The Annual Anthro-Expo 2021

Annual Anthro-Expo 2021


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 10:30am to 3:30pm


Online via Zoom




For The Annual Anthro-Expo 2021's full program click HERE

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About this Event

Please join us for the Annual Anthro-Expo. The theme this year is Community: Engaging the Anthropological Lens for Change.

Guest Speaker: Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is a biological anthropologist who utilizes evolutionary theory in studies of family dynamics and health outcomes for adults and children. Having conducted a decade of research in Jamaica, her more recent work explores the relationship between growth outcomes and residential context for Jamaican children. This project focuses on the physical and psycho-social development of children living in state-sponsored residential childcare facilities. She examines what happens to the health of children when the home, as it is articulated in West Indian communities, is not available to them. She is currently developing a project exploring the lives of Caribbean immigrants and their children in Toronto, Canada. With a focus on critical periods of growth and development, she investigates culturally salient forms of social and financial capital and the health of peoples from the Caribbean.  

In addition to this primary research, Robin Nelson and colleagues have worked extensively on issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault in field settings. This work, appropriately dubbed the #SAFE study, has been covered extensively by media outlets ranging from The New York Times to National Public Radio. It has inspired similar studies in geology, archaeology, and physics, and served as the basis for legislation introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives. As a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, Robin's classes serve as the entry point for many students to the wonders of human evolution and diversity. 

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Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities

Communication services are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact the Anthropology Department at (818) 677-3331 or email to arrange for accommodations.

Recording Disclaimer

Quick Overview: The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences intends to record this event. If your camera is turned on, your likeness may be recorded. If your microphone is turned on, your voice may be recorded. The statement below gives us permission to post the recording of this event on our website and/or social media without notifying you or paying you. If you do not want your image or voice to be used by us, please turn your camera and microphone off before joining the event.

When you participate a California State University, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSUN-CSBS) event, you will be participating in an event where video and audio recording may occur.

By participating in this CSUN-CSBS event, you grant permission to CSUN-CSBS to use your name, voice, and likeness solely as it appears in the recording, Community: Engaging the Anthropological Lens for Change. Zoom event in its entirety, (the “visual/audio content”).

You also agree that the visual/audio content may be used in any electronic or other media as selected by CSUN-CSBS at its sole discretion without notifying you.

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Community: AY 2020-2021 Teaching & Learning Initiative

José Farinas Undergraduate Essay Contest 2021

Dear Anthropology Majors and Minors,

I write to encourage you to apply for an opportunity in the Department of Anthropology—the  José Farinas Undergraduate Essay Contest 2021

·         First Prize: $1,000

·         Second Prize: $500

·         Third Prize: $50 gift card for Matador Book Store

José Farinas graduated from the Department of Anthropology at CSUN in the 1980s. As he looks back on his experience studying in the department, he fondly remembers the faculty who shaped his thinking through their teaching including Keith Morton, Antonio Gilman, Bruce Gelvin, and Greg Truex. The José Farinas Undergraduate Essay Contest is a new tradition in the department of Anthropology that has been created by José who found a home in the department. José hopes to encourage undergraduates to become engaged, voice their views, and value and make the most of their education at CSUN. Follow José’s footsteps by becoming engaged in the department and by submitting an essay for this year’s contest. Essays must be written in connection to the annual Anthropology teaching theme. For 2020–2021, the theme is “Community”. Visit the Department’s website for more information on the theme.

Read below on how to submit an essay. The winners will be announced at the online End-of-the-Year Department Celebration on Saturday, May 15th.     

·      This contest is open to any currently enrolled, undergraduate Anthropology major or minor student at CSUN.

·      Essays must be written in connection to the annual Anthropology teaching theme. For 2020–2021 the theme is “community.”

·      Essays may be based on sole-authored papers written for courses during the 2020–2021 academic year. You may rewrite or edit a previously written paper in order to improve its content and better connect it with the teaching theme.

·      Essays must not exceed 2,000 words including notes and references. You may rewrite or edit a previously written paper in order to stay within the word limit.

·      Essays should be typed with 12-point font, double-spaced lines, and 1-inch margins.

·      Essays should have a cover page with title and author's name; please do not include your name on every page.

·      Essays must be submitted for the competition electronically to the departmental Administrative Assistant (contact details below).

·      Entries will be judged by a panel of Anthropology faculty members.

·      The department reserves the right not to award prizes if the committee does not find the submitted essays prizeworthy.

·      Deadline for submissions: Noon on Monday, April 26, 2021.

·      Submit your essay to the Administrative Assistant, Ms. Gloria Chamarro,

·      For further information, contact:

End of the Year Celebration 2020 Video Montage

End of the Year Celebration 2020 Program

Check out the Anthropology's End of the Year Celebration Program HERE!!