Students to prepare for anthropology conference

March 30, 2015 | Events, Research, UToday, — Social Justice and Human Service
By Lindsay Mahaney

With just about a week until they speak in front of hundreds of anthropology professors, students, scholars and aficionados, two University of Toledo undergraduates are looking for constructive criticism from their peers.

To prepare for the Central States Anthropological Society conference in St. Paul, Minn., UT Anthropology Society President Katrina Beckloff, a third-year anthropology and history major, and society member Joy Reason, a fourth-year anthropology and sociology major, will take part in a student colloquium Wednesday, April 1, at 12:30 in University Hall Room 5260.

At the colloquium, they will give presentations: Beckloff on “Fascist Italian Archaeology” and Reason on “Ethnography of Toledo Charter Schools.” These will be the same talks they will give at the conference.

“At the student colloquium, Joy Reason and I can present on topics that we’re going to be presenting on at the conference in more of an informal setting,” Beckloff said. “It’s a way that we can practice going through what we’re going to say and get feedback before actually going to do a big presentation.”

Reason said she’s excited and nervous to present at the conference: “I’ve never presented anything major like this before. This will be a new experience for me.”

The conference will be held Thursday, April 9, through Saturday, April 11, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul. This will be the 94th Central States Anthropological Society meeting.

For more information on the free, public presentation where refreshments will be served, contact Beckloff at

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