I think that SACC ought to have a presence at this. We are
practitioners, really, as we are more embedded in the community base
than most educational institutions
From: AAA [mailto:members@...
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 1:47 PM
To: Lewine, Mark
Subject: Participate! Practicing Anthropology Working Group (PAWG) of
Dear AAA Section Members:
The Practicing Anthropology Working Group (PAWG) of the AAA has been
meeting regularly over the past year to develop ways for the AAA to
better meet the needs of practitioners. (See the May 2005 Anthropology
Newsletter, p. 20, for some background.)
As a means to help promote this end, the PAWG will sponsor a
practitioner's booth at the upcoming AAA meeting in Washington, DC. A
letter similar to this has been distributed to several interested AAA
section leaders to invite their participation; you may have already
received a note from your section leadership. The booth will help AAA
sections provide information about their groups and their relevance to
anthropological practitioners. In addition, there will be a special
focus on providing assistance to students interested in practicing
Table space will be provided for sections to distribute information,
with computer availability for online and electronic displays. It is
hoped that section members will volunteer at the booth to answer
questions about their section activities as well as help out the larger
booth (an orientation sheet will be provided).
In addition, sections members are encouraged to discuss their
specialties or interests more in depth with interested meeting
attendees. A mentoring booth will feature scheduled mentoring sessions,
as well as "instant mentoring" possibilities for walk-up mentees at the
main booth. This has been done at past meetings with great success.
The booth will be active during the exhibit hall hours: Thursday,
December 1 through Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three
PAWG is committed to having a broad array of different sections of the
AAA having a clear presence at the booth, both in terms of information
they might want to convey with regard to their relevance to
practitioners in anthropology and in terms of their providing assistance
to students (and to practitioners themselves) who are particularly
interested in practicing anthropology careers.
In addition, the booth will promote the work to date of the working
group and obtain new survey data from meeting attendees. The essential
heart of the initiative which created the working group is to increase
the number of practicing anthropologists members (of the AAA) through
the development of targeted programs, services, and products directed
toward practicing anthropologists. Booth visitors will also be
encouraged to submit requests and suggestions for future booth efforts.
If you are available for an hour or two during the AAA meetings, please
contact coordinator Terry Redding at terrymredding@...
Wednesday, November 23. The earlier you can sign up the easier it will
be to accommodate specific scheduling requests.
Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you in