James C. Young Conference

By Briana Van Havermaat, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
February 9, 2006

The 26th annual James C. Young Colloquium takes place Saturday, February 11, 2006. The conference, held annually by the Anthropology Department, is an opportunity for undergraduate as well as graduate students to present posters or papers on their anthropological interests. Students are able to share these research experiences, interests, and ideas with other students as well as professors.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Crossing Boundaries, Critical Dialogues, Considering Humanity.” This theme pertains to all aspects of culture, past and present. The conference focuses on inter-disciplinary aspects of culture as well as human diversity.

Undergraduate and graduate students from UCR, as well as students from local state schools, junior colleges, and universities are welcome to participate. Although this is an anthropology conference, and the papers and posters deal with anthropological issues, students from other departments are also encouraged to partake in the event. In the past, the conference has included papers from students in the departments of Sociology, Music, History, Political Science, and Dance. This year, the colloquium includes presenters from a dozen different disciplines. Students who are not presenting are invited to come and support students who are. This conference is by students and for students.

Keynote speakers for this event will be Dr. Leo Chavez (UCI) and Dr. Paul Laris (CSULB). There will also be music provided by Mayupatapi, the UCR Peruvian folk-music ensemble.

The conference is sponsored by the Student Association of Graduate Anthropologists and supported by the UCR Department of Anthropology, the Hispanic Studies Department, the Association of Undergraduate Anthropologists, and the Graduate Student Association. It begins at 9 a.m. in Humanities 1501. Attendance is free.

For more information visit the Department of Anthropology or call (951) 827-5524.

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