College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year we plan a number of events that include talks from faculty, trips, and events that are anthropologically inclusive. Each quarter, the Anthropology Club plans at least one trip/major event. See below for a list of possible options for the 2018/19 school year. Your ideas & suggestions are always appreciated!


Scholars Week 2019

Hello everyone!

This email is a reminder that Scholars Week will be happening May 13th-17th this year. Scholars Week is an opportunity for students to present any research they have done while at WWU. Anthropology students present their research in the Anthropology Department and everyone is invited to attend the presentations. A presentation schedule will be released later in the quarter. If any students are interested in presenting, please send a brief abstract to by April 12th. If any students want to present a poster, please register at The posters also may be hung in the Anthropology Department hallway. If you have any questions please contact the Anthropology Club at:

Thank you!
Anthropology Club


Anthropology Department WinterFest 2018!

photo of a winter scene of snow and trees with winter fest 2018 across the top

December 7th ​
Arntzen Hall, Room 319 (Student Lounge)

$5.00 Students
$10.00 Faculty & Grad Students

(You can pay at the Anthropology Dept., AH 315)

This is our holiday party and is open to everyone. The party is co-hosted by the Anthropology Club, the Department of Anthropology and the Fall 2018 Cohort (grad students). 



Anthropology Department Spring Fest 2018!

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WWU Lakewood Facility on Lake Whatcom.
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, Bellingham, WA 98225

$5.00 Students
$10.00 Faculty & Grad Students

(You can pay at the Anthropology Dept., AH315)

This is our Spring BBQ & potluck co-hosted by the Anthropology Club and the Department of Anthropology. The Department will supply all the meat (and veggie) burgers & dogs you can eat... you are welcome to bring a side dish to share. It's always a good time!

photo of lake whatcom boats and grilling hamburgers


Anthropology Department

Scholars Week 2018
​Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 17

Cyborg Panel
10:00 - 11:15, AH 317

Malea Munoz - The Cyborg Manifesto 
Ryan Anderson - The Future of Death 
Arishma Prasad - Chameleon Camouflage: the Creation of Nanotechnology Through Nanocrystals 
Sophie Fernandez - Are We Living in a Simulation?  
Alyssa Webster - De-Extinction

Biological Panel
11:30 - 12:00 AH 317

Sierra Aubel - Effects of Coffee 
Daria Gausman - An Exploration of the Ethics of Using CRISPR-Cas9 for Human Genome Modification

Archaeology Panel
1:00 - 1:30 AH 317

Ellen Hallingstad - Let’s Speed This Up: Testing the Applicability of Machine Learning in Ceramic Trademark Identification
Emma Dubois - Repatriation and Western Washington University

Cultural Panel
1:45 - 3:00 AH 317

Daniel Hargrave - Cooking Up Inequality with the Homeless Community in Bellingham Washington 
Elizabeth Clark - Do Climate Change Migrants Count as Refugees? An Exploration of Definitions and Discrimination
Ashlee Baldwin - Mass School Shootings: The After Effect On Prevention of Emotional and Physical Well-Being 
Francesca Cruz - Globalization and it’s Impact on Environmental Racism
Savannah Jackson - Perspectives of Generational Trauma Within the Black Community

Friday, May 18th

​​Cultural Panel
10:00 - 11:00 AH 317

Tori Bianci - Gender Discrepancy in Asexual Identity: The Effect of Hegemonic Gender Norms on Asexual Identification 
Olivia Zimmerman - Moklen Indigeneity 
Emma Walters - Serial Killing: Playing God and Obsession with Death


Nicholas Budsberg, Doctoral Candidate at Texas A&M University's Nautical Archaeology Program
Combining Archaeology, Marine Biology, and Community Education
​12:00 - 1:30 AH 317

Nicholas Budsberg has spent the past seven years working on shipwrecks and other submerged archaeological sites in the U.S., Caribbean and Mediterranean. Nicholas graduated from WWU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and an Archaeology Concentration, and his recent fieldwork has focused on an early 16th-century Iberian (Spanish or Portuguese) shipwreck in the Bahamas known as the Highbourne Cay Shipwreck. The vessel is one of the earliest surviving shipwrecks in the Americas and is remarkably well-preserved. During the summer of 2017, Mr. Budsberg led an excavation at the site with support from National Geographic Society and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. The project combined archaeological, marine biological, and community education components, and the team excavated and recorded much of the surviving hull remains and a portion of the remaining artifacts. Considerably more cultural heritage remains on the seabed, and because of the historical significance, threats present, and the potential impact of the archaeology within the local community, Mr. Budsberg and a team of archaeologists have approached the Bahamas government and local sponsors with a proposal to fully excavate and research the shipwreck, conserve the materials locally, and prepare an exhibition of the ship for display.   

photo of two divers in the ocean looking at the ocean bottom on the way to a shipwreck

Taylor-Anastasio Awards
1:45 AH 317

Cody Carlson - Ceausescuism: Rights Lasting Effects of a Cult of Personality nominated by Kathleen Young from War and Human
Tess O’Reilly - When to Cope and How to Do it nominated by Kathleen Young from Trauma and Recovery
Rachel Perkins - Representations of Indigenous Cultures in Today’s Museums and Impacts on Cultural Tourists nominated by Joyce Hammond from Tourism


At the 2018 WWU Anthropology Scholars Week Conference students from the department are encouraged to present their research and hard work to their peers and faculty. It is an opportunity for students to share their interests and engage in constructive dialogue. The symposium will consist of individual presentations.





Anthropology Club Bake Sale!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Come find us on Vendor's Row at the VU

Anthropology Department Spring Fest 2017!

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WWU Lakewood Facility on Lake Whatcom.
2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, Bellingham, WA 98225

$3.00 Students
$5.00 Faculty & Grad Students

This is our end of the year BBQ & potluck co-hosted by the Anthropology Club and the Department of Anthropology. Bring a dish to share and the Department will supply all the meat (and veggie) burgers & dogs you can eat. It's always a good time!


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