Reflections on Albuquerque, and, a Broadway Discussion

August 1, 2013

By Roberto Alvarez
[r1alvarez@ucsd.edu]
SFAA President’s Column

Albuquerque

01In June I had the opportunity to visit Albuquerque, New Mexico the site of our upcoming meeting in 2014. Although I’d visited the city before, on this trip I was there to assist in the planning for the annual conference. I trailed along with Erve Chambers (our Program Chair) and Tom May (SfAA Business Office Executive Director) as we met with UNM faculty, practitioners, the Convention Bureau and visited the National Hispanic Cultural and The Indian Pueblo Cultural Centers. We explored a variety of ambiences: places, people, and ideas that will make up the 74th SfAA annual meetings.

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From the Treasurer In Focus: SfAA Journal Subscriptions

August 1, 2013

By Jennifer R. Wies
[jennifer.wies@eku.edu]
Eastern Kentucky University

03In the last SfAA News, I described the Society’s Trusts, including the Annual Awards Trust and the Peter and Mary L. New Trust. This month, I turn to a discussion of the Society’s journal subscriptions and how they figure into our annual budget. The Society maintains two subscription-based journals, Human Organization and Practicing Anthropology. Both journals are substantial revenue streams for the Society and contribute to the dissemination of applied social science research.

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Let’s Get Together in Albuquerque in 2014

August 1, 2013

By Erve Chambers
[echamber@umd.edu]
2014 Program Chair

As I prepare this column the summer is slipping away and we are getting closer to the deadline for submitting proposals to participate in the Society’s 74th annual meeting, to be held March 18-22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As we anticipate a good turnout, it might be advisable to brush off the old keyboard and put a proposal together.  Submissions for single presentations are welcome, as are organized sessions on a particular topic. Contributors are encouraged to submit session proposals for standard paper presentations as well as for roundtable discussions and other more innovative formats. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you want to discuss any particular formats or ideas for sessions that you might have.

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Towards a New Water Ethic

August 1, 2013

By David Groenfeldt
[dgroenfeldt@waterculture.org]
Water-Culture Institute

04The environmental literature is replete with cries of concern about the damage we humans are doing to the planet, but this very concern begs another question:   Why isn’t our planet in even worse shape? If dysfunctional cultural values are part of the problem, maybe we can approach that problem by considering the values that are operating in the other direction, the “good” values that serve as a brake on runaway environmental destruction.

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How I Organized a War on Drugs Conference, Anthropologically

August 1, 2013

By Brian McKenna
[mckenna193@aol.com]
University of Michigan-Dearborn

05McGruff, the Crime Dog, was puffing as he charged up the stairs. The Philadelphia police officer removed his doggie headdress and took me aside. “I just got back from teaching one of those drug bastards a lesson he’ll never forget,” he said, his tail brushing over the carpet. “We took [an African American] and hung him over a train trestle in West Philly by his thumbs. Three stories up. We threatened to drop him if he didn’t stop selling drugs. You shoulda seen his face.”

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