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Professional Women in Advocacy’s Annual Conference @ The National Press Club
Nov 10 all-day
A State of Emergency: Anthropology and Political Advocacy @ The George Washington University Tompkins Hall of Engineering
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join leading anthropologists the night before the inauguration for a panel discussion, free and open to the public, about ways to get involved in Congressional policy making under the Trump administration.

George Washington University
Tomkins Hall, Room 208
5:30– 7pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Panel participants include: Hugh Gusterson (GWU), Susan Terrio (Georgetown), Attiya Ahmad (GWU), Eben Kirksey (UNSW Australia), Mark Edberg (GWU), Ed Liebow (AAA Executive Director)

Later this year six thousand anthropologists will come to Washington DC—experts on racism, militarism, human rights, migration, sexuality, gender, power, and the environment. We can collectively leverage this expertise to help change the conversation in Washington during the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings next November. Join the conversation and help set the agenda!

Shortly after Trump was elected, the AAA passed the following resolution. It is time to start translating our collective knowledge into concrete legislative actions.

“Whereas, the 2016 American presidential campaign has been characterized by unprecedented rhetoric that has injured, traumatized, and dehumanized Mexican Americans, immigrants and undocumented people, African Americans, Asian Americans, [email protected], Native Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Muslims, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, Jews, survivors of sexual assault, women, Palestinians, and their allies;

Whereas, multiple women charged the winning candidate with sexual assault, and terrorist organizations including the Ku Klux Klan – advocates of racism, gun violence, and misogyny –openly endorsed him,

Whereas, during the course of the campaign, numerous threats were made against anti-racist and feminist politicians, academics and activists;

Whereas, the cost of this climate of hostility has diminished students’ and faculty’s ability to thrive in their intellectual and learning environments;

Whereas, a documented spike in hate crimes and harassment has followed the election, with over 400 reported accounts of hate crimes to date; Whereas, the discipline of anthropology is uniquely placed to contribute valuable insights about migration, diversity, and racism;

Therefore, we call on the American Anthropological Association’s Executive Board to issue a statement that condemns the climate of hostility that threatens the personal and intellectual diversity of our community. We ask that this statement reaffirm AAA’s commitment to protecting academic freedom and urge anthropologists to stand in solidarity with students and colleagues who may find themselves under attack. We encourage the AAA to work collaboratively with other professional organizations and institutions of higher learning to achieve these goals.”

Household Water Insecurity Experiences – Research Coordination Network Reception
Feb 14 – Feb 17 all-day

NSF Funds Research Coordination Network for Household Water Insecurity

The National Science Foundation (Geography and Spatial Science Program) has funded the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN) to operate at the strategic intersection of social science discovery, policy, and practice. The project is under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Jepson (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University) and Co-PIs Dr. Justin Stoler (Department of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Miami), Dr. Amber Wutich (Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University), and Dr. Sera Young (Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University).

RCN Goals and Activities

The HWISE-RCN’s mission is to build a community of practice and collaboration that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. Our objectives are to promote cutting edge research about the experiences and assessment of household water insecurity, and to create a network that supports scientific discovery and professional development. Our goals are to (1) integrate geospatial methodologies into existing HWISE research (2) evaluate how HWISE methods and concepts can be translated to household water insecurity experiences in high- and middle-income regions, and (3) establish and cultivate key pathways to translate HWISE discoveries to NSF research priority efforts.

HWISE Collaborations now include over 40 scholars from 24 U.S. and international institutions across the career spectrum and disciplines including social sciences, public health, water-sector professionals, policy makers, and development practitioners. Please visit our website to learn more about the project or how you can join as a member.

Upcoming Activities

The network will launch and host a reception at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual meeting in Washington, DC from February 14-17, 2019. This event will be an opportunity to learn more about the network activities and will highlight our HWISE Scale and Development project