Archive for March, 2013

Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium

WHAT: “Grounding the Asian American & Pacific Islander Policy Voice Through Survey,” the second annual convening of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Research Consortium
This free, one-day event examines the challenges and benefits of national and local surveys, explores how other research methods complement surveys, and develops an agenda to increase university-community and university-government collaborations through surveys. For program and registration, please see Come learn from the nation’s leading experts on Asian American and Pacific Islander survey design. Come learn from the nation’s leading experts on Asian American and Pacific Islander survey design.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (10am-6pm)
WHERE: University of Washington, Husky Union Building, 4001 Northeast Stevens Way,Seattle, Washington
Conference Program:
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Student Session
12:15 pm – 12:55 pm Registration
1:00 pm – 1:10 pm Opening: Shirley Hune (UW)
1:10 pm – 1:25 pm Keynote: The Value of Scientifically Sound Surveys for Public Policy Planning and Making
                             Kendee Yamaguchi (Director of Policy, Legislative Affairs and External Relations for WA State Office of the Attorney General)
1:30 pm – 2:20 pm National Surveys: Models, Challenges, and Opportunities
                             Carolyn Wong – moderator (UMass Boston); Butch de Castro- The National Latino and Asian American Study (UW); Cary Fund – The Rise of Asian Americans Survey (Pew Research Center); Karthick Ramakrishnan – Asian American Political Participation Survey (UC Riverside)
2:25 pm – 3:15 pm State and Local Efforts: Representing Community Views
                             Donald Chi – moderator (UW); Ninez Ponce – California Health Interview Survey (UCLA); Sophia Cheng and Asma Men – A3PCON (UCLA); Sili Savusa – Pacific Islander communities (Executive Director, White Center Community Development Association)
3:30 pm – 4:35 pm Methodological Intersections: Survey and Complementary Approaches
                             Linda Vo – moderator (UCI); Monica Trieu (Purdue); Michael Itti (Asian Pacific Islander Voices in Education Initiative, Win/Win); Sharyne Shiu-Thornton (Interim Community Development Association)
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Session:
                             Paul Ong (UCLA); Butch de Castro (UW and Board Member, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum); Hyeok Kim (Interim Community Development Association and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders); Taeku Lee (UC Berkeley)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

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Kendra Wendel places 3rd in SfAA Poster Competition

At the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Denver this March, Kendra Wendel’s poster entitled Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) Ethnohydrology: Ecological and Management Knowledge of Water and Perceptions of Restoration in Two Southern Great Basin Protected Areas was awarded third place (out of 86) in the poster competition. Congrats Kendra!

Below: PSU students represent the program at the 2013 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting




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Athens: Heritage and Modernity June 23 – July 4, 2013

Athens: Heritage and Modernity June 23 – July 4, 2013

Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens

This 12 day visit of Athens will be a thoughtful exploration of the history and preservation and conservation issues facing the city, organized around a series of lectures and visits lead by some of the top Athenian archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. Our deadline for applying is April 30, 2013.

The faculty of our program includes Dr. Manolis Korres, Chief Architect on the Acropolis Restoration Project, who will lead lectures and visits to the Acropolis area. Please visit our website and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits.

The program is intended for people studying, or professionally involved in, the fields of: History, Archaeology, Architecture Art History, Architecture, Urban Planning, Anthropology, Conservation and Historic Preservation, but is also open for people with a general interest in preservation.

Those interested in this program can get further information at our website.

You may also be interested in our other field school programs this summer in Italy, in particular our classes and workshop on the Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics (May 26 thru June 22nd). The deadline for this program has been extended to April 15th, 2013. Please visit our website for more information.

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The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network summer academy

The The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network has extended their deadline for their summer academy, serving environmental anthropologists, human ecologists, ethnoscientists and others.

What is the Summer Academy?

The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network Summer Academy is a one-week program providing intensive leadership training on global sustainability to undergraduate students.

Instructors include university professors as well as leaders from government agencies and non-profit organizations. The format will include field lectures, discussions, field applications, and social networking. Students who complete the program requirements will receive a Certificate in Global Leadership and Sustainability.


To be eligible, students must be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates with career interests related to natural or cultural
resource management, environmental science, or management of public lands.

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Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

Introducing the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School
Culture & Environment
Latin America & Caribbean

Hosting two summer sessions in 2013

Session 1 — May 18 to June 30
Session 2 — July 6 to August 18

Please see our site for more information:

Each of the Six Week Field School Sessions will be structured to maximize the guest Student’s training and field experiences, as well as opportunities to enjoy the natural and man-made wonders of Isla Mujeres. Each week students will experience Field Work with their Local Expert Mentors, along with Excursions, such as taking a Lanchero to the Contoy Island Nature Preserve, swimming in the open Caribbean Sea with Whale Sharks, touring the Isla Mujeres Tortugranja Turtle Preserve, diving or snorkeling at the Cancun Subaquatic Museum, or visiting the Mayan ruins on the island and at Chichén Itzá.

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School provides:

• Practical experience in Ethnographic Methods, Research Design, analysis and ethics through formal training and field research

• Engagement in Cross Cultural Processes to gain an on-the-ground perspective of everyday life through internships with local native mentors, families and cultural activities

• Study in the complex social and political contexts of the relationship between Culture and Environment in an amazing location that thrives on eco-tourism and environmental protection

• PADI Open Water Dive Certification and Spanish Language Boot Camp

• Informed Career Counseling and Direction by experts to further your career in the competitive professional and academic field of Anthropology

Visiting Students will experience much of what the Isla Mujeres has to offer, such as swimming with Whale Sharks, sea turtle preservation efforts, visiting a nearby nature preserve island, open water diving certification, snorkeling and diving reefs, swimming with dolphins, diving an underwater sculpture museum and much more!

Isla Mujeres is a very small island in the Caribbean, located about 8 miles off of the coast of Cancun. Spanning about 5 miles long and a half mile wide at its widest point, Isla Mujeres is a Mexican Caribbean treasure. Here you will find the remains of an ancient Mayan temple to the Goddess Ixchel, and although Spanish is the official language, many of the locals still speak Mayan fluently. The economy of the Isla Mujeres (simply referred to as ‘Isla’” by those who live there) is driven by tourism, followed by fishing and the Mexican Naval Base on the island. Located 1.5 hours from the Coba Ruins, 2 hours from the Tulum Ruins, and 2.5 hours from Chichén Itzá, Isla has a rich Mayan tradition spanning several thousand years, intersecting interestingly with a history of Pirates! The tranquil flow of modern island life on the island, however, is something to experience and truly enjoy.

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Spring grad course: Constructions of Power and Knowledge: Gender, Race and Nation

School of Gender, Race & Nation Initiative Grad Course

Course Title: Constructions of Power and Knowledge:  Gender, Race and Nation

Course Number: CHLA 507

Course Overview: This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary graduate course seeks to identify and critically analyze how the concepts of gender, race, culture, class, sexuality, and nation are invested with power and forms of inequality.  We will examine the politics of the production of knowledge in personal lived experiences; institutions; cultural, economic and geopolitical structures; and literary, visual and multimedia representations.

Students will engage in the critique and displacement of dominant discourses through scholarship and research on intersectionality, theories of race and racism, Indigeneity, feminism, and queers of color. This course will examine critical concepts such as colonialism, diasporas, heteropatriarchy, heteronormativity, Indigeneity, migration, nationalism, racism, white supremacy, transnationalism, resistance, and self-determination.  This course will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage their theoretical frameworks, scholarship, and social justice initiatives, including community activism.


Course Objectives: In examining oppressive and transformative forms of power, students will:

1.     Identify key theoretical concepts related to power and knowledge;

2.     Develop an understanding of specific instances of power;

3.     Synthesize knowledge of oppressive, transformative, and self-determining forms of power and discourse in order to explain factors facilitating the exclusion and incorporation of difference in institutions and relationships;

4.     Problematize discourses of liberalism, diversity and multiculturalism;

5.     Demonstrate written and verbal facility with the analytical tools provided to interrogate power developed in the course;

6.     Reflect on implications of various theoretical frameworks for student’s own scholarship and activism.


Central discussions:  In lieu of a weekly syllabus, we are providing the central discussions around which the course will unfold and which will be addressed over the course of the term.

1) This course reviews the theoretical contexts that unite faculty and students in the School of Gender, Race, and Nation.  We will examine methods of knowledge production and review relevant scholarship across our programmatic disciplines.  Our central pursuit is to determine how intersections of nation-state/settler-nation, class, race, gender, and sexuality are manifested in acts of power and of discourse.

2) We will analyze the methods that resistance movements use to de-center, decolonize, and ultimately re-center individuals and communities in opposition to the dominant agents of power and discourse.  Critical interventions have occurred, are occurring, and will likely persist as formerly de-centered individuals push back against the traditional institutions and ideologies that have dominated global affairs for centuries.  Each student will be encouraged to bring personal insights and experiences to this collaborative enterprise.  From interdisciplinary perspectives, we will analyze SGRN scholarship that advocates and applies a variety of de-centering methodologies.

3) Certain communities have enacted resistance, ruptures, breaks, counter-hegemonies, counter-resistances, transformations, reclamations, and restorations over the years.  However, the existence of these “re-centered” communities often escapes the attention of individuals who would join.  We will examine how SGRN disciplines engage in scholarly activism in order to empower individuals seeking communitas in preference to (as opposed to other than or outside of) the historically dominant institutions of power, discourse, and knowledge production.

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The Atlantic’s “Anthropology Inc.”

“Forget online surveys and dinnertime robo-calls. A consulting firm called ReD is at the forefront of a new trend in market research, treating the everyday lives of consumers as a subject worthy of social-science scrutiny. On behalf of its corporate clients, ReD will uncover your deepest needs, fears, and desires.”

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