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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Biological Seat: Geoff Clark and Lorena Madrigal.

Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.

Geoff Clark

Clark_GeoffTo paraphrase the Wenner-Gren Foundation, I take anthropology to be the ‘world sciences of humankind’ and our mandate to be to arrive at a better understanding of our biological and cultural heritage as social primates both in the past and the present. My own field, paleoanthropology, approaches this goal by integrating human paleontology, paleolithic archaeology, molecular biology, primatology and allied disciplines under the overarching conceptual framework of evolutionary biology. Like its founders, I think paleoanthropology has something unique to contribute to a better understanding of the human career and that all its subfields can potentially play a role in doing that. But we must not only tackle the big intellectual issues (e.g., what does it mean, biologically and culturally, to be a ‘modern human’?), but also try to convey this knowledge to an American public famously skeptical of science. If we abdicate our responsibility to take principled stands on controversial public issues central to the very areas of our own expertise, we surrender the stage to those less qualified than we to make informed contributions to the resolution of these issues. If elected, I would emphasize this ‘activist’ aspect of our field – contesting the claims of the various anti- and pseudo-science constituencies arrayed against us.

Lorena Madrigal

Madrigal_LorenaAs an active member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, I am aware of the fact that there are many members of the AAPA who are not members of the AAA. In the past, some of us in the AAPA have felt that biological anthropology has not had a place of importance within the AAA. However, this has changed. In my own experience in a AAA committee, I have been able to see how biological anthropology has been incorporated and welcomed. My hope is that if I am elected in one of the Executive Board Biological Seats, AAPA members will see a familiar name in the AAA board, given that I just stepped down from the presidency of the AAPA. If I am elected to this position, my goal is to represent the interests of biological anthropologists, and therefore, to bring more biological anthropologists into the fold of the AAA. People are more likely to join an association if they see themselves, and their interests represented in it. In sum, I will stand up for biological anthropology in the AAA.

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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Minority Seat: Sonya Atalay and Bernard Perley.

Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.

Sonya_AtalaySonya Atalay

Like many of us, perhaps, two things drew me to anthropology: intellectual curiosity about human behavior and a deep-rooted concern about the problems and injustices apparent in our world. As a Native American, I walked through the door of anthropology with a healthy dose of skepticism about the disciplines’ ability to achieve its aims of understanding all aspects of human society in ways that ‘do no harm’ while at the same time increasing public understanding; putting knowledge to work to solve real world problems; and even addressing injustices. Within the AAA we set high goals for our profession, and I think it’s important to maintain a critical gaze about what anthropology is, where the discipline’s headed, and where work remains. Some of the challenges I see for anthropology are internal, others require us to reframe and reassert our relevance to multiple external audiences. I will bring to the Executive Board leadership experiences as a member of the AAA Committee on Minority Issues as well as in chairing and as a member of Society for American Archaeology committees. I have familiarity with public policy as a member of the National NAGPRA Review Committee, and a commitment to engaged research crossing two sub-fields, both cultural anthropology and archaeology.

Bernard PerleyBernard Perley

I, Bernard Perley, am asking for your vote to become your Minority Seat representative on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association.  As a Native American and an anthropologist I am committed to making the American Anthropological Association a professional organization that welcomes and encourages minority participation at all levels.  Having served as an officer for SANA and AIA I am aware of the need to address issues of race and racism in anthropology.  As your representative for the Minority Seat I promise to work toward increasing the presence and participation of minority voices and visions in Anthropology.  I promise to work closely with current Executive Board members and I promise to take a leadership role as we help all our minority scholars find their professional voices in anthropology. I also promise to serve all my fellow anthropologists as we collectively identify productive and promising paths toward greater minority representation and professional development. This is an exciting time for our organization as increasing numbers of young minority scholars seek professional careers in anthropology and I look forward to welcoming them into an inclusive professional community.   I hope to do so by serving as your Minority Seat representative.  Thank you.

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