anthropology - Events Calendar


Opening of “Bison: From Near Extinction to Renewal & Recovery” at Zarrow

Tatanka, bison, buffalo, ptéĥčcaka (Lakota), sisilia (Lenape) the Monarch of the Plains – bison are known by many names in different languages. Relationships between humans and bison can be traced back for at least 30,000 years, as evidenced by images painted on the walls of caves such as Chauvet, Trois Freres and others in Europe.

This exhibit’s focus on the bison provides a lens through which to explore changes in the natural environment and human cultures from the Ice Age to the 21st century in North America. While bison are certainly worthy of study on their own, it is their long-intertwined history with humans that sets them apart from virtually all other wild animals. The story of the buffalo is the story of environmental change and adaptation in North America. It also is the human story of subsistence, exploration, greed, ingenuity, survival and responsibility for another species.

Traditional Beadwork Demonstration presented by Lambda Alpha and the TU Indigenous Society

Update: this event has moved to an online event. If you would like supplies to make your own bead craft or would like to just watch online, please contact Madeline Jennings at by Thursday evening (for supplies) to register and receive the online link.

Join Lexie Tafoya, members of Lambda Alpha and the TU Indigenous Society for a demonstration of traditional beadworking. This beautiful art has existed for centuries and persists today through the dedication of individuals like Lexie. Refreshments will be provided.

TU Graduate School Coffee Pop-Ups

Stop by for a hot cup of coffee and a treat to start the morning! We will also share information about the TU graduate programs available in your field of interest and answer any questions you may have about how to apply to graduate school. Learn more about the application process, graduate school exams, scholarship opportunities and how you can begin earning credits for graduate school as a junior or senior while in your undergrad program!

Anthropology Department Holiday Party

Join the anthropology department for a potluck dinner and holiday party. Bring your favorite dish to share!

There will also be a white elephant gift exchange (bring a gift, get a gift – $10 maximum value), followed by a holiday movie selected by the Lambda Alpha GroupMe.

Anthropology Senior Presentations

Join us in Harwell Hall to learn about the fascinating research our Anthropology seniors have been doing.

The presentations begin at 11:30 a.m. and run until noon when we break for lunch. The rest of the presentations will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Haunted Harwell Hall

Stop by Harwell Hall on Oct. 29 – if you dare! Lambda Alpha will be putting on a spooky haunted house. Afterwards, join us for a fun Halloween movie. It’s sure to be a great time – after all, when your building has multiple skeletons in it year ’round, you know it’s gonna be good! Harwell Hall is located near Kendall Hall and Oliphant Hall. Costumes are optional and there will be popcorn and other refreshments!

Anthropology Open House

Join the Anthropology department in Harwell Hall for an open house! This is an opportunity for the TU community to tour the department where you can see animal and human bones, stone tool artifacts, taxidermied animals and much more. Whether you are thinking of a new major, taking a class or just have an intense curiosity, you will have a chance to talk to many of our professors and current students to learn more about anthropology and archaeology. Harwell Hall is located near Kendall Hall and Oliphant Hall and refreshments will be available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Miriam Belmaker at

Anthropology Pop Up Event

Join our faculty for a discussion about majoring in Anthropology. Learn about job placement, internships and study abroad options!

Oklahoma Archaeology Conference (OAC)

The Oklahoma Archaeology Conference (OAC) is a biennial conference devoted to Oklahoma archaeology and archaeologists. This conference aims to bring together diverse stakeholders in the archaeological record, creating community and sharing knowledge around a mutual love of the past. The next Oklahoma Archaeology Conference will be held at The University of Tulsa from March 5-7.

The conference begins on March 5 at 5 p.m. at Gilcrease Museum for the opening reception and poster session. It continues March 6 and 7at the Helmrich Center for American Research (on Gilcrease Museum campus).

Register here for the conference. Event details will also be posted on the conference Facebook page. Please send any inquires or questions to Danielle Macdonald at