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People of WIU

October 26, 2015

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MACOMB, IL — For an assignment in two of her First Year Experience (FYE) courses last year, Western Illinois University Anthropology Professor Heather McIlvaine-Newsad had her students emulate the popular "Humans of New York" project.

"Anthropology is about telling a story. Sometimes the story is written and sometimes it includes images. Your assignment is to tell a story about the People of WIU. The people—students, faculty, administration, individuals who work in the cafeteria, the Beu Health Center, the construction workers—are all fascinating, but we seldom take time to talk to them and find out their stories," her instructions noted.

See the results of "People of WIU" via a post on the University Relations' "Beyond the Bell Tower" blog at

For more information, contact McIlvaine-Newsad at (309) 298-1264 or via email at

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