WELCOME ANTHROPOLOGY ALUMNI, STUDENTS,
COLLEAGUES, AND FRIENDS...
On Friday evening, April 20 the Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists (MSAPA) will host a free wine and cheese reception. Planned for downtown Memphis, this event will let
you reunite with longtime friends and colleagues.
Saturday, April 21 begins with a free conference highlighting our program's history and the accomplishments of our alumni and students.
This meeting will allow you to promote your own research or that of your agency, catch up with the work of colleagues,
and network with new community partners. It will also offer you the opportunity to have your name and that of your agency
appear in the official commemorative meeting program. The conference theme is "35 Years of Anthropological Praxis at The University of Memphis: Past to Present,
Local to Global, Academia to Engagement."
The day begins with a free continental breakfast, hosted by the University of Memphis
Alumni Association, followed by a poster session featuring the work of alumni, students,
and faculty. Posters may highlight your own work or that of your agency, including
research, engaged scholarship, programs and services, or other topics that reveal
the impact of our alumni, students, faculty, and collaborators on campus and in the
The early afternoon will include tours of campus and the department, and workshops
on grant writing, and on consulting. A third workshop has been added: techniques
for conducting in-house or agency-based program evaluations. A welcome center will
be open in Manning Hall 322 for participants to pick up coffee and snacks before the workshops, and to view screenings
of a planned commemorative video on the history of our program, featuring interviews with alumni.
Save some energy for the evening of Saturday, April 21, when we will hold a gala dinner at the Peabody. We have reserved the entire top floor of the hotel, including its Skyway Ballroom
and outdoor rooftop patio. The gala includes a cash bar, a dinner featuring Moroccan
cuisine, and a dessert buffet. Guests will be treated to an exhibition of tribal dance,
and a keynote address by Malinowski Award winner Dr. Jean Schensul. The gala will also include a silent auction; we have already collected many wondrous
items from around the world for the sale, including jewelry, textiles, fossils, pottery,
and wines. Gala tickets are just $50 per person, and must be paid in advance. Don't
miss this memorable celebration.
The reunion weekend wraps up on Sunday, April 22 with a free farewell picnic at Chucalissa, sponsored by the University of Memphis Anthropology Student Club. Bring your family along for food, games, and a behind-the-scenes tour of CH Nash
Museum. If you haven't been to Chucalissa for a while you will be amazed by the many
new exhibits and features. The picnic will make a relaxing finale to the weekend.
Online registration is HERE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to donate silent auction items.
Save the date and we'll see you April 20-22!