Graduate realizes her country music dreams

Photo of Faren Rachels from Rolling Stone magazine

2009 graduate Faren Rachels’ tattoo says it all: “[H]ad this dream from a tender age.” Faren, who played and sang in Athens bars before her talent took her around the country and the rooms got bigger, releases her first EP next month and Rolling Stone magazine takes notice. The magazine slots her at number one in a piece called “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.”

Faren was our student worker for two years and anytime you walked by the office, there she was. It’ll cost you to see her now, but there’s the bonus of hearing her sing. 

Human and Environmental Change Lab

HECLab promotes interdisciplinary research that is engaged, both intellectually and in practice, with environmental change as it relates to humans and society. It supports work that focuses on long-term human and ecological well-being in light of changing social and environmental conditions. Our research encompasses actor and system-based perspectives and institutional and governance analyses to help elucidate relationships of people and their environments – both urban and rural.

“Unearthing Georgia’s Deep Hispanic Heritage: Still Digging on St. Catherines Island”

David Hurst Thomas has served as curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1972, and, for seven years, served as the chairman of the department of anthropology. Thomas has conducted archaeological research on St. Catherines Island since 1974.

Sponsored by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the department of anthropology.

Bram Tucker wins a three-year National Science Foundation grant for an investigation of cultural adaptations to risk

Masikoro_rice_farmer, Madagascar

Associate Professor Bram Tucker has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a three year investigation of cultural adaptations to risk in southwestern Madagascar entitled “Testing Multiple Approaches for Understanding Adaptive Functions of Cultural Institutions” (NSF BCS 1733917). When anthropologists encounter cultural beliefs and practices that have persisted for centuries within challenging environments, they often conclude that the culture persists because it helps people to adapt to these environmental challenges.

Certificate in African Studies

The certificate program in African Studies is designed for the student who wishes to learn about Africa generally, and to focus on a specific sociocultural aspect of the of the region, for example, language, religion, or literature. In addition to providing regional education, the certificate program offers students an opportunity to complement majors in a wide array of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, geography, business, journalism, and education.

Certificate Program in Archaeological Sciences (CPAS)

Archaeology, by its very nature, is interdisciplinary, and he development of more and more scientific applications has increased this characteristic. Indeed, today, the archaeological sciences permeate modern archaeological research. It is no longer possible to study archaeology without being familiar with an often bewildering and steadily increasing variety of scientific applications, including GIS, palynology, stable isotope analysis, chemical analysis of glazes, and a variety of dating techniques, such as TMS, TL, OSL, AMS radiocarbon.

Certificate Program in Conservation Ecology

Students who earn this certificate will receive interdisciplinary preparation to handle the unique, multi-disciplinary problems associated with working in the area of conservation and sustainable development. Students in the natural sciences will add a social science perspective to their understanding of the ecology of development, and students in the social sciences will learn ecological principles so that their decisions can be grounded in biological fact.