Upcoming Talks

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Past Talks

Collaborative Strategies for Heritage 

Conservation in Yucatán, México, Dr. Iván Batún Alpuche (SEDESOL)

Monday, April 11, 2016: 3:30 pm

Alumni Building, Room 308

Reception to follow in Alumni 211

Dr. Iván Batún Alpuche, an archaeologist and Yucatec Mayan, holds a PhD in

Anthropology from the University of Florida. Currently, he is a Director at

SEDESOL-Yucatán (Secretaría de Desarrollo Social), a government development agency, and is adjunct professor in Anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Batún is particularly interested in collaborative strategies that empower local Mayan peoples and provide opportunities for active engagement with heritage conservation. Dr. Batún draws on his archaeological research on ancient Maya beekeeping to maintain traditional techniques in this industry and other ancestral practices, such as ramón cultivation (Brosimum alicastrum), in contemporary Yucatec Mayan communities. This is part of a broader fight against transgenic agricultural products in Yucatán. He will speak about ongoing collaborative projects with colleagues at UNC and his ideas about the future of heritage conservation and of indigenous self-determination in Yucatán.

Ask an Expert: Building Capacity for Diabetes Self-Management in Rural Communities 

Joanne Rinker Q&A Session PosterMonday, February 29, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

McGavran Greenberg 1304 OR virtually at http://tiny.cc/rinker*

Are you interested in empowering rural communities to self-manage
chronic diseases and build effective community coalitions? Looking for suggestions and insights from an established chronic disease prevention professional? Join our virtual Q&A session with Joanne Rinker, a diabetes expert who helped build a statewide network of diabetes self-
management programs!

*This webinar will be broadcast via BlueJeans. To join for the first time, you will need to download and install the BlueJeans plugin. You will be prompted to do this when you click the webinar link.

Anthropology Brown Bag featuring two Seed Grant Winners—Tainayah Thomas and Pavithra Vasudevan

On Friday Jan 29, 2016, Pavithra Vasudevan and and Tainayah Thomas will be presenting their research and discussing experiences from participatory research. Both Pavithra and Tainayah were 2015 Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research (GCPR) seed grant winners. The talk will take place from 12:30-1:30 PM in Alumni Hall (Anthropology building) 313A.

Geography Colloquium Series

Please join us this Friday, October 30th, at 3:35 in Carolina Hall room 220 for another talk in our Geography Colloquium Series. Our speaker this week is Dr. Caitlin Cahill, Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute in New York. Dr. Cahill has earned an international reputation for her work, which brings together youth geographies with policing, discrimination, and immigration. She is especially known for her engaged participatory and action research approaches, which draw upon art, film, and political intervention. The abstract for her talk, “Home is where crisis is lived everyday”, can be found below along with her bio.

Home is where crisis is lived everyday

Three years ago the Researchers for Fair Policing, an intergenerational participatory action research team, set out to document the experiences of young people growing up with “Broken Windows” policing in the contemporary context of gentrifying/still disinvested New York City.  Foregrounding an intimate and embodied geopolitics, our research explores the contradictions of the neoliberal city, offering insights into the intertwined struggles over representation, real estate, policing, public space, and the sites of social reproduction: home, school, and community.  This talk will focus on the ways that the crisis is policed at home (Hall et al., 1978). Our work suggests alternatives for understanding our cities and ourselves, and a new geographical imagination for sustaining affective alliances and building political community.


Caitlin Cahill is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography & Politics, Pratt Institute. A community-based urban & youth studies scholar, for over fifteen years Caitlin has conducted participatory action research projects with young people in cities across the US investigating the everyday intimate experiences of global urban restructuring, specifically as it concerns gentrification, immigration, education, and zero tolerance policies. Caitlin is interested in co-creating collective spaces for dialogue, creativity, knowledge production, critical research and action.  Caitlin is a founding faculty member of the Public Science Projecta center for critical participatory action research & justice at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. In Salt Lake City, Utah she co-founded the Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective, an intergenerational social justice think tank that engages young people as catalysts of change.

Institute of African American Research Community Engaged Scholars Panel Discussion

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7th, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
ATTENDANCE: Strongly encouraged; free and open to the public.

On October 7, 2015, the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) will host a panel discussion on Engaged Scholarship, focusing on successes, challenges, and benefits. The event is free and open to the public.

The panelists are:

  • Giselle Corbie-Smith, Professor of Medicine (UNC-Ch)
  • Valerie Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Law (UNC-Ch)
  • Mark Little, Director of NC Strategic Growth, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
  • Delores Bailey, Executive Director, EmPOWERment Inc.

Panelists will discuss their experiences with engaged research, especially how they have organized and approached projects that include community involvement. They will reflect on their experiences regarding outcomes, successes, and challenges of partnering with community organizations in research. Ultimately, they will demonstrate why it is important for researchers to engage with the surrounding community, and will demonstrate what benefits to both UNC and the community can arise from such partnerships.

See the attached press release for more details:  IAAR Engaged Scholarship Press Release

Triangle Religion in the Americas Colloquium (TRAC)

Tuesday, April 14th at 6PM in the University Room at Hyde Hall at UNC – Chapel Hill.

The Triangle Religion in the Americas Colloquium (TRAC) invites you to a conversation with Greg Johnson, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Bolder. Professor Johnson has shared with us a recent article he published in the journal Religion, titled “Off the Stage, On the Page: On the Relationship Between Advocacy and Scholarship,” where he reflects on his research and public engagement with burial protection struggles in Hawaii.

2015 Mitchell Symposium: Cultural Known-How, Community Capacity, and Transformative Agency: A New Frontier for Occupational Science and Therapy

Wednesday, March 25th 6:00 PM

Michael Hooker Research Center Auditorium: 0001

There will be a reception following the presentation

Please see the attached flyer for more details: Mitchell Symposium 2015 Flyer – Final 2

Film Screening: Uniting Detroiters

Tuesday, December 9th: 11am

321 Saunders Hall

Sara Safransky is set to screen, Uniting Detroiters, a community based response to the radical changes going on in Detroit.  The film came out of participatory research she did as part of her dissertation research.  I recommend it to Certificate for PR students, to the Social Movements Working Group and to others in Anthropology interested in race and urban transformations.
It will be shown at 11 am in 321 Saunders this Tuesday, December 9th.

Linking Liberation Struggles Forum

October 26, 2014, 2:30-6:00 PM

FedEx Global Education Center, Chapel Hill NC

The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME) at UNC Chapel Hill invites you to a unique forum on Sunday, October 26th. The forum will explore the connections among Jewish,  Palestinian, African-American, Latino, and Native American liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics.

Our goal this year is to explore the connections among Jewish, Palestinian, African-American, Latino, and Native American liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics, including issues of dispossession, systemic threat to identity and culture, misinformation, propaganda, and disfiguring narratives by the dominant power and culture, exploitation, incarceration, dislocation and population transfers, dehumanization and marginalization.  The forum will also explore the historic role of BDS movements both in the U.S. and around the world.

For more information, please visit the following websiteLinking Liberations


Seminar: Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating Teen Court in Robeson County: How to Foster Community Partnerships to Develop Restorative Justice Programming for Rural Youth

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, 12:00-1:30, Reception to follow

Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC School of Social Work

For the past four years, the North Carolina Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (NC-ACE) has collaborated with a diverse array of community partners to launch an evidenced-based model for teen court programming in Robeson County, NC. In this presentation, we will discuss how the teen court program was developed from past juvenile justice research, how community collaborations sustain the implementation of the Robeson County Teen Court, and the effectiveness of this restorative justice program. We will hear from a panel of stakeholders, including teen court volunteers, staff, judges, and researchers.

For more information, please see the attached flyerCreating, Implementing, and Evaluating Teen Court in Robeson County

Sponsored by: The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-CH and Duke University


Graduate Researcher and Intervention in the South (GRITS)

Wednesday November 12th, 2:00-3:50 PM

Rosenau 133, School of Public Health

The American South has often been recognized for its public health challenges compared to other U.S. regions, including lower life expectancies, stronger associations between low- income populations and healthy food access, higher rates of sexually transmitted infections, and higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease and stroke. While the South faces unique and significant threats to its population’s health, its distinctiveness can be a valuable asset in addressing those threats. Successful public health programs have leveraged the South’s rich ethnic and cultural diversity to reduce health disparities. On November 12, UNC GRITS has will host a panel discussion with key faculty and professionals to discuss Southern history, traditions, cultural practices, and community relationships; Eugenia Eng, Danny Bell, and Lynn Blanchard will speak.

Please see the attached flyer for more informationGRITS

**Stay tuned for future GRITS events**


Human Rights, Truth Telling and Justice Symposium

November 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Duke University, Durham NC

The symposium will focus on truth telling and justice in the context of human rights, and will include speakers Eduardo Gonzalez-Cueva, Pamela Merchant, Andrea Peto and Kimberly Theidon.

Free lunch provided. Please RSVP to emily.stewart@duke.edu by Thursday November 13th.

For more information, please see the following website: Human Rights, Truth Telling, and Justice Symposium


Memory, Justice, and Peace in Colombia: The experience, visions, and proposals of Sons and Daughters for Memory and Against Impunity

Colombian youth Shaira Rivera of Sons and Daughters for Memory and Against Impunity speaks on the Colombian peace process.

Monday, October 13, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Global Education Center, room 1005

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sons and Daughters for Memory and Against Impunity (Hijos e Hijas por la Memoria y contra la Impunidad) is a generational movement of Colombian youth founded in 2006. The have since been at the forefront of the country’s movement denouncing the prevalent practices of forced disappearance, assassination, and exile of members of Colombia’s political opposition.

Currently, the Colombian government and FARC guerrilla group are engaged in a “peace process.” The process involves negotiating the latter’s eventually demobilization and agreements on a variety of issues including land, political participation, drugs, and victims. Sons and Daughters is a leading organization in the broad civil society movement following the peace process, demanding truth, and struggling to create peace in Colombia rooted in justice.

For more information, please see attached flyer: Memory, Justice, and Peace in Colombia

Sponsored by: 

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-CH and Duke University


How to Build Equity and Community Engagement into a Research Project

The following presentation by Eugenia Eng and Jennifer Schaal provides information on community based participatory research, mechanisms for supporting equity between partners, co-authorship guidelines, and special considerations in participatory research.

How to Build Equity and Community Engagement into a Research Project