The Undergraduate Anthropology Club seeks to provide undergraduates at the University of Minnesota with the opportunity to explore the fields of anthropology beyond the classroom setting. The club also serves as a resource for anthropology students, who can find information about classes, help with homework, and meet other students who share similar interests.
The anthropology club holds weekly meetings, where we are regularly joined by faculty and graduate speakers who answer questions and share “tales from the field." The club also hosts graduate school and internship application information sessions, movie nights, and other activities, such as a tour of Lakewood cemetery led by folklorist and undergraduate adviser Peter Harle. Members also participate
in a number of department activities, such as the annual Paleo Picnic, where we craft stone tools and then use them to process an animal. We also volunteer in the community; this includes our annual participation in Como Zoo’s Halloween ZooBoo.
The main club event is the annual Undergraduate Anthropology Conference, the oldest of its kind in the nation. This past year’s theme was “The Anthropology of Death," featuring prominent New York folklorist Ilana Harlow, Rebecca Wilson of the University of Tennessee Forensic Research Institute, and our very own Jean Langford. Presentations focused on a variety of topics such as corpse animation pranks, chimp violence, suicide, forensics, interpretation of grave goods, photographs of the dead, and zombies. Among the goals of the conference is to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to present their own research in an academic setting outside the classroom.
The club is a fantastic way to get involved and find a community here at the University. Students from all subfields of anthropology come together to form a dynamic group of individuals with diverse interests and a common purpose. We will be hosting an open house early this fall, where students can meet club members and faculty and enjoy some delicious food. The club finds its home in the undergraduate anthropology lounge in 385 HHH.
We’re looking forward to another great year!
Kate Gardner and Sarah Faltesek
Anthropology Club Co-Presidents 2007–2008