Ever wondered how scientists account for paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, alien life forms and cryptids such as Big Foot and Nessie? This talk explores personal experiences with these almost-human creatures through an anthropological lens. Those who are touched by these encounters know what they saw, but what do they tell us about what can be known?

Come explore these questions with Dr. Cory Wilmott at this event.


Dr. Cory Wilmott Bio: At the introductory level, I enjoy teaching a Freshman Seminar on SIUE history and culture. Students in this class have the opportunity to explore archival texts and photographs of SIUE's past, as well as SIUE's contemporary culture through interviews and digital photography. I also teach ANTH 205 Introduction to Native American Studies, the core course for a new minor housed in the anthropology department.

At the intermediate level, I teach one of our anthropology core courses, ANTH 301 Ethnographic Analysis, in which anthropology majors and minors learn how to analyze quantitative and qualitative data, as well as to polish their fieldwork report and ethnographic writing skills. I also teach courses on Native North Americans and Asian peoples, as well as thematic courses such as Anth 304 Symbols and Culture and Anth 314 Family and Household, in which I employ ethnographies, oral traditions, films and artifacts in order to provide a hands-on learning environment. At the senior level, I concentrate on the Anthropology of Religion and anthropological approaches to Museum Studies.

I am interested in supervising Senior Projects in a wide variety of areas including anything to do with arts and artifacts (a fancy word for "things") and/or images (moving or still) - from any area of the world including your own backyard (literally) - or from any angle including symbolic, economic, political, etc. Religion is another area of specialty. I will very happily mentor students in projects focusing on oral histories and/or narratives. I also enjoy supervising any and all projects relative to Native Americans past and present, as well as some themes related to China, India or Indonesia. I especially welcome projects that utilize museum collections and/or visual data, but there are few ethnographic enterprises that would fail to capture my interest. As a member of the graduate faculty in connection with the Museum Studies Program, I am also interested in supervising graduate student research on any of the above mentioned topics.


When: Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: O'Fallon Public Library, First-floor Community Room

Who: Open to the General Public. You do not need a library card to attend.


Please direct questions about this event to Heidi at [email protected] or 618-206-4344

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