Town Hall to Learn about Norfolk 2021 Hybrid Meeting

We want to thank all who have already registered for our Norfolk 2021 hybrid meeting and encourage others to register and reach out to your colleagues, particularly potential new members, and invite them to participate. As part of our meeting planning, we hosted two online town hall meetings during which we talked about:

  • Explain the hybrid meeting format and our contingency plan to be completely virtual should COVID-19 prevent us from meeting in person in Norfolk; 
  • Answer your questions about registration, submissions and formats for your sessions;
  • Hear your suggestions for how we can improve the meeting, including the hosting of additional online town halls or workshops to help members prepare their sessions or posters.

Below are the recordings of the two Town Hall meetings. 

If you have questions, please contact Michael Paolisso, SfAA president-elect, at; Melissa Cope at; or Kira Collins, Programming and Technology Coordinator, 

Michael Paolisso

Webinar Speakers

Rebecca Eli Long (Ph.D. Student @Purdue University)
Rebecca Eli Long is a multidisciplinary scholar-activist who uses lived experiences of disability to imagine a socially just, sustainable future. They hold an M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University, and they are currently a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. Their research explores the links between disability, violence, and activism, with a commitment to applying disability justice principles in campus and community settings.

Michael Paolisso (President Elect @Society for Applied Anthropology)
Michael Paolisso is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. His applied anthropology research focuses on human and environmental issues, including management of fisheries and agriculture, water pollution, restoration, social justice, socio-ecological adaptation and resilience, and climate change. He is President-Elect of the SfAA.

Kira Collins (Programming and Technology Coordinator @Society for Applied Anthropology)
Kira is an applied cultural anthropologist who recently graduated from Purdue's master's program. During her time at Purdue she has worked as a research consultant with the West Lafayette city government to implement a social media and branding strategy, as well as to help design a public engagement approach. Since returning to California, Kira has worked as a consultant for a medical device company, where her focus was to develop and evaluate a training model for new employees. She currently works with the Society for Applied Anthropology where she is helping to design and implement online offerings for the upcoming annual meeting.

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