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Congrats to grad students Ghassan Rafeedie and Matt Buttacavoli- Anthropology Bowl

Posted Apr. 30, 2013

NEWS-AnthropologyBowlTwo Kent State anthropology graduate students Matt Buttacavoli and Ghassan Rafeedie won the first-ever “Anthropology Bowl” at the Central States Anthropological Society conference in St. Louis, Mo. in April. The competition, which divided students into six teams, was part of the three-day conference.

“It felt good to represent the anthropology department here at Kent State,” says Rafeedie. “The department has done a lot for us as students and for me personally, and I think they deserve to be represented well.”

The two-hour competition pitted students from colleges and universities all over the Midwest against each other. Contestants were quizzed on four fields of anthropology: cultural, biological, linguistics and archaeology.

Both Rafeedie and his professor, Richard Feinberg, hope to see the competition expand into a larger portion of the conference.

“The general feeling is that the competition was pretty successful,” says Feinberg. “It stands a good chance at becoming annual.”

The winning team won free admission into next year’s competition. Rafeedie encourages all anthropology students to attend both the Central States Anthropological Society conference and the “Anthropology Bowl.”

“It was a great opportunity to listen to the ideas of my colleagues around the Midwest and talk to fellow anthropologists about my work,” says Rafeedie. “We have a small department here at Kent State, so an opportunity to get in touch with a number of other anthropologists is a good thing.”