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The Talk of TROY: Professor discusses groundbreaking tobacco discovery

Dr. Stephen Carmody, assistant professor of anthropology, recently contributed to a major discovery regarding the history of tobacco in North America.

Dr. Stephen Carmody, assistant professor of anthropology, recently contributed to a major discovery regarding the history of tobacco in North America.

North Americans have been smoking for much longer than we originally thought, according to anthropology professor Stephen Carmody.



“Eight, nine years ago, when I started this project,” Carmody said, “the oldest evidence of tobacco use was about 2,000 years ago. We have pipes that are 5,000 years old. Maybe even older than that. So there was this pretty substantial gap.”

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Talk of TROY: Professors create ‘A Joyous Exchange’ with new art exhibit

"Setting Eternity in Our Hearts," like all of the pieces in the exhibit, features both text and visual artwork.

The International Arts Center at the Troy Campus is featuring an exhibit called A Joyous Exchange: The Art of Collaboration.  The exhibit features images and texts by music professor Diane Orlofsky and art professor Jerry Johnson who had both recently experienced the death of their fathers.


In her artistic statement, Orlofsky recounts her father’s last moments.

“I saw him breathe his last, leaving us for the father’s care,” Orlofsky…

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