2014 Webinar Series

Beginning in the Fall, the AAA webinar series will be twice a month, one webinar focusing on professional development strategies, the other focusing on more topical subjects.  While the AAA Webinar team takes a hiatus for the summer, we have set up a voting system to determine "topical" subjects that would work well as webinars for the coming season.  We encourage you to vote, and if there is a subject not listed you think would make for a good webinar, add it to the list so others can vote on it as well!

September 17, 2014: Ken C Erickson


Doing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

Dr. Erickson is the CEO of PacEth -- a small market and design research firm that uses anthropological methods to help organizations understand consumers and design better products and services for them -- and International Business faculty member at the Darla Moore School of Business, U. South Carolina

Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and theory have found significant purchase in the business world.  Sometimes.  The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing them means.  Bringing anthropological stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the nature of business.  Fundamental questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field, this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change organizational practices.


To register for the webinar, click here.  When the event begins, the password will be "anthro"

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May 8, 2014: Harjant Gill

Harjant Gill  Ethnography And Film

On May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY).  Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is

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To register for the webinar, click here.  When the event begins, the password will be "anthropology"


May 5, 2014: Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

A Troublesome Inheritance - A discussion on genes, race and human history with author Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

On May 5, 2014 at 1pm a lively discussion between author Nicholas Wade and anthropologist Agustin Fuentes will be moderated by AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. You can view the webinar straight from WebEx here, or view it on YouTube here.

Nicholas Wade (c)-New York TimesNicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College, Cambridge. He was deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and a science editor. Wades latest book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (Penguin Press) will be available on May 6.

Augustin FuentesAgustín Fuentes, trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Fuentes is author of Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (University of California Press).

To register for the webinar, click here. When the event begins the password will be "anthro".

March 19, 2014: Mark Aldenderfer

Mark AldenderferThe Bar is Very High:Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect

On March 19, 2014 at 2pm Mark Aldenderfer, UC Merced will lead the third installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday series. Presenting on the topic of academic dossier evaluation, Mark will address topics that include:

·Crafting tenure dossiers and the importance of publishing records (including online publishing)

·The realities of what PhDs can expect during the tenure evaluation process and being prepared

·Department culture and the expectations of deans, chairs, admins and colleagues

The webinar will be of particular interest to graduate students, recent PhDs, as well as AAA Section Leadership and volunteers.

Mark S. Aldenderfer is an American anthropologist and archaeologist. He is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. He has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Aldenderfer received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1977. He is known in particular for his comparative research into high-altitude adaptation and for contributions to quantitative methods in archaeology. He has also served as editor of several journals in anthropology and archaeology.

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February 19, 2014: Rosemary Joyce

Rosemary JoyceBest  Practices: Recruitment and Retention of underrepresented minorities into anthro  programs
  On February 19, 2014 at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar  event with Dr Rosemary Joyce on the topic of Best Practices:Recruitment and  Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs.The  webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology students, faculty,  department chairs and administrators.The program will cover topics such as:
  ·Developing  a pipeline—reaching out to minority students through strategic partnerships  with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and  Universities, and professional organizations
  ·Inclusive  admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen out applicants and  looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of academic merit
  ·Mentoring  for retention and completion-- clearly defined benchmarks of progress, and  formal required consultation of students and faculty to communicate progress  and benchmarks
Rosemary Joyce
, Professor of Anthropology at the  University of California, Berkeley, received the PhD from the University of  Illinois-Urbana in 1985. Currently Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at  Berkeley, she oversees graduate admissions, academic careers, and professional  development that annually produce the largest number of doctorates granted to  students from under-represented populations. As a member of the anthropological  archaeology program at Berkeley, she was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin  Citation for Distinguished Service from the Committee on Student Diversity and  Academic Development of Berkeley's Academic Senate in recognition of the  success of the program in increasing diversity. She has been a mentor of  undergraduates in the McNair and Mellon-Mays programs and in the UC  Presidential Postdoctoral program intended to increase diversity among faculty  in academia.

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Click here to download a PDF of the PowerPoint used in the webinar.

Password: anthropology


January 22, 2014: Riall Nolan

riallnolan2The webinar topic is professional development and career building for  anthropologists outside of the academy. Program topics will include CV writing,  job search tips, interviewing and more. This webinar will be of particular  interest to advanced graduate students, those who have recently earned their  PhD and those seeking practicing anthropology careers.

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Click here to download the PowerPoint used in the webinar.

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    Password: anthropology




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