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Anthropology Majors Present on Sustainable Development in Appalachia

Anthropology majors Carrie Aitkins, Shannon Cramer, Alyssa Fallat, Lisa McCann, Kyle Murray, and Kelimae Perkins presented on their research at the Appalachian Teaching Project annual conference in Washington, D.C. on December 6 and 7, 2013.

Their research was conducted as part of Amanda Poole’s Applied Anthropology class. The presentation conveyed the results of their class project to an audience of federal officials and faculty and students from 15 colleges and universities across the Appalachian region.

Students in ANTH 360: Applied Anthropology partnered with elected representatives in the Indiana Borough Council Community Development Committee on a community development project. The goal of this project is to create bridges between campus and community through digital ethnography that documents and directs people to places of local social significance. Ethnographic research projects focused on 11 walkable places in the community, which were then compiled into a walking/biking tour. The students created original Web pages to reflect their research, which will be linked to scannable QR codes on wayfinding signs placed on campus and in town. The students will launch their walking tour early next semester.

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