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Students Seraphina Mallon-Breiman '16, Jamie Lerner '16, Deirdre Graham '16, Ella Running-rabbit '18, Brooke Hallock'16, Cheyanne Stone '17, Maggie Ganguly-Kiefner '16, Lauren Ainsworth '15, and Lian Kariuki '15 in the Sociology/Anthropology Ethnographic Field Methods course attended the Northeastern Anthropological Association Annual Meetings this past weekend held at Franklin Pierce University near Keene, N.H. Seniors Lauren Ainsworth and Lian Kariuki presented papers in different sessions based on research projects they had been working on over past semesters. Lauren's paper/presentation was titled Journals and Journeys: Travelogues, Diaries, and Field Journals as Ethnography, and Lian's was Facebook Friends or Informants? Implications of Using Social Media in Ethnographic Research with Adolescent Girls Living in Kenyan Slums.

Prof. Mark Dailey
(anthropology) has had three haiku accepted for publication in three different journals this year. They are forthcoming in the following journals and issues: Frogpond 37(3), The Heron's Nest (December 2014) and Modern Haiku 46(1). Although an anthropologist by training, Mark’s interest in Chinese and Japanese poetics informs his ELA course Chinese Nature Poetry.

Prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) shared this stone tool with his human origins class last week. It is an Acheulian hand-axe estimated to be between 300,000 and one million years old. The axe is from South Africa, near the Cape of Good Hope, and was made by Homo ergaster (also called Homo erectus by some). The artifact was on loan from the University of Vermont anthropology department.

The second semester's Faculty Colloquium Series will resume this Wednesday, February 5 in Terrace 124 at noon. Mark Dailey will be discussing "GMC in Nepal: Images and Stories From Our International Anthropology Course." As always, a simple but nutritious lunch will be served.

Bill Porter
, an award-winning translator of Chinese religious texts and poetry, will present a lecture and slideshow on the rise of the Zen tradition in China this Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the East Room.

Mr. Porter has personally visited many of the culturally and historically significant sites related to the poetic and religious history of China, and will share his experiences.

On Tuesday, March 27 from 4 – 5 p.m. in Terrace 124, participants in the recent December – January international anthropology course will present and reflect on their recent three-week study of “culture and environment” in Nepal.

Prof. Mark Dailey
and five GMC students recently received a grant of $27,000 from the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program to conduct anthropological, ethnographic research in China this coming summer. The study will investigate how massive outmigration from the Chinese countryside is affecting the human-environment relationship in these increasingly depopulated areas.

Green Mountain College will host Ms. magazine co-founder Jane O'Reilly for a talk on women's rights and the feminist movement on February 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m., in the Gorge. The event is free and open to the public. A coffee reception will follow.

For three weeks over winter break, Green Mountain College was well represented in the foothills of the Himalayas, where students studied and experienced “Culture and Environment in Nepal” for three credits in sociology/anthropology. The group included a vibrant cross-section of the GMC community: 19 students, anthropology professor Mark Dailey, vice president of student life and trip organizer Joe Petrick, and board of trustees member Al Wakefield all joined the extended exploration.

During the winter break seven GMC students found themselves in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico in the small village of San Isidro just north of the Guatemalan border. The course Indigenous Agriculture, Policy, and Human Migration focused on the issues at the root of migration. The students explored why approximately 120 young people from San Isidro, a town of 1,200, have migrated to Vermont in order to work endless hours on Vermont dairy farms.


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