The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce the results of the Competition for the Gil Kushner Memorial Travel Awards for 2019.  The awardees are Erika Finestone and Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani.  Each will receive a travel scholarship of $500 to offset the expenses of attending the 79thAnnual Meeting of the Society in Portland, OR, March 19-23, 2019.

Ms. Finestone will present her paper (Service) Resistance and Indigenous Family Resiliency: Decolonial Harm-Reduction Strategies in Urban Family and Community Service Agencies on Thursday, March 21.  Ms. Finestone is currently a Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.

Mr. Bagheri Sarvestani is a Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, University of Kansas.  Mr. Bagheri Sarvestani will present his paper Taking Stock of Indigenous Rights Progress among Chortís of Copán and Ocotepeque on Wednesday, March 20.  

The Gil Kushner Memorial Travel Awards commemorate Gilbert Kushner, a longtime SfAA Fellow and winner of the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in establishing applied anthropology as a graduate discipline, he served as Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa from 1971 to 1985 and as Associate Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences from 1971 until 1978.

Please contact the SfAA Office for additional information.  A more detailed biography of each of the awardees is featured on the SfAA website (, click on “Awards”).

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