WAPA Event Archives: 2007-08

Sunday, September 16: Welcome Back Fall Party

Location: The Reef, http://www.thereefdc.com/
2nd Level (The Reef Level)
2446 18th Street, NW, Adams Morgan

Cost: FREE (A tip jar will be on hand to offset costs; $5 is suggested)
Open to all WAPA members, friends, and guests.

This first event of the year for WAPA will prove to be one of the best ever! Many activities are planned, including historical presentations about the Adams Morgan neighborhood. We will have a wonderful hors d'oeuvres light buffet highlighting the Reef's specialties. Guests can also order meals and drinks. Welcome back your friends and make new acquaintances.

A live Flamenco/Gypsy style acoustic guitar performance is also planned. A WAPA board meeting will precede the party at 2 p.m.

The event will be held on the famous "Reef" level of the restaurant, which features MANY very large salt water fish tanks with species from all over the globe. You can sit back and relax while viewing their exotic collection of fish, making you wish you were diving the reefs of Belize. The flame-stained copper bars and water-tank bar ceiling are also eye-catchers. The rooftop offers perfect views of the Adams Morgan neighborhood where you can enjoy cocktails and conversation.

The Reef specializes in unique and interesting beers and they're more than happy to tell you all about them and let you sample. Their kitchen provides dishes with only the highest quality organic produce and free-range meats, all provided by local farmers. The menus are planned with organically grown seasonal vegetables, free-range poultry and meats, fair-catch seafood, honest flavors and satisfying meals, at fair prices.

Metro Red Line to Woodly Park/Zoo. From there you can take the Adams Morgan U Street Connection Bus (free with metro transfer) directly to 18th Street (pull the stop cord when you pass Columbia Road). The Reef is about 50 meters down 18th street from the bus stop, between Columbia Road and Belmont Street on 18th Street, NW.

We look forward to seeing you there and kicking off another great WAPA year!

Tuesday, October 2: Evacuation from Lebanon

Speakers: Kay Halpern and Jon Fremont

In July and August 2006, the Departments of State and Defense evacuated close to 15,000 American citizens from war-torn Lebanon, bringing most of them through the nearby island of Cyprus, where another potential crisis loomed as growing numbers of evacuees waited for flights to the U.S. The U.S. Government Accountability Office conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of U.S. government and other officials, from Ambassadors on down, in Beirut, Nicosia, and Washington to get at the behind-the-scenes story of this massive operation, which was conducted in an environment of contrasting cultures and constantly changing conditions.

KAY HALPERN, Analyst in the International Affairs and Trade Division for the GAO, is the daughter of two cultural anthropologists and grew up in a Balkan village where her parents were doing fieldwork. While not seeking anthropological training herself, she received her BA in Russian language and literature from Amherst College and studied at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow. She worked in Rome, Italy, with Jewish refugees bound for the U.S. from what was then the Soviet Union. Shortly after receiving her MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, she began working for the U.S. Government, first for the Commerce Department as an international trade specialist, and then for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, as a senior international affairs analyst. In her 17 years at GAO, Kay has worked on projects ranging from examining U.S. efforts to promote exports of renewable energy technologies to challenges facing U.S. bilateral and multilateral programs to combat HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she traveled to Beirut and Cyprus to evaluate the efforts of the Departments of State and Defense to evacuate almost 15,000 Americans from Lebanon after the outbreak of war in the summer of 2006.

JON FREMONT, Analyst in International Affairs and Trade Division for the GAO, grew up in Detroit, Michigan and studied International Relations at Michigan State University. After graduating from MSU, Jon spent a year teaching English in Queretaro, Mexico. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1998, and worked for a Member of Congress for 3 years, focusing on international affairs issues. He also worked for an immigration policy organization for 2 years, and had a graduate fellowship with the Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the Department of Labor. Jon obtained a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University in 2005. In the 2 years that he has been at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, he has worked on reviews of terrorist screening, nuclear detection, drug policy, and Embassy Evacuations, including the evacuation of close to 15,000 Americans from Lebanon in the summer of 2006.

Tuesday, November 13: Anthropology and the Military: An Open Discussion on Issues and Roles of Anthropologists in the "War on Terror"

Special times: Meeting at 6:30, Dinner at 5 p.m.

Join the members of WAPA for an open discussion on the roles of anthropologists in times of war. Two discussion leaders will help explore topics such as the historical role of anthropologists actively engaging the government and military in use of anthropological knowledge assisting US and other governments in war campaigns, as well as current issues of the disciplines role in Human Terrain Systems (HTS) in the "War on Terror". We will also discuss the "Pledge of Non-participation in Counter-insurgency."

The two scheduled discussion leaders are Dr. Andrew Bickford from George Mason University and Dr. David Vine from American University. This meeting will start a half hour earlier than normal to allow for sufficient presentations, discussion, and questions and answers.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. The informal pre-meeting dinner will begin at 5 pm at Cafe Luna (near the corner of 17th and P streets, NW ).

Andrew Bickford received his B.A. in Anthropology from George Mason University in 1993, an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2002. His dissertation field work, conducted in Germany from 1998-2000, investigated the relationship between militarization, masculinity, and the state in the German Democratic Republic and post unification Germany through interviews with former East German army officers and participant-observation at East German army veterans groups. In Germany, Andy was a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow at the Social Science Research Council Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universitat Berlin. He also received grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Rutgers University. From 2002-2004, he was a post doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Andy is currently working on a manuscript titled "Red Radiation: Soldiers, Citizens, and the State of Post Unification Germany," and is conducting research on health and biotechnology in the US military.

David Vine is an Assistant Professor at American University. Since 2001, he has conducted research about the U.S. military base on the Indian Ocean island Diego Garcia and the expulsion of its native people during development of the base. As a result of this work, he is serving as an expert witness for lawyers in the United States and Great Britain bringing suits against the U.S. and U.K. governments on behalf of the exiled people, known as Chagossians. He recently completed a book manuscript about the history of the base, the lives of the people, and U.S. foreign policy, entitled Imperial Paradise: Expulsion and the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia.

His other research has included work on gentrification and urban development in Brooklyn, NY; housing strategies for people with serious mental illnesses and histories of homelessness in New York City; environmental refugees; and summer league basketball in Washington, DC. His writing has been published in, among others, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Human Rights Brief, International Migration, the Brooklyn Rail, and Week End [Mauritius]. Broadly, Vine's other interests include militarization and military bases, human rights, forced displacement, indigenous peoples, race/ethnicity, poverty, the Indian Ocean, and ethnography aimed at non-academic audiences.

Remember, special times: Meeting at 6:30, Dinner at 5 p.m. Please feel free to invite colleagues and other interested parties.

Saturday, December 1: Special WAPA Reception at AAA

WAPA will be hosting a cocktail party at 8 p.m. at the Marriot Wardman during the AAA meeting, immediately following the NAPA business meeting and presentation of the WAPA Praxis Award. An executive suite has been booked and details will be announced in due course. Light snacks will be available and WAPA members are asked to bring something to contribute (beverages, mixers, etc.). Come help us celebrate the Praxis Award and promote WAPA.

Sunday, December 16: WAPA Holiday Party

The annual WAPA Holiday Party is slated for Sunday, December 16, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the home of WAPA President Ron Nunn in Northwest DC near Takoma Park. WAPA will supply the beverages and supplies, and Ron will prepare a turkey; members will supply a pot luck range of dishes. Come and see old friends and make some new ones! Please RSVP to wapapresident@yahoo.com. The party is open to WAPA members, potential members, and friends.

What to Bring:

Appetizers: Those with last names beginning G-L
Salad/Side Dishes: Those with last names A-F
Main Dish: Those lovely few with last names S-Z (a turkey will be provided so complimentary or vegetarian dishes are welcome)
Dessert: Those with last names M-R

The home of Ron Nunn is at 524 Fern Place N.W., Washington, DC, 20012, a few blocks from the Takoma Metro Station (Red Line).
Basic Directions:
From DC : Make your way to northbound Georgia Avenue NW. Go east on Fern Place just north of Walter Reed Medical Center. Cross Blair Road, and the house will be just a bit farther on the right.
From the Metro station: Turn right out of the station and go under the overpass. Go right on Blair Road for about 10 minutes, then turn right on Fern Place.
From the Beltway: Take exit 31B for Georgia Ave. South to downtown Silver Spring. Stay on Georgia untill you come to the District Line (Blair Park will be on the left) Turn left on Blair Road, then take the next left on Fern Place. 524 Fern will be the second house on the right.

Saturday, January 12 Salon: The End is Near! Mysteries and Predictions for the 2012 Maya Calendar's End

7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

Our presenter will be Duncan Earle (Ph.D., State University of New York/Albany), associate professor of International Development, Community & Environment at Clark University. His research interests include ethnography, applied anthropology, conflict resolution, U.S./Mexico border settlements, gender, rural development, micro-enterprise/cooperatives, indigenous social movements, migration, health outreach, Mesoamerica and Mexican identity.

Professor Earle's current research centers on the Zapatista movement as a form of alternative development. He has done field work in the tropical rainforest region of Chiapas, Mexico, particularly on settlement relations with NGOs, as well as alternative development projects. He is carrying out in-depth study of Zapatista efforts at self-development, especially environment, gender and decision-making processes, self- government, health, education, ideology and identity. Professor Earle is also engaged in research on the Texas and New Mexico border with Mexico. He has studied Guatemalan Mayan refugees displaced by political strife to Mexico and rural Florida. Before joining IDCE, Professor Earle taught at the University of Texas at El Paso and at Texas A & M University, where he also served as associate director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development.

Selected recent publications:

Uprising of Hope: Zapatismo and Alternative Development in Chiapas. Senior co-author with Jeanne Simonelli, Alta Mira Press, Walnut Creek.

2003 “Meeting Resistance: Autonomy, Development and ‘Informed Permission' in Chiapas, Mexico,” with coauthor Jeanne Simonelli, Qualitative Inquiry, vol.9, number 1, pp. 74-75.

2003 “Disencumbering Development: Alleviating Poverty through Autonomy in Chiapas.” With coauthor Jeanne Simonelli. Here To Help: NGOs Combating Poverty in Latin America. Robyn Eversole, ed. New York, M.E. Sharpe, pp. 174-219.

2001 “Menchu Tales and Maya Social Landscapes: The Silencing of Words and Worlds.” The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy. Arturo Arias, ed. St. Paul University of Minnesota Press, p. 288-308.

Location: The first WAPA activity of 2008 will be at the home of WAPA President Ron Nunn in Northwest DC near Takoma Park. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Directions: The home of Ron Nunn is at 524 Fern Place N.W., Washington, DC, 20012, a few blocks from the Takoma Metro Station (Red Line).

From the Metro: Out of the station, turn right and go under the overpass. Keep to the right on Blair Road, go past construction site, cross Piney Branch head up the hill one block. Turn right on Fern Place. House no. 524, the 2nd on right. It is a dead end street.

Basic Directions from DC: make your way to Georgia Avenue NW. Go east on Fern Place just north of Walter Reed Medical Center. Cross Blair Road, and the house will be the second house on the right .

From the beltway: Take exit 31-B South to Georgia Ave. and Downtown Silver Spring. Go under the railway overpass then turn left at the District Line on Blair Road. Turn left again at Fern Place (a 4 way stop) to 524 Fern, (second house on the right).

If you get lost, Ron's number is 202-491-6029.

Tuesday, February 5: Anthropological Practitioners in Health and Medicine

Sumner School: Meeting at 7, dinner at 5:30 p.m.

WAPA presents a panel discussion featuring anthropological practitioners at work in government and the private sector, focused on issues of health and medicine. We are proud to feature a discussion with:

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MSS is Special Advisor on Policy and Research at the Office of Minority Health (DHHS), Division of Policy and Data where she is the lead on the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research and the OMH's collaboration with the EDICT (Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials) project. She also works in the areas of culture and health, cancer disparities, emergency preparedness, and community based participatory research.

Emeline Otey, PhD, MSW is chief of the Stigma and Health Disparities Program, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), at the National Institutes of Health. She served as program official and scientific review administrator before assuming her current position in 1997. program encourages and supports research that addresses the problem of health disparities, including research that examines the mechanisms through which social, cultural, interpersonal, and environmental factors impact diagnosis and the diagnostic process, disparities in risk for, and course of mental disorders across the life span.

Sabra Woolley, PhD is a medical anthropologist and a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She manages grants in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch of the Behavioral Research Program within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Her health research experience ranges across infectious and chronic disease, including work on directly-observed therapy for tuberculosis and breast cancer.

Captain Sheryl Ludwig, MD, MPH, MA is currently Chief of the Health Systems Management Division at US Coast Guard (USCG) Headquarters (HQ), Washington DC. Prior to 2005 she also served as Chief of Medical Readiness and Operational Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology Chief. Among her numerous distinctions in military medicine and appointment to the regular public health service corps, she prominently lists her Master's in medical anthropology.

Cynthia Robins, PhD is a Senior Study Director at Westat who brings her training in cultural anthropology to health services and public policy research. During her more than eight years at Westat, Dr. Robins has provided support in qualitative data collection and analysis to an array of Federal clients, including the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Social Security Administration, and the Department of Labor.

Charity Goodman, PhD has long-term interests in medical anthropology, immigration and the anthropology of work. She has recently joined the Office of Program Analysis and Coordination, Center for Mental Health Services, Substances Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. Charity's federal career is considerably longer with 17 at GAO. Among numerous other projects she spent three years managing a study of VA patient safety. And she is indeed our past president too!

Panelists will address the trajectories of their differing careers in health and medical practice, how their anthropological training intersects with other education and career preparation and the significance (or lack thereof) anthropological perspectives carry for their work. Collectively, the group spans a range of expertise from research (both as researchers and research administrators), through consulting and service delivery, to medical practice and public health administration.

Tuesday, March 4: Open Forum: US 2008 Presidential Election and the Politics of Race and Gender

Sumner School: Meeting at 7, dinner at 5:30 p.m.

History is being made this year in the US, as for the first time either a woman or an African American (as the popular culture defines the candidate) is poised to be the presidential candidate of one of the two major political parties (discussions of the heritage of Warren Harding notwithstanding), with a strong chance to win the presidency. WAPA will hold an open forum on the politics of race and gender and the implications thereof.

Is there a gender-based media bias against Hillary Clinton? How “black” is Barack Obama? Bring your own topics for discussion as we explore this pivotal moment through an anthropological lens. There will be no designated speaker for the evening; everyone is asked to bring their own views.

Tuesday, April 8: Sex and the City of Politics

Sumner School: Meeting at 7, dinner at 5:30 p.m.

A panel presentation and discussion by three leading women scholars on issues of sex, sexuality, gender and politics from the underbelly of the District to the top of Capital Hill. Scheduled speakers are Judith Lynne Hanna, Katherine Frank, and Michelle Carnes.

Judith Lynne Hanna, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar, University of Maryland. "Strippers, Religion, and Politics: Fantasy Onstage and Off."

The Christian Right’s propulsion of George W. Bush into the White House has led to the movement’s increased efforts to impose a Bible-based morality on the nation. Modesty and patriarchy are key Christian Right tenets challenged by exotic dancers. A politically active segment of the Christian Right burrows into government and trains lawyers to work in communities to eliminate exotic dance. Protected by the First Amendment, exotic dance cannot be banned, but it can be de facto regulated to death. The Christian Right’s disinformation factory perpetuates myths about the negative effects of exotic dance and thereby gains public support for its fight against the industry. Key questions are: What is exotic dance? How do governments battle against it? What are the implications of the fight?

Judith Lynne Hanna (Ph.D. Anthropology, Columbia University) is a Senior Research Scholar in the Dance Department and an Affiliate in the Anthropology Department at the University of Maryland. Dr. Hanna has conducted research on how dance communicates in villages and cities in Africa, theaters, school playgrounds and classrooms, and adult entertainment exotic dance clubs in the U.S. Since 1995, Dr. Hanna has served as an expert court witness across the country in more than 100 First Amendment and other cases related to exotic dance. Her testimony is quoted in numerous court decisions and her research appears in, e.g., Wrapping Nudity in a Cloak of Law, New York Times, Adult Entertainment Exotic Dance: A Guide for Planners and Policy Makers, Journal of Planning Literature, and a book draft under publication review, Naked Truth: A Christian Right, Strip Clubs and Democracy.

Her landmark books are: To Dance Is Human: A Theory of Nonverbal Communication (University of Chicago Press), Dance, Sex, and Gender: Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance and Desire (University of Chicago Press), The Performer-Audience Connection (University of Texas Press), Disruptive School Behavior (Holmes and Meier Press), Partnering Dance and Education (Human Kinetics), and just published, Dancing for Health: Conquering and Preventing Stress (AltaMira Press).

She has written more than 300 scholarly and popular articles in, e.g., City and Society, Creativity in Performance, Current Anthropology, Dance, Gender and Culture, First Amendment Lawyers Association Proceedings, Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, Minnesota Law and Politics, Washington Post, and Exotic Dancer Bulletin.

Dr. Hanna has lectured at more than 50 colleges and universities, addressed more than 30 association meetings, special conferences and seminars; published her work in 14 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Netherlands, Poland, Santo Domingo, Sweden, and United Kingdom); and appeared on radio and television in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Nigeria, Sweden, Cuba, and the U.S.

For more information visit her web site at www.judithhanna.com/

Katherine Frank, Ph.D., Faculty Associate: Professor of Anthropology, Adjunct Faculty, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME; Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), www.caras.ws
"Consuming and Defending Adult Entertainment"

Dovetailing off the concerns raised in Hanna's presentation, Frank will explore the demand side of strip clubs, and of the sex industry more generally, as well as representations of that demand in the media. What are the clients of the sex industry looking for? In light of their desires, is adult entertainment worth defending? If so, why and how? And how do the concerns and desires of individuals involved in the production and consumption of commercial sex link to those of individuals with other "alternative" sexual practices and desires?

Katherine Frank is a cultural anthropologist, fiction writer, and former exotic dancer currently studying the meaning and negotiation of sexual exclusivity in contemporary relationships. In addition to her work on monogamy, she has also written on the sex industry, pornography, feminism, eating disorders, swinging, polyamory, and reality television. She is the author of G-Strings and Sympathy: Strip Club Regulars and Male Desire (2002), a co-editor of Flesh for Fantasy: Producing and Consuming Exotic Dance (2006), and has published in The Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Journal of Sex Research, Sexualities, Qualitative Inquiry, and Deviant Behavior, among other journals. In addition to speaking at academic conferences and on college campuses, Frank has served as an expert witness and a consultant on legal cases involving strip clubs and sex workers and is a contributing expert for the Love and Health Information Channel at www.ifriends.com. She is also on the Board of Directors for CARAS, a non-profit organization that facilitates dialogue between activists and alt-sex communities with academic researchers. For more information, visit her website: www.katefrank.com.

Michelle Carnes, ABD, Doctoral Student, American University, "All Ladies Welcome: Black Same-Sex Desiring Women's Erotic Parties"

Using an ad placed in a magazine for lesbians for a traditional strip club that declares "All Ladies Welcome" as our departure point, this presentation explores attempts of traditional strip clubs to "welcome" same-sex desiring women into the space as equal, paying customers. Continuing our discussion of the desires of strip club customers and how they fulfill them, we'll hear from Black same-sex desiring women who started their own erotic parties when their expectations were not met in traditional strip clubs. Drawing on ethnographic data and interviews, I'll further discuss the beginnings of Black same-sex desiring women's erotic parties, how the parties are able to successfully fulfill the women's expectations and what the parties mean to those who attend.

Michelle Carnes is a doctoral student in Anthropology at American University and former stripper completing her dissertation, an ethnography of Black same-sex desiring erotic parties in the Washington DC area. For three years, Michelle tipped her way through Black same-sex desiring women's erotic parties at three sites in Washington (U Street, Navy Yard and New York Avenue), conducting interviews and participant-observation. After two years in the field, she performed at an erotic party at the request of the promoter. Michelle defends her dissertation in May of 2008, which she will publish as a book titled, Do It For Your Sistas. Michelle is a Point Foundation Scholar and an Ana Luisa Estrada Vollmer Foundation Scholar and wishes to acknowledge their generosity and commitment to this research.

Tuesday, May 6: Building Your Career in Professional Anthropology

A panel discussion for students of anthropology as well as professionals

Panel will be held at the home of WAPA President Ron Nunn. 
Meeting from 7 to 9 p.m., board meeting at 6 p.m.

As a year of packed formal and informal activities for WAPA comes to a close, we would like to invite you to our final meeting of the year! As you know, WAPA is organized and carried on by our members. Many of these members are students and professionals who seek guidance in developing their careers. As such, we thought it only appropriate to offer a panel discussion that focuses on this critical issue that is one of the founding center pieces of WAPA's mission.

For the May meeting we will have a panel discussion from anthropologists in several different areas of practice who will offer their insight, experience, and advice in building a career as an anthropologist. Many topics will focus on internships, field schools, developing your presence via a string CV and resume, as well as the wealth of opportunities here in the Nation's Capital in regards to employment in both government and private firms.

First Presenter: Damon Dozier, Director of Public Affairs, American Anthropological Association

Second Presenter: WAPA President Elect (08-09), Shirley Buzzard, PhD, President: Heartlands International Ltd.

Third Presenter: Claire Snell-Rood, Doctoral Candidate: University of Virginia

Directions from the Metro:
Take the Red Line train to the Takoma Park station. Turn right as you leave the station, go under the bridge bear to the right staying on Blair Road, go past construction, cross over Piney Branch, walk another block up, Turn right on Fern Place, 2nd house on right #524 Fern Pl. N.W. D.C. 20012

Driving Directions:
Take 495 to exit 31-B, head south on Georgia Avenue into downtown Silver Spring, keep going under the

Metro bridge up to the DC line, Turn left on Blair Road. Stay on Blair, turn left on Fern Place, 2nd house on the Right is # 524 Fern Place N.W. D.C. 20012. Park anywhere on the street.

Contact Numbers if lost: Ron Nunn: Cell: (202) 491-6029, Home: (202) 726-0985.

Saturday, June 21 Summer Picnic, 1 to 4 p.m., Shady Side, MD

The final event of the program year, the annual WAPA Spring Picnic, will be held at the community house and grounds in Shady Side, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. WAPA will provide hot dogs, burgers, soft drinks, and utensils, cups and related items. Guests should bring a pot luck item and, at their option, a beverge or a grillable main course if they don't want a hot dog or burger.

WAPA members can help by bringing the following potluck items:

If you were born any time between January 1 and April 30 – BRING A DESSERT (and something to serve it with)

If you were born between May 1 and August 31 – BRING A SALAD (and something to serve it with)

If you were born between September 1 and December 31 – BRING A SIDE DISH (and something to serve it with)

Those of us who are vegetarian (and we know who we are...) should bring a vegetarian main dish.

Directions: There are variable directions, depending on your vector of approach; print out the direction sheet (PDF format), which details them all.  As ever, using an online map service as well for directions does not hurt.

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