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David Lanni, '13

David at Graduation

i.     What got you interested in Anthropology?

I transferred to Brockport with a major in anthropology after completing my Associates Degree at Genesee Community College. After taking an online class on cultural anthropology at GCC, I decided that it was the right fit for me to work towards when I transferred. While at Brockport I was able to focus more on honing in on my interests which was museum studies and public history. By working at the Emily L. Knapp Museum in Brockport and the Rochester Museum and Science Center I was able to see how a degree in something you love to do can be used to build a career.

ii.     How would you describe your learning experience as an anthropology major at Brockport?

My time as an anthropology major at Brockport was a blast! Being such a small department it truly felt like a family environment. Whenever I needed assistance with anything I knew I could always email, call, or visit any of my professors. I was able to build great friendships with all of my classmates through classes and Anthro club. My most memorable experiences in Brockport revolve around working at the Emily L. Knapp Museum. Working with the various collections (mostly antique farm equipment) shaped my future goals and allowed me something to work towards achieving.

 Dr. Ramsay and David Lanni at Graduation Party

iii.     What are your future plans?

My future plans are to attend Syracuse University to complete my Master’s in Museum studies. In the mean time I have been volunteering at the Rochester Museum and Science Center building my experience.

Last Updated 5/28/14


Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).