Arboreal Quadruped Lab

This is a lab I use in ANT 2511 – Human Species here at UCF. I remember a lab like this from my own undergraduate days at the University of Arkansas. It still resonates with me today. In a nutshell, students follow an arboreal quadruped around campus for an hour recording it’s movements and activities in 10-minute increments. Since UCF has not been overrun by primates (other than humans, of course), we use a proxy animal – the friendly neighborhood squirrel (the eastern gray squirrel). It’s a fun exercise designed to give students a taste of primatology fieldwork. The lab is explored in detail below.

A friendly UCF squirrel awaits eager students.

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The Rosewood Massacre, Paperback

A little over a year ago the hardcover version of my book The Rosewood Massacre: An Archaeology and History of Intersectional Violence was published by the University Press of Florida. Sales were sufficient to prompt the press to release the book in paperback. This is great news – not just because it means people are reading the book – but because it lowers the price of the book, from $80 to $25! Visit the link above to purchase the book. Continue reading to see some of the more recent reviews.

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Rosewood Talk Added to 2020 Florida Speaker’s Directory

The Florida Humanities Council (FHC) maintains the Florida Speakers Directory. This includes educators, journalists, and scholars who speak on a variety of Florida-related topics. The great thing about this program is the FHC also provides grants to help non-profit organizations support these talks. You can learn more about the program here. I finally got myself added for the upcoming year (2020), and am available to speak on Rosewood. See below for more info.

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The Rosewood Massacre Public Talk (Bradenton, FL)

It was my great pleasure to return to Bradenton, Florida and present on my research to the Time Sifters Archaeology Society, the local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society (FAS). I was here to speak about my recently published book on the Rosewood massacre, which you can purchase here. I don’t always post about each public presentation, but since they were kind enough to video and post it, I figured I’d include it here.

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Sympathetic Archaeologies (FAS 2018)

This year marked my long overdue return to the annual Florida Anthropological Society (FAS) meetings. I presented a paper titled “Sympathetic Archaeologies: Reflections on a Decade of Public Engagement in Rosewood, Florida,” which examined some of the recent work I’ve completed in Rosewood as well as the planned work supported by a recent grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. You can read the abstract below. (more…)

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3D Hominin Lab

This lab provides a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to explore hominin evolution using 3D models. I’ve been using a version of this lab since the fall semester of 2017 at the University of Central Florida. The lab is divided into two parts. The first portion requires students to explore 3D models of hominin fossils created and uploaded to Sketchfab. The second portion requires them to use their notes from these comparisons and complete a quiz (which can be offered in-class or online). The lab is designed specifically for introductory courses with high enrollments. My sections typically have between 150-300 students.

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Disaster Anthropology & HSOHP

Disaster Anthropology is a rapidly growing aspect of anthropology’s applied/engaged focus. This approach directs our attention to the ways risk and vulnerability are disproportionately experienced by cultures and societies during disaster events. It also offers ethnographically-based solutions to reconnecting local victims with non-local agencies before, during, and following such events (e.g., hurricanes, firestorms, earthquakes, reactor meltdowns). This post includes a web map and links to oral histories collected as part of my 2013 Disaster Anthropology course offered at Monmouth University, in preparation for me offering this course at the University of Central Florida in fall 2018. (more…)

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