WAPA Events

All WAPA events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.  Most meetings are held at the Charles Sumner School. Government-issued ID is required for all visitors to Charles Sumner School and WAPA guests must check in with the security officer on duty prior to entering the elevator, lobby or stairwells. Members gather before meetings at different locations that will be indicated in the announcement.  Click on individual events below to verify details on specific events.

Meeting location: Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th 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). 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.  Check in with the security officer who will request ID and direct you to the WAPA meeting room. Government-issued ID is required for entry into the building.

Upcoming WAPA events

    • 06 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This talk will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is required before 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Log in information for Zoom will be emailed to those who have registered by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

    If you have not received the link, make certain to check your account's inbox categories, tabs, junk, and spam folder.

    Date: Wednesday, 06 October 2021
    Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
    Time: 7:00 pm

    Whether it forms the foundation of our practice or is one of many tools we draw upon in the course of our work, as practicing anthropologists, program evaluation is a prevalent methodological framework that features in the work of many of us. Given its importance in anthropological practice, the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists Program Committee has devoted our October event to a discussion on program evaluation.

    Please join WAPA for a panel on the practice of program evaluation. This four-member panel includes perspectives that span anthropological evaluation, international development, and public health. Our contributors will each give a brief presentation on an aspect of evaluation that has impacted their work. We will then open the forum for a Q&A and discussion with the panelists.

    Thank you to our organizers and moderators: Martha Hare and Jo Anne Schneider


    Mary Odell Butler, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland, Presenting Reflections on Evaluation Anthropology

    Gerald Britan, PhD, Independent Consultant, DevTech Systems, Presenting The Place of Anthropologists in International Development Evaluation

    Isaac Morrison, MA, Evaluation Specialist, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Presenting The Wholistic Lens in Program Evaluation

    Elena Lumby, DrPH, Senior Research Associate, LTG Associates, Presenting Intersections of Public Health and Anthropology in Evaluation

    About the speakers:

    Gerald M. Britan, PhD, an independent consultant and evaluation specialist, has focused on development effectiveness, development learning, and development management.  For over 20 years, he served in varied high-level positions the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He continues to work as a management and evaluation consultant for U.S, UN and international agencies and private firms. Before joining USAID, Dr. Britan was professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Southern Illinois University.  Later, he taught graduate courses in development management and evaluation at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Dr. Britan has been honored for his government work and has authored four books, dozens of articles, and scores of professional papers in the fields of anthropology, international development, program evaluation, and public management. He will focus his remarks on opportunities and roles for anthropologists, anthropological insights, and risks and ethical issues for the practicing anthropologist.


    Mary Odell Butler, PhDis an applied anthropologist with decades of expertise in program evaluation, evaluation research, and qualitative/mixed methods. She conducted  many program evaluations for CDC during her employment at Battelle and Westat, and has conducted numerous workshops on evaluation, methodology, and careers in anthropological practice. Dr. Butler is a current elected member of the Members Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee  of the American Anthropological Association.  She is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland offering graduate courses in evaluation anthropology and applied anthropology, and a private consultant.  Dr. Butler authored Evaluation: A Culture Systems Approach (2015) and is co-editor of a volume Scholar-Practitioners Addressing Global Issues, which includes her paper on the effects of global networks on public health systems.   She will share her many insights from her long and varied career.


    Elena Lumby, Dr. PH  is a Senior Research Associate at LTG Associates Inc., a consulting firm with a foundation in anthropology and other social sciences, who uses a variety of methodologies in her work. Her recent quantitative work includes survey development and analysis on the organizational impact of a child abuse prevention initiative in family serving organizations, in addition to analysis of federal and state level health data. Dr. Lumby also serves as adjunct faculty at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and teaches graduate level courses on practical data analysis, health promotion program planning, community diagnosis, and structural drivers of health disparities. Dr. Lumby was trained to approach evaluation through the lens of a public health researcher. Much is to be gained through its pairing with the anthropology. In her talk, Elena will provide an example of a project where public health researchers and anthropologists worked in synergy to create a more holistic evaluation of a program for family serving organizations. Through this example she aims to provide a practical example of the two professions to bring more nuance into program evaluation.


    Isaac Morrison, MA is an applied anthropologist working as a contracted Monitoring and Evaluation specialist for the US Department of State and USAID. Over the past decade he has conducted evaluations of more than a dozen international development and assistance projects around the world including natural resource management projects in Kenya and Guatemala, disaster response programs in Nepal and Bangladesh, economic growth initiatives in Ghana, El Salvador and the Philippines, and US security assistance agreements in Chad and Uganda. He holds an Anthropology MA with an International Development focus from the George Washington University and a Cultural Anthropology BA with a Middle East focus from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has many insights for the master’s prepared applied anthropologist.

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Virtual (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on 15 October 2021)
    • 54

    Discussing Career Pathways for Anthropologists Across Continents

    Date:  16 October 2021

    Time:  9:00 am PT; 12:00 noon ET; 5:00 pm GMT

    Location:  Virtual (Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event)

    Featured Speakers:

    Emily Pace, Linguist, Convener for the Linguistic Society of America's Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group and Co-organizer for the recent Linguistics Career Launch bootcamp

    Matt Artz, Anthropologist, Founder and Career Coach at Anthro to UX, Founder and Principal Researcher, Azimuth Labs

    Ken Banks, Head of Social Purpose at Yoti

    Joana Breidenbach, Social Entrepreneur, author

    For more information on the featured speakers, click here.

    Ken C. Erickson (moderator), clinical associate professor in the Sonoco International Business Department, Darla Moore School of Business, U of South Carolina, and president and CEO of Pacific Ethnography

    Sponsored by: the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA); the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA); and the Applied Anthropology Network (AAN) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Past WAPA events

14 Sep 2021 The Known and the Unknown: Subsistence Fishing along the Potomac & Anacostia Rivers
08 Jun 2021 Anthropological Scattergories
04 May 2021 Dr. Deborah Tannen Reflects on a Distinguished Career in Linguistics as a Daughter, Sister, Professor, Citizen
07 Apr 2021 From Flocks of Sheep to Bunches of Roses: Archaeology and Ecological Transformation, Labor and the Hacienda System in Cayambe, Ecuador
02 Mar 2021 The Archaeology of Enslaved Children in Antebellum America
02 Feb 2021 Forensic Anthropology: More Than Just Bones
11 Jan 2021 The Social Life of Plastics
03 Dec 2020 Reflections on Resilience and Coping in the Aftermath of Mass Violence
04 Nov 2020 Presentations by the 2019 WAPA Praxis Award Winners
07 Oct 2020 An Anthropologist Out of Water: Utilizing Anthropological Methods and Thought in the Banking and Government Sectors
09 Sep 2020 Defunding the Police: Discussions on the Meaning, Efficacy, and Approaches
06 May 2020 Unseen Connections: Researching and Exhibiting Cellphones at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
03 Mar 2020 State Department Efforts to Protect Cultural Heritage in the Middle East and North Africa
11 Feb 2020 RESCHEDULED: Hearing the Unheard: How Archaeologists Share the Untold Stories of the Underrepresented
25 Jan 2020 2020 WAPA Winter Party/Potluck
13 Jan 2020 January Happy Hour/Networking: Reliable Tavern
16 Dec 2019 WAPA's Last Happy Hour of 2019: Reliable Tavern
04 Dec 2019 Archaeological Investigations at the Josiah Henson Park and Museum (NOTE DAY CHANGE)
13 Nov 2019 November Networking/Happy Hour: Reliable Tavern
06 Nov 2019 An Anthropologist’s Life in the Gig Economy (NOTE DAY OF WEEK CHANGE)
07 Oct 2019 October Networking/Happy Hour
01 Oct 2019 Preliminary Results of a Life History Interview Project with Central American Migrants to Improve Understanding of Health Needs and Guide Future Research
22 Sep 2019 2019 WAPA FALL POTLUCK
02 Jun 2019 WAPA's Spring 2019 Outing: National Museum of African American History and Culture
07 May 2019 DIY Ethnomusicology and Ethnochoreography
09 Apr 2019 Career Mentoring for Students and New Professionals
05 Mar 2019 Is Anthropology for Us?: Presenting a Space for Women Anthropologists
05 Feb 2019 Remembering, Forgetting, Denying: Can Anthropology Promote Social Justice?
27 Jan 2019 2019 WAPA Winter Party
04 Dec 2018 Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change
13 Nov 2018 "The United States Public Health Service Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male” in Tuskegee and Macon County, Alabama: Searching for Answers
02 Oct 2018 The AAA Looks to the Future
23 Sep 2018 WAPA Welcome Back 2018 Potluck
24 Jun 2018 WAPA'S Spring Potluck (Updated)
01 May 2018 Panel on Design Thinking and Culture Change
10 Apr 2018 An Evening with the 2017 Praxis Awardees
06 Mar 2018 Career Mentoring for Students and New Professionals
15 Feb 2018 World Anthropology Day Happy Hour
06 Feb 2018 Dr. Ruth Trocolli, City Archaeologist of DC
14 Jan 2018 2018 WAPA WINTER PARTY
10 Dec 2017 Training for Voices of Virginia
05 Dec 2017 December WAPA Meeting: The Business End of Research...
01 Dec 2017 Corrected! 2017 Praxis award and reception at AAAs
01 Dec 2017 Anthropological Research and Action Today
01 Dec 2017 CAREERS EXPO at the AAA!
27 Nov 2017 Film Screening: "Change in the Family"
14 Nov 2017 Anthropology Where You Might Not Expect
22 Oct 2017 WAPA Annual Fall Potluck Party
03 Oct 2017 First WAPA meeting of the 2017-2018 WAPA year!
03 Jun 2017 You're invited to the WAPA 2017 Waterfront Summer Picnic!
25 May 2017 WAPA May Happy Hour!
18 May 2017 WAPA Cares: Ethnography Meeting May 16, 6-8pm
02 May 2017 Is Anthropology Just for White People? Deconstructing Institutionalized Racism in an Academic Department
04 Apr 2017 Empowering Women to Build a More Equitable Future in Vietnam
02 Apr 2017 You're Invited! Planning Session for Group Ethnography on Social and Political Views Post 2016 Election
12 Mar 2017 Coping with the New Administration and Congress: a WAPA Cares Salon
09 Mar 2017 Making Key Anthropology Connections - Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists Speed Mentoring Event
19 Feb 2017 WAPA Student Brunch Meet-Up: Let's Talk about Connections!
07 Feb 2017 Contemporary Conversations on Immigration in the United States: The View from Prince George's County, Maryland
02 Feb 2017 SAVE THE DATE: WAPA Meetup-Salon Coping with the New Administration - Thursday February 2nd
29 Jan 2017 WAPA Winter Party!
06 Dec 2016 Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History
03 Nov 2016 AAA Prep Mixer at the Emissary
01 Nov 2016 An Anthropologist Figures out (in part) Retirement: the Origin of a Book on Memories and Meanderings in the Middle East.
06 Oct 2016 Black Lives Matter Panel
26 Jun 2016 WAPA's Summer Potluck
03 May 2016 Establishing Boundaries: Claims to Authority and Knowledge
03 May 2016 Pre-Meeting Dinner/Happy Hour for Establishing Boundaries: Claims to Authority and Knowledge
05 Apr 2016 WAPA's 40th Anniversary Celebration
06 Mar 2016 WAPA Winter Salon (rescheduled)
01 Mar 2016 Anthropology Students and Interdisciplinary Opportunity: How Are the Newest Generation of Anthropologists Crafting Their Research Across Disciplines to Thrive in Post-Graduate Life?
22 Feb 2016 February 2016 Networking / Happy Hour
02 Feb 2016 Pastors at Risk: A Wind of Change in the Culture of Health for the United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina
10 Jan 2016 WAPA Winter Party 2016
16 Dec 2015 December 2015 Networking / Happy Hour
01 Dec 2015 Applying Qualitative Methods to Inform FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaigns
10 Nov 2015 Finding the Next Job: Wisdom for all Seekers
21 Oct 2015 October 2015 Networking / Happy Hour
06 Oct 2015 Exploring Evaluation Anthropology
20 Sep 2015 WAPA Fall 2015 Welcome Back Party and Potluck
02 Sep 2015 August/September 2015 Networking / Happy Hour
22 Jul 2015 July 2015 Networking / Happy Hour
15 Jun 2015 June 2015 Happy Hour
07 Jun 2015 June 2015 Outing: Brookside Gardens Tour
05 May 2015 Keeping Our Circle Strong: Trauma-Informed Practice in Urban Indian Healthcare
11 Apr 2015 Student Event: WAPA / PASA Anthro+ Dinner
07 Apr 2015 But Will It Work Here? Anthropology Meets Implementation Science
16 Mar 2015 March 2015 Networking / Happy Hour
03 Mar 2015 Practicing Anthropology Professionally and Personally: Balancing Institutional and Activist Ideals
19 Feb 2015 Celebrate Anthropology Day with WAPA
19 Feb 2015 Anthropology Day at AAA
03 Feb 2015 Reflections on informing the AIDS response (or, How to keep the faith despite everyday assaults on the anthropological soul)
25 Jan 2015 WAPA 2015 Post Holiday Party and Potluck
15 Dec 2014 WAPA Dec 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
02 Dec 2014 Hiring Anthropology Adjuncts: Best and Worst Practices as Seen by the Hirers and the Hired
18 Nov 2014 Integrative Anthropology addresses Health Disparities
20 Oct 2014 October 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
07 Oct 2014 10/7: Archaeological Findings on the Pre-History of New England
28 Sep 2014 WAPA Fall 2014 Welcome Back Party and Potluck
15 Sep 2014 September 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
14 Sep 2014 Tour of Corcoran Gallery
20 Aug 2014 Happy hour and tour of Corcoran Gallery
18 Aug 2014 August 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
21 Jul 2014 July 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
16 Jun 2014 June 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
08 Jun 2014 WAPA Spring Picnic and Tour of Colonial Annapolis
19 May 2014 May 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
06 May 2014 Human Factors Engineering as a Career Choice (rescheduled from 10 December 2013)
21 Apr 2014 April 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
15 Apr 2014 Deconstructing the Silos: Bridging the Gap Between "Applied" and "Academic" Anthropology
01 Apr 2014 Qualitative Data Analysis Software Programs
19 Mar 2014 March 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
04 Mar 2014 2013 Praxis Award Winner Mark Edberg and Honorable Mention Recipient Laurie Schwede
19 Feb 2014 February 2014 Networking / Happy Hour
04 Feb 2014 Islam and Reproductive Health Care in Morocco
21 Jan 2014 WAPA January 2014 Networking/Happy Hour: NEW VENUE
12 Jan 2014 WAPA Winter Party
17 Dec 2013 December 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
19 Nov 2013 November 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
05 Nov 2013 Nov 2013: The Unexpected Rewards of a Career in Museum Anthropology
17 Oct 2013 WAPA Presents: Social Media and Fundraising Workshop
15 Oct 2013 October 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
01 Oct 2013 Shaping Culture and Identity through Visual Anthropology: Two Films from Appalachia and Nigeria
17 Sep 2013 September 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
15 Sep 2013 Fall 2013 Party
20 Aug 2013 August 2013 Networking / Happy Hour: Special Event
16 Jul 2013 July 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
20 Jun 2013 June 2013 Student Happy Hour
18 Jun 2013 June 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
16 Jun 2013 2013 Summer Outing: Sandy Spring Museum
21 May 2013 May 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
07 May 2013 Ethnographies of Energy
16 Apr 2013 April 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
02 Apr 2013 Anthropology Career Panel
19 Mar 2013 March 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
05 Mar 2013 Discussion Led by Ed Liebow, AAA Executive Director
26 Feb 2013 Salon: Discussing and Guiding Student Research
19 Feb 2013 February 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
05 Feb 2013 February 2013 Meeting
27 Jan 2013 WAPA Student Group Happy Hour and Discussion
15 Jan 2013 January 2013 Networking / Happy Hour
13 Jan 2013 Annual (Post)Holiday/Winter Potluck
18 Dec 2012 December 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
10 Dec 2012 WAPA Student Group Happy Hour and Discussion
04 Dec 2012 December 2012 Meeting
20 Nov 2012 November 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
13 Nov 2012 November 2012 Meeting
16 Oct 2012 October 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
02 Oct 2012 October 2012 Meeting
18 Sep 2012 September 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
09 Sep 2012 2012 Fall Gathering
21 Aug 2012 August 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
17 Jul 2012 July 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
19 Jun 2012 June 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
17 Jun 2012 2012 Summer Outing to Harpers Ferry, WV
15 May 2012 May 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
09 May 2012 Salon: The Faith and Organizations Project: Findings and Process
01 May 2012 May 2012 Meeting
17 Apr 2012 April 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
03 Apr 2012 April 2012 Meeting
29 Mar 2012 WAPA Reception, SfAA
20 Mar 2012 March 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
06 Mar 2012 March 2012 Meeting
21 Feb 2012 February 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
07 Feb 2012 February 2012 Meeting
17 Jan 2012 January 2012 Networking / Happy Hour
15 Jan 2012 WAPA's Annual (Post)Holiday/Winter Potluck
20 Dec 2011 December 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
06 Dec 2011 December 2011 Meeting
15 Nov 2011 November 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
01 Nov 2011 November 2011 Meeting
18 Oct 2011 October 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
11 Oct 2011 October 2011 Meeting
20 Sep 2011 September 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
18 Sep 2011 Fall Welcome Back Picnic
16 Aug 2011 August 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
19 Jul 2011 July 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
21 Jun 2011 June 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
12 Jun 2011 June 2011 Gathering: Historical Tours and Picnic
17 May 2011 May 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
03 May 2011 May 2011 Meeting
19 Apr 2011 April 2011 Networking / Happy Hour
13 Apr 2011 April 2011 Meeting: A Salon with Dr Siddiqur (Appollo) Rahman
15 Mar 2011 March 2011 Happy Hour
01 Mar 2011 March 2011 meeting
15 Feb 2011 February 2011 Happy Hour
01 Feb 2011 February 2011 Meeting
18 Jan 2011 January 2011 Happy Hour
09 Jan 2011 January 2011 Holiday Party
21 Dec 2010 December 2010 Happy Hour
07 Dec 2010 December 2010 Meeting
16 Nov 2010 November 2010 Happy Hour
09 Nov 2010 November 2010 Meeting
05 Oct 2010 October 2010 Meeting
12 Sep 2010 September 2010 Welcome Back Party

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