SfAA President’s Column

May 1, 2013

By Roberto Alvarez
[oloberto@ucsd.edu]
University of California, San Diego

Roberto Alvarez

Roberto Alvarez

Denver and the Case of the Paris Auction

Let me begin by thanking all of you who attended our annual meeting in Denver, Colorado and making it a success. Unlike previous years when I attended sessions as a regular member, this year I was the novice President running to attend a variety of administrative meetings, and seeing the activity from the inside. Those of you who organized sessions, presented papers, posters and roundtables made Denver a meeting worth remembering. Although a snowstorm chilled the air, the ambience of our meeting was one of good will, warm collegiality and substantive dialogue. Our business staff, Melissa, Trish, Neil, and Tom, were phenomenal and at the ready for all and any needs. I learned much and am grateful to all of you. Thanks to our Program co-chairs, Namino Glantz and Margaret LeCompte and to all of the folks on the program committee.

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2013 Annual Meeting in Denver Wrap-Up

May 1, 2013

By Tom May
[tom@sfaa.net]
SfAA Executive Director

Tom May

Tom May

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society convened at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Denver, Colorado, March 20-23. The weather cooperated (until the final day) and by all accounts the meeting was stimulating and enjoyable.

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Denver Meetings Follow-Up

May 1, 2013

By Merrill Eisenberg
[merrill@u.arizona.edu]
University of Arizona

Merrill Eisenberg

Merrill Eisenberg

Thanks to the 318 members who responded to the Denver Meeting Evaluation!  We had about a 22% response rate.  Most of the responders were faculty (41%) or students (44%); independent contractors accounted for about 5% of the responders, NGO employees accounted for about 4% and 3% were government employees.  The rest were university staff (2%) or for-profit employees (1%).

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Bylaws Revision Update

May 1, 2013

By Merrill Eisenberg
[merrill@u.arizona.edu]
University of Arizona

Merrill Eisenberg

Merrill Eisenberg

The SfAA Bylaws update project is moving forward. In the February News I provided a summary of the issues that are not yet resolved and I asked for input from members. In Denver, we began a discussion of these issues at the Business Meeting. Here I will provide a summary of member comments received to date. Additional comments from members may be submitted through June 15. The Board will then use all of the comments to inform their decision as to what should appear in the Bylaws revision. The revised Bylaws will go to a vote of the membership in the Fall. Hopefully, this will be the last entirely paper ballot election we conduct as the revised Bylaws will allow us to conduct elections electronically.

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Human Rights and Social Justice Committee at the SfAA Meetings in Denver

May 1, 2013

By Carla Pezzia
[carla.pezzia@gmail.com]
HRSJ Committee Chair
University of Texas-San Antonio

Carla Pezzia

Carla Pezzia

The Human Rights and Social Justice Committee met on Thursday, March 21, from 2:00-3:50. We started our meeting with a roundtable discussion on Emerging Human Rights and Social Justice Issues of the Day, facilitated by Christine Ho. The focus of this discussion was violence, particularly the recent increase in gun violence and drone attacks. In previous years, emerging topics for roundtable discussions included the Arab Spring and Occupy movements. We expect to organize a similar discussion for the meetings in Albuquerque based on any HRSJ issues that arise over the next year.

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