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  • 22 Oct 2018 8:19 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Dialogue Session -- Facing the Public: Professional Anthropology beyond Academia and Methodology

    15th Annual Public Anthropology Conference  American University Saturday Oct 27, 2018 Mary Graydon Center, Room 247 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    Organizers: 

    Alexandra Sellassie Antohin, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
    Andrea Kim Neighbors, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center 

    Abstract:

    This open-format dialogue will discuss the role of anthropology for enhancing public-facing roles in the fields of education, public policy and governmental affairs. Motivated by a common refrain about the applied nature of anthropology, dominantly confined to iterations such as bio-medical research, consumer ethnographies, corporate relations, and now U/X design, how can we also attend to the more intellectual and interpersonal orientations to cultural difference that inform our work? How does consistent interactions and relationships with participants at museums, P-12 classrooms, policy sessions, formulate a less-acknowledged type of anthropological orientation that is distinct from the discipline's transferable skills and methodologies?

    Oct 27 2018 Anthro Dialogue Session.pdf

  • 15 Sep 2018 8:15 AM | Maria Sprehn

    Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. September 15 Symposium

    The annual symposium of the Pre-Columbian Society/D.C. will take place in Washington on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  This year’s symposium title is “The Peopling of the Americas: Recent Research and Perspectives.”  Six archaeologists (including one with a focus on genetics) will address the still controversial topic of when and how people first arrived in the New World, their migration routes, and the process by which they spread throughout the North and South American continents.

    David Meltzer of Southern Methodist University will serve as symposium moderator.  Other speakers include James Adovasio of Florida Atlantic University; Jon Erlandson of the University of Oregon; Kelly Graf of Texas A & M University; David Kilby of Texas State University, and Jennifer Raff of the University of Kansas.

    Registration is now open for this  one-day event.  Program details and registration information are available on the PCS website: www.pcswdc.org.  Please note that there is a special registration rate for enrolled students.


  • 26 Jun 2018 1:27 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    This Friday Evening: Invitation for WAPA members to the Migration Mixer and Armenian Jazz at the 2018 National Folklife Festival

    WHEN:  Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:30 to 7:00 pm

    WHERE:  Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Mall

    Participant Hospitality Area:  Look for the shady, grassy tree plot along Madison Drive facing the National Museum of American History, between 12th and 14th Street; access Mall side from gravel path.

    The 2018 Festival includes international and transnational research teams and partners, many of whom are involved in research focused on migration at the global and local levels. Come meet old friends, new colleagues, and enjoy a cool drink before an evening concert of Armenian jazz featuring Miqayel Voskanyan and friends.

    Since 2016, the Festival through its ongoing On the Move initiative and AAA have been collaborating on public programs that engage the public in exploring how migration both unsettles and energizes cultural practices and community life. This year, we have organized a series of daily conversations about the role of creativity and culture in making place and community on shifting ground. These include musical demonstrations and live interviews by media hosts with Armenian and Catalan program participants, local cultural producers, and international artists from related Smithsonian initiatives. AAA and This Anthro Life will be documenting and sharing migration stories from the Festival in future podcasts.

    Please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/migration-mixer-2018-smithsonian-folklife-festival-tickets-47312897149.

  • 26 May 2018 4:57 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Bending the Arc - Screening & Panel Discussion

    by National Academy of Medicine

    Date and Time

    Tue, June 5, 2018

    3:30 PM – 6:15 PM EDT

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    Location

    National Academy of Sciences Building

    2101 Constitution Avenue, NW

    Washington, DC 20418

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  • 21 Apr 2018 3:41 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)
    Renowned forensic anthropologist Kari Bruwelheide will be discussing how anthropology uncovered the mysterious death of Robert Kennicott, a 19th century naturalist and collector. After the talk, Kari will be showcasing a few objects from the museum’s Anthropology collection.  This program is free and open to the public with registration here: https://s.si.edu/2JfJMO7
  • 14 Apr 2018 11:50 AM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)
    The Embassy of Canada will be hosting a symposium and art gallery opening about the Arctic explorations of Captain George Comer and his relations with the Inuit of Hudson Bay on May 3, 2018. Comer was born in Canada but moved to the U.S. at an early age. He explored the Arctic from 1875-1919. The exhibition drawn from material collected by Comer, captures a moment in time. Comer’s body of work provides an intimate and sensitive portrait of people whose way of life was changing. His work also reveals his appreciation for the ingenuity  and skills of his Inuit companions. Inuit people supported Comer’s by willingly sharing their knowledge and helping him to survive.


    THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018


    4:30–6:00PM    Symposium: Comer and the Inuit People

    6:00–8:00PM    Opening reception

    EMBASSY OF CANADA

    501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20001
    Government-issued photo ID required for entry
    For questions or to RSVP email: Comer@canadianembassy.org

  • 25 Oct 2017 2:45 PM | Leslie Walker

    FREE ADMISSION -Register Here

    NYU Washington, DC -1307 L Street Northwest

    Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

    This public event is in conjunction with the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) held in Washington DC, November 29 – December 3.  World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration is an AAA initiative designed to change the public conversation about migration, immigration, and displacement. The special event will include the screening of El mar la mar, a documentary on undocumented immigration.


    Still taken from film, El mar la mar (2017)

     Over the last 20 years, the US border patrol is alleged to have retrieved 6,029 human remains from the arid terrain of the Sonoran desert that stretches across the US-Mexico border. The bodies of thousands of others who have tried to enter the US through this treacherous stretch of desert may have been obliterated by the sun before they were found.

     El mar la mar shares the harrowing stories of individuals who attempt this journey. Filmmakers Joshua Bonnetta and JP Sniadecki spent almost three years documenting this hostile environment, filming the landscape, recording wildlife, and talking to border rangers, aid workers and people-smugglers to put together a film that speaks to the devastating reality that many who set out to find a better life in the US never make it through.

    Trailer: https://vimeo.com/205561041


  • 28 Sep 2017 10:44 AM | Ruth Sando (Administrator)

    Please join us on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7 PM for our first meeting of this season.  We will meet at The Charles Sumner School and Museum, 17th and M Streets, NW. You are also welcome to join us first for dinner at 5:30 PM at the Mayflower Hotel, Edgar Bar and restaurant - lobby level (moderately priced).

    "Raising UP The Voices" with Cathleen Crain, Niel Tashima and Reiko Ishihara-Brito of LTG Associates

    We will have a discussion of advocacy videos on raising children in poverty.  LTG Associates recently completed the development of two video ethnographies for The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).  The two video ethnographies and a library of video clips are being used by DHCS for education and advocacy focused on law makers, policy makers, service developers and implementers, and students of social services and sciences.  "Raising UP The Children" brings the voices and stories of low-income parents working to raise fully healthy children.  The video will be shown and there will be an opportunity for discussion with the presenters, Cathleen Crain, Niel Tashima and Reiko Ishihara-Brito  from LTG Associates.

  • 21 May 2017 6:37 AM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    WAPA May Happy Hour

    May 25, 2017

    5:30-7:30 PM

    Mackey’s Public House, 1306 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

     Come to our reinstated WAPA happy hour this Thursday at Mackey’s Public House at 1306 G Street NW, the former location of the Laughing Man Tavern. Note that Mackey’s has moved, and this is NOT the old location where we have had happy hours before. Metro Center is the closest metro station. Reduced price drinks and appetizers will be available until 7:00. I hope everyone can come out to meet and reconnect. Open to all.

  • 29 Apr 2017 7:34 AM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    YOU’RE INVITED… 

    WAPA CARES ETHNOGRAPHY MEETING 

    Sunday, April 30th, 2017

    3-5 P.M. 

    Home of Greyson Harris in Petworth

     

    4309 Kansas Ave. NW, Apt. B

    *Blue house, second door on left

    Washington, DC 20011

     

    Greyson’s Cell:

    530-410-5569

     

    *Feel free to bring snacks or drinks

     

     

    Dear WAPA Ethnography Participants;

    After many discussions between the Purpose Statement, Methodology, and Literature Review groups, we will meet this Sunday to update the entire group. Please forward this email to anyone you don't see on the list who should be. We will update the list at the meeting! 

    There is still much to be discussed and planned if we hope to start interviews in mid-June, but I am confident that we can hash this out together and vote on some of the ideas.

    You will find below a draft purpose statement for the Virginia Ethnography. It is not yet set in stone, nor is the title, so I have asked Greyson to set up an overhead projector where we can look at those and the interview questions in order to discuss and make changes on the spot. The methodology is not yet ironed out, but I think we will get there once the group shares some of their ideas.

    At the meeting, we will figure out which online platform to use for information sharing, and we will place all relevant documents, including a spreadsheet for the literature review there. Please be patient as we have a mutli-generational group with diverse digital skills.

    What is clear is that the faster we get a well-thought-out but simple pilot on the ground, the more likely we are to be able to insert some of our findings in an interactive website, and even start adding a few photos and short video clips with compelling interviews. This is crucial if we want to have an impact beyond academia.

    While lots of us are progressive anthropologists, I think there is a general understanding that we are doing this as a listening project to reflect the complexity of thinking in a swing state like Virginia, so that the public can develop more understanding, empathy, and ultimately feel more empowered about whatever political and civic engagement decisions they make.


    Julienne Gage

    305-527-0504


     


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