submitted by Professor Paul Lopes, SOAN Dept Chair
Hi SOAN Students!
I can’t believe the summer is over, but the good news is everyone is back at Colgate for another great year. I’m back again as Chair of SOAN. And almost all the SOAN faculty are back and ready to go. So we have a full contingent of faculty this year compared to last year. We also have three new faculty to boot (more on them later). Professor Shever and Professor Levine will be away this year. And Professor Benson will be away this fall.
Now here’s some info for you all:
This summer the fourth floor of Alumni was renovated with new carpet, painting and lighting. Come on up and see the new digs. The lighting is a lot better now in the hall way and in the offices. We have new benches for your comfort. Our new bulletin boards have not yet arrived, so at this point no posters, photos, news, etc. are decorating the walls. Anyway, the lounge is still open to everyone and the computer room as well.
ChoDunkin’ Tuesdays still remain a tradition in SOAN. So don’t forget to pick up a yogurt or donut on that special Tuesday each month – 9/13, 10/18, and 11/15 from 8:15am until noon.
We are planning a SOAN Club Lunch early this semester. It’s set for Thursday, September 22 at 11:30 in Alumni 110. All SOAN (SOCI and ANTH) majors and minors are invited for lunch and a chat. We will be discussing revitalizing the SOAN Student Club and brainstorming on activities and events that SOAN students will enjoy and/or potential majors and minors might enjoy.
This reminds me that we do have one SOAN Student Happy Hour scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 at Donovan’s.
So, SOAN is really excited about the arrival of three new Assistant Professors in our department.
Kristin De Lucia is a new Assistant Professor in Archaeology. Her research interests center on Mesoamerica, household archaeology, political economy, complex societies, gender and identity, ceramics, food production, microanalysis, soil chemistry, childhood, ethnicity, social inequality, historical archaeology and colonialism, and bioarcheology. She is teaching ANTH 102 this fall, so you’ll have to wait to storm her classes. But drop on by to welcome Kristin to Colgate.
Santiago Juarez is a new Assistant Professor of Archaeology. His research interests center on Mesoamerica (Maya Highlands), household archaeology, landscape archaeology, state formation, political economy, identity, gender, ethnicity, social memory, space and place, and social inequality. He is teaching ANTH 103, so you will also have to wait to take his classes. But again, welcome Santiago to Colgate when you have chance.
Chandra Russo is a new Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her research interests center on transnational social movements, solidarity activism, race and racialization, globalization and neoliberalism, political emotions, and social and cultural theory. This fall she is teaching SOCI 222: Power, Race and Privilege, plus SOCI 361: Power, Politics and Social Change. There are still three spaces left in SOCI 361! Once again, when you have a chance give a warm welcome to Chandra.
Finally, I have a new office, Alumni 407. Please come by to just say hi or to chat. My regular office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:10 to 5:30, but you can probably catch me at other times.
We will be sending you a schedule of SOAN and other special events and talks shortly, but for now, WELCOME BACK!