Other Side of Middletown
Eric Lassitre, The Other Side of Middletown,
poses with former Indiana State Representative,
Hurley Goodall and ethnographer Beth Campbell
Other Side of Middletown
Now scattered around the world, many students
from Lassiter's seminar sent greetings and
reported that the project had changed their lives.

Eric Lassiter received the 2005 Margaret Mead Award from The Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association. The award is given to projects that interpret anthropological data and principles in ways that make them meaningful to the public. The purpose of Lassiter's study, The Other Side of Middletown, was to recount "the largely unrecorded history of Muncie's black community which the (initial and subsequent) researchers downplayed."

Other Side of Middletown
Shaffer Chapel in Whiteley, a Muncie
neighborhood, hosted the celebration
as Lassiter and his students had consulted
with community advisers there.