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Student Organization: Anthropos

Anthropos is a student organization the Anthropology Club of RIC and has been active on campus for over two decades. We strive to share the amazing diversity of the four subfields of anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology through various student-driven events. In the past, events have included trips to local natural history museums and undergraduate conferences, potlucks, movie nights, folk art/craft workshops, faculty/student dinners, annual clam bake, lectures on relevant topics, and various cultural celebrations like The Day of the Dead.

The officers for Fall 2013 are:
President: Shirley Desjarlais Secretary: Kayla Saccaccio
Vice President: Marisa Gonzalez Treasurer: Keith Croteau
Advisor: Praveena Gullapalli

Meetings are held Wednesdays from 12:30-1:50pm in Gaige 109 except on the first week of the month when they are held in Gaige 254.

Upcoming 2013-2014 Events

Monthly Movie Nights

Please join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in Gaige Hall room 109 to watch and discuss a movie.

We will be watching:
The Mummy - Oct 2
Lost in Woonsocket - Nov 6
Devil's Playground - Dec 4

On Dec 4 we will also have an end-of-the-semester potluck along with the movie.

Anthropology Department Faculty/Staff/Student Lunch and Dinner

The faculty, staff and students in the Anthropology department regularly get together to eat some good food. Join us!

Dinner on Thursday, Oct 17 at 7pm - Restaurant TBA
Lunch on Friday, Nov 22 at 12:30pm - Restaurant TBA

Days of the Dead Celebration: El Dia de los Muertos!

Oct 23 to Nov 1

The altar will be on display in the Gaige Hall Lobby. Anthropos students will be selling sugar skulls and crafts for altar offerings in memory of deceased loved ones and struggling women of the world. Members of the community are invited to view and add to the altar.

Oct 30, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m

The official dedication of the altar for El Circulo de Mujeres, the Circle of Women, an organization based in Oaxaca, Mexico where anthropology professor Dr. Holly Dygert works dedicated to helping women all over the world become educated and empowered. More information about this organization can be found at A box for cash donations to benefit the organization will be at the event.

There will be mariachi music by Pepe Gutierrez and Mariachi Mexamerica, a piñata, and free food stortilla chips, salsa verde, tamales, champurrado (hot chocolate) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead).

This event is free and open to the community. For more information please contact Shirley Desjarlais (email:

If you would like to help putting up the altar and decorating the lobby, please join us at one of the following activities in Gaige Hall room 109:

Tuesday, Oct 22 from 12-2 - making chocolate and sugar skulls
Thursday, Oct 24, from 12-2 - decorating the sugar skulls and making jewelry
Sunday, Oct 27, from 10am-1pm - decorating the windows of Gaige Hall lobby and setting up the altar

Thank you for your interest and please check back for updates. Anthropos hopes to see any and all students interested in the study of humanity at their meetings and events.

Page last updated: October 24, 2013