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
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
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 www.TilotamaProductions.com
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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.
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.
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
The 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.
Missed the webinar? Download and view it by clicking here.
Download the webinar's presentation here.
February 19, 2014: Rosemary Joyce
Best 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
·Inclusive admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen
out applicants and looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of
·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.
January 22, 2014: Riall Nolan
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
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Click here to download the PowerPoint used in the webinar.