Archive for September, 2014

First Thursday Lecture 10/2: Seeing Beneath the Soil

FirstThursdays Rory Becker Oct 2  2014

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Unbound – The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe

Portland State of Mind: Unbound – The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 5:00pm to Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 8:00pm
Portland State of Mind: Unbound - The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe

What: Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe

When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St.

Cost: Free and opent to the public

Join the Anthropology Student Association for a viewing of the movie and Q&A with the director and former PSU student, Michael Kilman.

Contact: Jonathan Duelks,, 845-772-2814

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Student PIRGs Campus Organizer: 2015-2016 Job Description

Student PIRGs Campus Organizer: 2015-2016 Job Description


Students founded PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) over 40 years ago, based upon the simple idea that America has more problems than we should tolerate, and more solutions than we use. (See


Today, on any college campus, you can find students who feel driven to take on problems outside the classroom, whether it’s global warming, big money in politics, or hunger and homelessness.


As a PIRG Campus Organizer, your job is to recruit these students to get involved — and to train them to be effective leaders who can run campaigns that make an impact in the community, in the state capitol, in Congress, at the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.


We’re hiring Campus Organizers to work on 40 campuses across America.


Early Application Deadline: October 19th


Responsibilities may include:

  • Recruiting hundreds of students to volunteer
  • Teaching students to plan and run effective campaigns through internship classes and on-the-ground training
  • Building relationships with faculty and administrators
  • Organizing news events and rallies, and generating the grassroots support it takes to win campaigns
  • During the summer, each Campus Organizer runs a citizen outreach office. This entails fundraising and building the organization, by canvassing and training others to canvass.



  • Strong work ethic
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Strong commitment to getting results
  • Passion for making positive social change



As a PIRG Campus Organizer, you will participate in regional and national trainings run by experienced Student PIRGs staff, consisting of both classroom-style learning and hands-on experience. This training will supplement the valuable skills and hands-on experience you gain on your campus.


Salary & Benefits

Campus Organizers earn $24,500 in the first year. The Student PIRGs offers a competitive benefits package.  Eligible staff receive paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days; and the opportunity to enroll in our group health care, college loan assistance, and 401(k) programs.  We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Find out more

Find out more information at If you have any questions you can contact Micaela Preskill, Student PIRGs Recruitment Director at (312)544-4436 ext. 304 or


How To Apply

Apply online at by October 19th.


The Student PIRGs and all PIRG-affiliated organizations are equal opportunity employers and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


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Birdfest and Bluegrass, Ridgefield WA, Oct 4-5

Next weekend (Oct 3, 4 and 5) is the Annual Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival at Ridgefield WA which always involves activities at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. There’s a Cathlapotle Village overview and site walk on the 4th (Saturday) from 1 – 4 PM, led by Cameron Smith. On the 5th, Deanna Dart Newton, Curator of the Portland Art Museum’s Native American collection is giving a lecture titled “First Person, First Peoples”. At 2, Sam Robinson, Vice Chair of the Chinook Nation is speaking on “Keeping Traditions Alive”. At 3PM there is a traditional salmon bake. More information is at:

This event has its origins in community outreach activities associated with the PSU\US Fish and Wildlife Project at Cathlapotle but it has grown well beyond that.

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Society for Applied Anthropology – call for papers

Consider joining the PSU contingent at the SfAA Annual Meeting this year. Email Adriana Stein at:, if interested.

Jeremy Spoon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Anthropology Department
Portland State University


The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015.  The theme of the Program is “Continuity and Change.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution.  We welcome papers from all disciplines.  The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2014.  For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page at

Student Research Competition

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites paper submissions for the annual Peter Kong-ming New Student Research Competition.  Students at all levels (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible; the deadline is December 31, 2014. The papers should be based on original research in the area of health or human services (broadly construed).

The first-place winner will receive a cash prize ($2,000) and travel funds to attend the 75th Annual Meeting of SfAA in Pittsburgh, March 2015.
A cash award ($500) and travel funds will be presented to the second-place winner.

The Competition winners are invited to submit their papers for review and possible publication in the SfAA journal, Human Organization.  A list of previous winners may be found on the SfAA web page –

Please contact the SfAA Office if you have any questions – or 405-843-5113.

Trish Colvin
Society for Applied Anthropology
PO Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
405-843-8553 (fax)

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First Saturday – East Asian Program Series schedule

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Sierra Club Electric Vehicles Initiative

Internship/Volunteer Opportunity: Sierra Club Electric Vehicles Initiative

A switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) presents an exciting opportunity to significantly reduce carbon emissions and kick our addiction to dirty oil. We’re educating the public, the media, and policymakers about ways they can support EVs and EV policies. Our work involves grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, research, and media/social media outreach. Want to help the Sierra Club advance our national Electric Vehicles Initiative? We are accepting applicants for volunteer internships positions (starting September, 2014) that will include some combination of:

  •        – Help organize and follow up from National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 15-21) when we’ll have EV promotion events in well over 100 cities nationwide.
  •       –  Reach out to activists about campaign opportunities.
  •       –  Track EV sales and EV media coverage of electric vehicle issues and help supporters submit letters to the editor.
  •        – Track EV policies state by state.
  •        – Conduct research for EV blog posts, and help update our online EV Guide.
  •        – Help us create new EV campaigns in key states.
  •        – Research fundraising opportunities.
  •       –  Interact with other EV/Beyond Oil staff and interns and take part in periodic staff calls and webinars on a range of environmental topics.
  •        – Work 10-30 hours per week (flexible depending on availability, though a regular schedule is necessary).
  •        – Work can be done from home anywhere in US and/or from Boston, DC, San Francisco, or other Sierra Club offices.
  •        – We are unable to pay our interns/volunteers, but we will provide an excellent opportunity to learn, network, and make a real difference.  We also may be able to provide college credit.

To apply, please send a resume and cover note as soon as possible to Gina Coplon-Newfield at  Excellent communication skills, experience with online research, a passion for protecting the environment, and a responsible work ethic required. Grassroots organizing experience and/or social media savvy preferred. The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit grassroots environmental organization with 2.3 million members and supporters dedicated to the preservation, protection, and exploration of the earth’s natural environment. Also, see

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