Spring 2014 Anthropology Senior Student Symposium

Event date: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Spring 2014 Senior Student Symposium
Appalachian State University
Department of Anthropology

(Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Timothy J. Smith)

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Linville Gorge, Room 242, Plemmons Student Union

“Moving beyond a Moral Paradigm: Examining Complexities between Resource Extraction and Lived Experience in Alaska’s North Slope Borough”
Megan Biddix

I will investigate energy issues as they intersect with power, agency, and control, moving beyond rigid moral paradigms in order to argue that indigenous perceptions of energy in Alaska are entangled with and borne from community views on individual rights, land and landscapes, and lived experiences. 

“Silence in Solidarity: The Vulnerable Structures of Indigenous Ethnic Politics in Latin America”
Dan Derman

In this paper, I will explore how indigenous ethnic political movements in Latin America attempt to open the spaces and opportunities of voice and representation within larger public spheres, while governments have attempt to appease, co-opt, and discredit these counter-hegemonic movements based upon critiques of authenticity. Important theoretical contributions in my thesis come from Judith Butler's ideas on constitutive and exclusionary power of large-scale representation and political movements, as well as Edward Said's writings on power and media representation.

“Media and Solidarity: The Decline of the Labor Union in the United States”
John Forney

Interest and membership in labor unions in the United States have been in sharp decline over the past decade due to attacks by state and local governments (and their public constituents), more so than in Western Europe. I will argue that one major reason for this has been the consolidation and direction of U.S. mass media in converting public opinion toward individualism.

“From Agriculture to Oil: Keeping Colonialism Alive”
Rebecca Thompson

I will discuss how the Ogoni people have continued to suffer and lose land due to oil companies operating in Nigeria, forcing traditional farmers into a market economy, and how older colonial structures from British rule are maintained to sustain and protect resource extraction.

Department of Anthropology
Contact name: 
Timothy J. Smith
Contact email: 
Contact telephone: 
(828) 262-2295
Linville Gorge, Room 242, Plemmons Student Union
Free and Open to the Public
Public Lecture: Disposable Futures: Neoliberalism's Assault on Higher Education

Henry A. Giroux
McMaster University


Henry Giroux, who is currently the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada, is a leading scholar and public intellectual in the fields of critical pedagogy, cultural studies, communications, and educational philosophy. He was listed in "Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present" (Routledge, 2001) as one of the most influential contemporary educational thinkers. He is one of the most influential public intellectuals and theorists today.

A native of Rhode Island, Giroux completed an M.A. in history at Appalachian in 1968. After working as a high school social studies teacher, he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977. He has taught at Boston University, Miami University (Ohio) and Pennsylvania State University.

This talk is organized by the ASU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). It is free and open to the public.


  • Reich College of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • University College
  • Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
  • Office of International Education and Development
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion 
  • Department of Government and Justice Studies
  • Department of Sustainable Development 
  • Department of Culture, Gender, and Global Studies


For more information, please contact Gregory Reck at reckgg@appstate.edu


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