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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

    • 01 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sumner School (1201 17th St NW)

    Panel on Design Thinking and Culture Change

    Speakers:  Joseph Kunkel and Judy Tso
    Date: Tuesday, 1 May 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Sumner School

    The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists’ (WAPA) concluding meeting for the 2018-2019 season will focus on Design Thinking and Culture Change. Our esteemed guests will include Joseph Kunkel and Judy Tso.

    ASL interpretation will be available for this event. Please contact Erik Kjeldgaard at least 48 hours prior to the event if you require ASL interpretation or other accommodation for this event.

    JOSEPH KUNKEL will speak on “The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative”

    William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engaged Practices, Joseph Kunkel will present on his practice and research work he and fellow collaborators are pursuing in Native American communities that address issues around affordable housing and cultural sustainability with implications for indigenous communities globally.

    JUDY TSO, MAA, ACC, CMF will speak on “Bringing Design Thinking to Large Organizations: From Bumps to Breakthroughs”

    Judy Tso will discuss how anthropology has influenced design over the last 20 years. Design thinking has gained popularity in large-scale organizations and her talk will address recent efforts to implement this approach into organizational thinking as well as lessons learned along the way, as it pertains to changing culture.


    Joseph Kunkel, a Northern Cheyenne Tribal Member, is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. A passionate community designer, planner, and educator, Joseph’s work has encompassed several schematic and built community housing and development projects, the research, and publication of 22 case studies and best practices highlighting exemplary Native housing processes, and dozens of workshops and studios to build the design and technical capacity of students and practitioners in Indian Country. At SNCC, he is currently engaged in housing and development projects with Spokane, Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw, and Mohawk tribes. Joseph holds an undergraduate degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Hartford and a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship and is currently the William Wilson Corcoran Visiting Professor of Community Engagement at the George Washington University within the Corcoran School of Arts and Design.

    Judy Tso is a human development professional currently serving as a Leadership Development Manager at Lockheed Martin. She is responsible for middle manager and director level leadership development programming. She has won two awards for the Mid-Level Leader Program including a Bronze Medal from Chief Learning Officer and a Gold Medal from Brandon Hall.  Previous to this position, Judy worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and at the University of Maryland as an internal consultant. For a period of years she ran her own consulting firm, concentrating in the areas of product development, organizational development, diversity and inclusion as well as work in coaching, training and leadership development. She is a certified master facilitator, certified coach and holds an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of Business and a Masters of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.

    Pre-meeting get together: Join the speakers for dinner or snacks from 5:30-6:45 pm, at  the Edgar Bar and Kitchen, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC.

    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 through the double doors under the black metal staircase. Check with security for the meeting room.  Government ID Is required for entry to the building.

    • 03 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • George Washingtion Birthplace National Monument (1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443)


    Date:  Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Time:  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Ranger-led tour @2:00 pm, picnic area closes at dusk)

    Location: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach, VA 22443

    Join us for WAPA's spring potluck, the final outing of the 2017-2018 season! Event is open to members and their families as well as those interested in joining WAPA. Potluck will be held at the Pope’s Creek Picnic Area Pavilion, located at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. The pavilion and picnic area sit on a bluff overlooking the mouth of Pope’s Creek with views of the Potomac River. A connecting footbridge leads to the historic area, farm, colonial garden, visitor center and gift shop.

    Please bring an item to share based on the first letter of your last name:

     A-F:  appetizers or salads

    G-M: entrees

    N-S:  desserts

    T-Z:  bread, crackers, or beverages (non-alcoholic and/or alcoholic)

    If what you are assigned does not work for you, no worries!  Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

    Carpooling:  Ridesharing to the potluck may be coordinated on the carpooling page.  You can subscribe by clicking on the link in order to receive email notifications when others post requests for or offers of rides.

Past WAPA events

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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