Anthro Expo 2021: Community - Engaging the Anthropological Lens fo Change

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

Online via Zoom

Anthropology Expo 2021 Event Flyer: Magenta Background with white textGuest 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.



  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Suzanne Scheld, Department of Anthropology

Topic: Community and Cultural Heritage

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Rebecca Poughouspour, “Cyrus the Great and Community Resilience in Iran: Juxtaposing State Control and Management of Pre-Islamic Persian Heritage with Community Reverence of an Ancient Leader”
  • Amberly Padzik, “Ayurveda: The Effects of Its Commodification and the Need to Protect Its Heritage”
  • Ian Houts, “‘America's Classical Music’? Re-defining Jazz in the Cultural Heritage Sphere”
  • Julie Swift, “The Bigger Picture in the Conejo Corridor: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Traditional Ventureño Chumash Territory, Southern California”
Panel Moderator
  • Dr. Rachel Giraudo

Keynote Lecture

  • Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.       
Guest Speaker
  • Robin Nelson, Department of Anthropology, Santa Clara University
  • Communities of Care - Exploring Kinship and Health in the Caribbean"
Panel Moderator
  • Dr. Christina Campbell

Topic: Applying Anthropology to Community

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Samira Khabbazzadeh-Rashti and Angelina Geisen, “HEARTTS for Type 2 Diabetes”
  • Jessica Steiner, “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace (NAS): Risk Perception and Public Acceptance”
  • Danielle Contreras and Giselle Barrera, “Gender and Engineering at JPL”
  • Anais Donan, Jasmine Thompson, and Edith Coreno, “Archival Activism and the San Fernando Valley”
Panel Moderator
  • Kevin Zemlicka, EOP, CSBS


  • Time: 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Suzanne Scheld, Department of Anthropology

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.

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