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2021 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship


 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship Poster 2021


Dr. Rose Wellman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University of Michigan-Dearborn, will be the guest speaker for the ENMU Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology's 2021 Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship.  Dr. Wellman will speak on "Confronting Islamophobia through Ethnography".  She will begin by addressing the problem of Islamophobia as a form of anti-Muslim racism and then examine how an ethnography of everyday life and state power can lead us beyond the headlines to a better understanding of people's ordinary aspirations and lived experiences in our globalized world. 

Dr. Wellman's lecture will be presented online via Zoom at 5:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 4 and is free and open to the public.  The link to the online presentation is:  https://zoom.us/j/95876223404?pwd=WVRTYWZqZE5sMXN6eGcxcWU0Vm9ndz09  (Meeting ID 958 7622 3404, Passcode 516771)

For more information, call 575.562.2206, email  enmu.anthropology@enmu.edu , or visit https://www.facebook.com/ENMUAnthropology . 

Click here for a copy of the lecture program.


Dr. Rose Wellman is an anthropologist who specializes in Iran and the Middle East. Between 2007 and 2010, she conducted 15 months of ethnographic research in the Islamic Republic, including 10 months in a small town outside of Shiraz.  The result is her forthcoming book, Feeding Iran: Shi'i Families and the Making of an Islamic Republic. She is also the co-editor with Dr. Todne Thomas and Dr. Asiya Malik of New Directions of Spiritual Kinship: Sacred Ties across the Abrahamic Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Dr. Wellman received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014, held a postdoctoral research position at Princeton University's Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies between 2014 and 2017, and is currently an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


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Born April 14, 1936 in Denver, Colorado, Cynthia Irwin-Williams developed an early interest in archaeology.  When she was only 12 and her brother Henry 14, both began working part-time at the Department of Archaeology in the Denver Museum of Natural History.  While there, they formed an association with the curator, Dr. H. Marie Wormington.  These youthful pursuits led to Cynthia's interest in the Archaic period and to professional publications on the Magic Mountain, LoDaiska, and Agate Bluff sites around Denver.

Cynthia attended college at a time when archaeology was a male-dominated field.  Yet, she graduated from Radcliffe College with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology in 1957 and 1958, respectively.  In 1963 she received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. 

Cynthia persevered and quickly made her mark as a professional, having a towering grasp over specialties ranging from archaeology to related aspects of geology, paleontology, climatology, remote sensing, desertification, and desert reclamation.  She taught anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University from 1964 to 1982 and in 1978 was awarded the Llano Estacado Center for Advanced Professional Studies and Research Distinguished Research Professorship.  Cynthia served as President of the Society for American Archaeology from 1977 to 1979, only the second woman to hold that position.  In 1982, Cynthia became executive director of the Social Science Center, Desert Research Institute of Reno, Nevada.  From 1988 until her death in 1990, she held the title of Research Professor, Quaternary Science Center, DRI.

A truly remarkable woman with over 60 publications and 30 years of professional experience, Cynthia is considered to be a role model for women who aspire to scientific careers.  This is why the students of the Eastern New Mexico University Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology have named a lectureship series in honor of Dr. Cynthia Irwin-Williams.

The Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lectureship is held annually at Eastern New Mexico University during the spring semester.  A noted professional in the field of anthropology visits to make class presentations, meet with students, and give a public lecture in the evening.  

For more information about Cynthia Irwin-Williams, check out the article "A Passion for Fieldwork" by Tamara Stewart in the Winter 2007-2008 issue of American Archaeology


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