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Public Anthropology Conference 2015

12th Annual Public Anthropology Conference

"Shifting Climates: Dialogues of the Urgent and Emergent"

Public Anthropology Conference 2015Thanks to everyone who attended the 12th Annual Public Anthropology Conference - we had an incredible two days of communities gathering together to address the ongoing changes in our society and to discover ways we could put our scholarly activism to work in the world.

Panelists and audience members participated in dialogues about urgent and emergent global concerns including climate change, economic development, armed conflict, international human rights abuses, racial injustice, medical emergencies, and sexual and gender inequalities, among others. We explored our roles as practitioners, teachers, students, and interested members of the public within these shifting climates and discovered how we could produce and support positive social, environmental, economic, and political change. 

A special keynote session on Saturday Oct. 3, 4:30–6:30, featured guest speakers Denis Provencher, Judith Goode, and Laurie Krieger as they commemorated retiring/transitioning AU faculty members William Leap, Brett Williams, and Gretchen Schafft and their dedication to public anthropology.

Look forward to seeing everyone next year for our 13th Annual Public Anthropology Conference at American University!

2015 Keynotes

Denis M. Provencher’s work explores representations and performances of citizenship, gender, sexuality, religion, and hate speech in global contexts. Denis is associate professor of French and intercultural communication, and affiliate associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and has published two monographs and a number of journal articles and chapters. Denis honored William Leap and his work.
Please see also: Denis Provencher faculty page at UMBC.

Judith Goode spoke about Brett Williams. Judith is known for her pioneering urban anthropology, which first took place in Medellin and Bogota, Colombia. Throughout the 1970s, she conducted urban ethnography in Philadelphia, and she has served in several prominent leadership roles in the field, working to make the voice of anthropology more central to debates about public issues. She is professor emerita at Temple University. Please see also: Judith Goode faculty page at Temple U.

Laurie Krieger honored Gretchen Schafft. Laurie is a medical anthropologist who serves as Senior Advisor in Health and Social Science for The Manoff Group, a woman-owned, small consulting firm working in international health. She has held many leadership roles in fieldwork and on prominent committees and is the author of numerous research papers in the gray literature. Laurie has also authored training curricula, assessments, strategies, manuals, and public health “tools,” in addition to publishing academic literature. She has been a long-time member of WAPA, the oldest local practitioner organization in anthropology, where Gretchen is one of the founders. Please see also: Laurie Krieger bio at Manoff Group.

PAC 2015

October 3-4, 2015
Mary Graydon Center
American University

2015 PAC Poster
2015 PAC Schedule


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