclair State University
Chair, Dr. Frances Rothstein Phone: 973-655-3317 http://chss.montclair.edu/ anthropology