Discussion Led by Ed Liebow, AAA Executive Director

  • 05 Mar 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Sumner School

Crafting a Long-Range Plan for the Association's Future

Speaker:  Ed Liebow, Executive Director, AAA

Date:  Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Meeting, 7:00 pm, Sumner School, Rotating Gallery G-4

Pre-meeting get-together, 5:30 pm Beacon Bar and Grill


Ed will lead a discussion about effective ways of tackling some of the challenges the Association faces, including: making the Association a welcoming organizational home for applied and practicing anthropologists, growing and diversifying our membership, giving anthropology a more visible presence in the national capital area, dealing with the rapidly changing publishing landscape in a sustainable way, capitalizing on the success of the Race Project to build an ongoing public education initiative, and engaging our international counterparts.


Ed comes to the position of Executive Director for the American Anthropological Association after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. He first joined Battelle in 1986, the year he received my PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. He has conducted research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. While at Battelle, he rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations in the Seattle office. Ed maintains a position as affiliate associate professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington, and has also been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza, VA, Italy), a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and have served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute. And finally, Ed is no stranger to WAPA; although he just formally joined the organization in January, he has served on the Praxis Award review committee a couple of times.

Meeting:  Charles Sumner School, corner of 17th St and M St NW, Washington, DC

How to get there:  The Sumner School is located at 1201 17th St NW (corner of 17th St and M St NW).  The entrance to the meeting area is on 17th St under the black metal stairway. Directions from Metro Red Line: From Farragut North station, take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 2 blocks north.  Enter the building through the double doors under the black metal staircase.  MEETING ROOM:  Rotating Gallery G-4 (ground floor)

Pre-meeting:  Beacon Bar & Grill (one block north of Sumner School)

How to get there:  The Beacon Bar & Grill is in the Beacon Hotel located at 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW (corner of Rhode Island and 17th St).  Directions from Metro Red Line Farragut North station: take either L St exit, walk one block east to 17th St, turn left and walk 3 blocks north (one block past Sumner School).  All are welcome.

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