USF graduate student Eric Koenig won Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition at SfAA

Congratulations to USF graduate student Eric Koenig, who won the 2015 Valene Smith Tourism Poster Competition, sponsored by the Tourism and Heritage TIG, at the recent SfAA meeting.  His poster was entitled, “Tourism Development, Fishing, and Heritage Conception:  Exploring Pathways to Sustainable Heritage Tourism on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize.”  The…

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Engaging Youth in Heritage Research and Preservation Through Geocaching

My dissertation research explores the role of technology in the construction of heritage as a cultural resource at the community level.  Specifically, I focus on the use of intergenerational geocaching (i.e., a type of high-tech treasure hunt) through an examination of a preservation project in the urban community of Sulphur…

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Global Citizens Program, Community Engagement, and Collaboration across USF contribute to Changes to East Tampa Retention Ponds

On October 13, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times ran a story about improvements to east Tampa retention ponds.  Many of the changes can be attributed to community engagement and collaboration between USF Anthropology, Engineering, and Geography faculty and students.  Sarina Ergas, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Dept. Civil & Environmental…

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Iyshia Lowman’s Homestead Beach report published by the National Park Service

Congratulations to USF graduate student, Iyshia Lowman, for her recently published report by the National Park Service entitled, Jim Crow at the Beach: An Oral and Archival History of the Segregated Past at Homestead Bayfront Park. Charles Lawson, NPS Cultural Resource Manager, Biscayne National Park, Florida, who funded the study…

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Society of Black Archaeologists Oral History Project features Dr. Antoinette Jackson

In February, Dr. Antoinette Jackson sat down with the Society of Black Archaeologists to discuss her life, career, and research.  In two interviews, Dr. Jackson speaks about her early influences, her career change from Business to Anthropology, her experiences as a graduate student, her new book and her current research…

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Heritage Lab Supports Student Veterans

Kiersten Downs will bike cross-country this summer to support student veterans and the USF chapter of the Student Veterans Association to raise awareness about and support veterans who are transitioning into campus life.  Kiersten, a PhD student in Applied Anthropology, president of the University of South Florida chapter of Student Veterans…

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National Parks Connection

USF anthropologist will work to enhance ethnography programs at U.S. National Parks. A prestigious appointment will have the University of South Florida’s Associate Professor Antoinette Jackson spending a lot more time at national parks over the next couple of years.  As the newly-appointed regional ethnographer for the National Park Service…

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*NEWLY RELEASED BOOK* by Dr. Antoinette T. Jackson!

Dr. Antoinette Jackson’s newly-published book, Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites, is the culmination of over 10 years of research and engagement with communities and descendants of enslaved Africans who worked on rice plantations along the southeastern coast. It was praised as “a must read for…

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