Exhibit Opening: “The Stories Objects Tell”

What can we learn from ancient art and architecture?

From wing-shaped vessels to dancing figurines, archaeology has a story to tell us about the lives and imaginations of people who lived thousands of years ago.

“The Stories Objects Tell” is a campus-wide artshow organized by the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, and curated by Kristen Marchetti ’22 with assistance from Erynn Bentley ’25 Ph.D. Works included in the show may be a response to archaeology in general or to objects in the Joukowsky Institute’s collection of art and artifacts.

The exhibit’s opening reception will take place from 4-5 PM on Thursday, March 24th, 2022.

The show can be viewed from Monday, March 14-Thursday, April 14 throughout Rhode Island Hall.

Archaeology Abridged with Dr. Heather McKillop

From the Archaeological Institute of America:

Join us Thursday, April 7 at 1:00 pm ET, for an Archaeology Abridged presentation by Dr. Heather McKillop on her fascinating work with ancient Maya wooden structures discovered underwater off the coast of Belize. Wooden artifacts typically do not survive in the tropical Central American environment. These structures were preserved because they were buried below the sea floor in red mangrove peat. The discoveries provide a rare look at ordinary wooden buildings in a region of the ancient world that is dominated by stone buildings. McKillop will discuss the discovery, mapping, and excavation of these structures and describe how traditional field techniques had to be modified and adapted for use with the underwater sites.

This lecture will also be available in American Sign Language. ASL interpretation will be provided by Trail Blazing Interpreters. Due to Zoom limitations on mobile devices and tablets, participants interested in accessing ASL interpretation should log in using the desktop version of Zoom.

Dr. Heather McKillop is the Thomas & Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She earned her B.Sc. and M.A. in Anthropology at Trent University and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. McKillop has carried out fieldwork along the coast of Belize since 1979. She has focused on the Paynes Creek Salt Works site since the 2004 discovery of the only known ancient Maya canoe paddle and preserved wooden buildings. In 2020 she received the Research Master Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University. Her publications include Maya Salt Works (2019), In Search of Maya Sea Traders (2005), Salt: White Gold of the Ancient Maya (2002), The Ancient Maya (2004), and Coastal Maya Trade (with co-editor Paul F. Healy). Dr. McKillop was interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday in 2018.

Register here.

R.E. Taylor Poster Award

From the Society for Archaeological Sciences:

The Society for Archaeological Sciences invites applications for the R.E. Taylor Poster Award at the 87th Annual Meeting of SAA and the 43rd International Symposium on Archaeometry (ISA), 2022 (postponed from 2020). 

The award consists of $200 US, a one-year SAS membership and subscription to the SAS Bulletin. Entries will be judged on the significance of the archaeological problem, appropriateness of the methods used, soundness of conclusions, quality of the poster display, and oral presentation of the poster by the student, who should be the first author in order to be considered. 

Students should submit an email application to Tatsuya Murakami (tmurakam[email protected]) by March 18 for SAA and May 1 for ISA. Applications must include the title and abstract of the poster, evidence that you have registered for the meeting, and proof of your status as an undergraduate or graduate student. Email confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you.

Computational Social Science Institute at Howard University: “The Future of Computational Social Science is Black”

From SICSS-Howard/Mathematica:

Do you have a drive to use social science, data science, data analytics, and evidence to improve public well-being within underrepresented communities? From June 18th to July 1st, 2022, Howard University and Mathematica will once again partner on the only Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) at a Historically Black College and University. 

SICSS-Howard/Mathematica invites both social scientists and data scientists (broadly conceived) who are graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and pre-tenure faculty to apply for this *free* two-week institute (and accompanying 2-day prep institute).  

SICSS-Howard/Mathematica is groundbreaking for a number of reasons: 1) we were the first (2021) and continue to be the only Summer Institute held at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), 2) we have the benefit of a deeply invested partner, Mathematica, and finally 3) we have a topical focus on antiblack racism and inequity. Participants will benefit from opportunities and resources that are unique due to our host, Howard University, our connection to the nation’s capital at a unique moment in our nation’s history, and given the generous support and deep engagement of Mathematica.

Our interactive and instructional program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and participant-led research projects. There will also be outside speakers who conduct and use computational social science research in a variety of settings, such as academia, industry, and government. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.

SICSS-Howard/Mathematica is available at no cost to participants thanks to Howard University and Mathematica. SICSS-Howard/Mathematica is particularly committed to the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds. As such, participants from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Academically, we are looking for participants with a broad range of expertise, backgrounds in the social sciences, and interests-especially those with demonstrable interest in topics related to enhancing, developing or working on future projects that will address or intersect with issues of anti-Black racism and inequity.

If you want to learn more about SICSS-Howard/Mathematica check out the 9-part series co-written by our founder Naniette Coleman in Sage Publishing’s MethodSpace blog “The Future of Computational Social Science is Black”  or listen to Mathematica’s On the Evidence podcast “Inside an Initiative to Diversify the Field of Computational Social Science.” We also invite you to print and hang up our promotional poster, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and join our email list!