May 2019

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President's Message

Apr 26, 2019

The SfAA 2019 meeting in Portland was great! Hats off to Michael Paolisso and the Program Committee for planning a meeting featuring diverse and important work by applied and practicing social...

Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting in Portland

Apr 26, 2019

A very heartfelt thanks to the SfAA members and non-members who made our 79th annual meeting in Portland a success. Many of you shared your very positive and helpful feedback during the meeting, for...

Awards & Prizes

Rockin’: The Sol Tax Award

Apr 30, 2019

By Jeanne Simonelli, Chair - Do you have a mentor that never seems to stop applying social science? Is there someone who seems to work quietly in the background, but yet seems to be everywhere? Now...

Report on the Hackenberg Prize Winner and Session, 2019

Apr 30, 2019

The prestigious Robert A. and Beverly H. Hackenberg Prize is awarded at Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) annual meetings. It is given to SfAA members whose collaborative work with community...

Seven Take-Away Points from Yolanda T. Moses’ Michael Kearney Lecture, given at the SfAA Annual Meeting, Portland OR, March 21, 2019

Apr 30, 2019

While the AAA Race Project reveals the social and cultural underpinnings of structural racism and the power dynamics that operate to maintain our highly racialized and stratified social system, more...


Apr 30, 2019

The Society for Applied Anthropology considers each year nominations for the Malinowski Award. This Award is presented to a senior social scientist in recognition of a career dedicated to...


May 1, 2019

The Society sponsors an annual student research paper competition in the name of a former President, Peter K. New. The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the...

TIGs & Committees

From Frack’s Folly to Fine Food: ExtrACTION and Environment in Portland and Beyond

Apr 30, 2019

By Jeanne Simonelli - “I try to leave every conference thinking about what I’ll organize next year while the excitement and interests of others are still fresh in my mind,“ says ExtrACTION’s...

Anthropology of Higher Education – Topical Interest Group (TIG) Update

Apr 30, 2019

By Lauren Herckis and Brian Foster, Co-Chairs - This year’s annual meeting in Portland saw more than 100 papers associated with Higher Ed TIG sessions, making this a fourth successful SfAA meeting....

Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Committee, SfAA Portland Meeting – March 2019

Apr 30, 2019

By Eric Bailey - As Chair of the Human Rights and Social Justice (HRSJ) Committee, I would like to submit my observations and initial comments from this year’s Society for Applied Anthropology...

The Society for Disability Studies at SfAA 2019

Apr 30, 2019

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) organized a strand of 7 sessions with 35 presenters. Our Friday afternoon panel, Inclusion on Campus: The Role of Anthropology, was featured as an SfAA...

Risk and Disaster TIG

Apr 30, 2019

By Thomas Hanson & Mei Johnson - The 2019 annual meeting of the SFAA was another success for the Risk and Disaster TIG. We were able to sponsor 21 panels and 115 papers/round table speakers (with...

STRANGERS IN TOWN - Immigration Initiative

Apr 30, 2019

STRANGERS IN TOWN is a 33-minute documentary film that looks at how global migration enriched Garden City, Kansas, transforming this small town into a multicultural mecca on the High Plains. Since...

Policy Committee

May 2, 2019

The Public Policy Committee has focused on providing educational opportunities and materials to SfAA members on policy engagement skills. There are many different areas in which we have expertise and...

Books & Other Publications Corner

Birth in Eight Cultures (Long Grove IL: Waveland Press, 2019)

Apr 30, 2019

Robbie Davis-Floyd and Melissa Cheyney are delighted to announce the publication their co-edited Birth in Eight Cultures (Long Grove IL: Waveland Press, 2019). Following on from Jordan’s classic...

Landscapes of Power By Dana E. Powell

Apr 30, 2019

In Landscapes of Power Dana E. Powell examines the rise and fall of the controversial Desert Rock Power Plant initiative in New Mexico to trace the political conflicts surrounding native sovereignty...

Challenging the Prevailing Paradigm of Displacement and Resettlement: Risks, Impoverishment, Legacies, Solutions

Apr 30, 2019

Development-caused forced displacement and involuntary resettlement has increased exponentially in recent years, making it one of the top problems on the international development agenda. In...

Announcement of new publication: FEMA Report focused on a culture-based approach to preparedness

Apr 30, 2019

We are pleased to announce a new 38-page report from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Higher Education program, entitled Building Cultures of Preparedness. You can access the...

Organic Food, Farming and Culture

Apr 30, 2019

Janet Chrzan is happy to announce the release of her new volume from Bloomsbury Press: Organic Food, Farming and Culture provides readers with real-world case studies and a comprehensive introduction...

Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education

Apr 30, 2019

Immigration, Diversity and Student Journeys to Higher Education presents an in-depth understanding of how immigrant students at a major public research university balanced keeping their family...

Oral History

Chinese Buddhist Philosophy to a Career of Service to the Society: Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project Interview with John A. Young

Apr 30, 2019

John A. Young has had a distinguished career as an applied anthropologist at Oregon State University where he served as department chair for 18 years. During his service there he was a major factor...

Strategic Initiatives on Policy and Legislation

Apr 30, 2019

By John Young - In the historical interview published in this newsletter, Don Stull and I discussed the age-old question of why anthropologists have so little impact on policy and legislation, even...

Teaching Applied Anthropology

Awareness of Risk in Experiental Learning

Apr 30, 2019

By Kellen Gilbert - Students in my upper level anthropology class work on a wildlife conservation project based in Tanzania from the (relative) comforts of our classroom here in Louisiana. They work...

Announcements & Initiatives

SfAA Member Honored

Apr 30, 2019

Ruth Watson Lubic, CNM, Ed.D, a doctoral graduate of Teachers College, Columbia--1979 was honored by the New York Academy of Medicine in June, 2018 as its First Urban Health Equity Champion. More...

The International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to Safe & Respectful MotherBaby-Family Maternity Care

Apr 30, 2019

The International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) have joined forces to develop a single global initiative for...

From Cory W. Whitney and Colleagues at the University of Bonn - On Biodiversity

Apr 30, 2019

The tropical forests of Myanmar are situated within the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot and support a great diversity of edible and medicinal plant species. Many of these useful plants can be found...


Apr 30, 2019

Department chairs and directors of graduate / undergraduate studies, please mark your calendars for June 11-13, 2019 at Loyola University, Chicago, where AAA will sponsor the Department Leaders...

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