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Governing Council Today

Governing Council Today: Niel Tashima on a New NAPA Mentoring Resource

Note: Niel Tashima is Chair of the NAPA Mentoring Committee. To navigate to the pages described below, hover over the “Careers” tab on the top right of the navigation bar above, and select the “Mentoring” or “Mentoring FAQs” drop-down link.

 

The NAPA Mentor Committee is pleased to announce that a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about mentoring and a career in professional or applied anthropology has recently been posted to the NAPA website.

http://practicinganthropology.org/careers/mentoring/mentoring_FAQ/

The FAQs are divided into several areas of focus to assist students and new professionals as they access the information.

The FAQ webpage begins… Continue reading

Governing Council Today – Chad Morris: On Convergence: A Call for Participation

Note: This post was originally published in the NAPA section of Anthropology News, which is run by the American Anthropological Association.

 

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.

Claude Lévi-Strauss , Le Cru et le Cuit: Mythologiques, 1964

We are, in a manner that might be most clear to the late Claude Lévi-Strauss and to his disciples, a discipline filled with seeming binary oppositions. We speak often of practicing anthropologists as categorically different from anthropologists in academia. Students of anthropology are often seen as… Continue reading

Governing Council Today: Nancy Gillis: The Fine Line Between Building Rapport and Maintaining Neutrality

As I write this blog post, I am not sure if there is an answer to this conundrum.

I am currently conducting fieldwork for the North Texas Food Bank. They have developed The Hunger Center, a think tank for understanding food insecurity and poverty while developing innovative strategies to combat the root causes of the issues.

My part in this research is to gather the emic perspective of low-income north Texans in relation to their experiences struggling with food insecurity and managing chronic health conditions or a disability. I do this by visiting north Texans in their homes and discussing… Continue reading