Elections, Bylaws, and the International Initiative

February 1, 2014

By Roberto Alvarez
SfAA President’s Column

01Your Board of Directors has been very active over the last few months. As most of you know, the board convenes twice a year, at the spring Annual Meeting and in the fall during the American Anthropological Association Meetings. Our work continues during the year through on-line discussions. As we approach Albuquerque and our 74th Annual Meeting the board has addressed a number of important issues. These include developing a strategic plan for the future and preparing for our 75th Anniversary. We are also addressing new recommendations for the bylaws, are searching for a new editor for Practicing Anthropology and approving a Program Chair for 2015. These are among the many tasks that the Board will address in Albuquerque.

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Destination Albuquerque

February 1, 2014

By Erve Chambers
2014 Program Chair

02The 2014 annual meetings to be held next month in Albuquerque (March 18-22) will be among the largest meetings in our Society’s history. As of the first week of February, there were 1,820 participants preregistered. We will have 250 sessions, with nearly 1,700 individuals on the program. There are about 90 posters to be presented. We are offering 11 workshops and 14 tours, a record number for our meetings. But there is more to be appreciated here than the numbers. I trust you will be impressed by the overall quality of papers and other activities to be offered, and by the considerable diversity of subjects with which the participants are concerned. Among contributors we have a good mix of academic professionals, student presenters, and I think a larger than usual turnabout of anthropologists and other social scientists who practice outside of academia. Twenty-nine countries are represented among the presenters.

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Albuquerque Update: Tours, Workshops, and Lodging

February 1, 2014

By Tom May
SfAA Executive Director


There is still time to register for one (or more) of the tours that will be available in Albuquerque. The following information will provide an update:

The Petroglyph Monument Tour on Tuesday (#2) is almost full; there are four remaining spots.

The tours to Ohkay Owingeh (#5) and Salinas Missions Monument (#7) are unique because of the content and the guides. Prof. Beverly Singer is intimately knowledgeable and the project and she will be assisted by Tomasita Duran, the Executive Director of the Pueblo Housing Authority. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn first-hand about an innovative revitalization project at the Pueblo.

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The SfAA Podcast Project: Spring Update

February 1, 2014

By Jo Aiken
Chair, SfAA Podcast Project
University of North Texas

By Angela Ramer
Associate Chair, SfAA Podcast Project
University of North Texas

The SfAA Podcast Project team is looking forward to the 2014 Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, as we work hard to make this year’s podcast service the best ever. It is our goal to provide members, colleagues, and students across the globe with the means to become engaged with SfAA both during and after the Annual Meeting, regardless of their geographic location. We invite everyone to tune in to the Twitter account, at www.twitter.com/sfaapodcasts, for live updates during the meeting and afterwards for additional information regarding the podcasts.

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We Almost Lost Detroit, Remember?: Applied Anthropology and the Fermi–Fukushima Connection

February 1, 2014

By Brian McKenna
University of Michigan-Dearborn

It stands out on a highway like a Creature from another time. It inspires the babies’ questions, ‘What’s that?’ they ask their mothers as they ride”

—Gil Scott Heron, “We Almost Lost Detroit” 1990

As the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns comes upon us in March, it’s time to reflect on our own Fukushimas. In 1966 the Fermi nuclear reactor outside Detroit Michigan suffered a partial meltdown and came close to a nuclear explosion (Sovacool 2011, Fuller 1975). News of this event was kept from the public for several years. The story was fully revealed in the powerful 1975 book, We Almost Lost Detroit by investigative journalist John Fuller. If you question people on the streets of Detroit today few have any knowledge of the near cataclysm despite ample documentation. It’s as though it never happened.

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