Re: applied anthro

Tue, 13 Dec 1994 17:17:43 EDT

Marsha Quinlan wrote about a Local Practitioner Organization (LPO)
in TN. I wanted to echo the value of LPO's. Our LPO, SCOPA, an
acronym for Sun Coast Organization of Practicing Anthropologists, has
been in existence (on & off) for about 8 years and our membership
includes a wide range of anthropologists and archeologists. Last
year alone, our membership shot up from 23 to 43 and all indications
are that the growth streak has not stopped. We have surveyed the
members and are right now trying to re-define SCOPA and our
activities to better suit our membership. Preliminary data from
surveys and focus groups point to members placing importance
on being able to have ties to other anthro's - applied or otherwise.


> In Memphis (not DC, NY or Chicago--not even close) there is a group called Mid-
> South Assn. of Professional (or Practicing?) Anthropologists -- MSAPA. This is
> a group of people from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State), Rho
> des College, AND other anthros who work for the local govnt and area hospitals,
> etc. MSAPA meets a few times a year for a meeting , usually followed by somet
> hing involving food and possibly tequila. It is a low key organization that ke
> eps the community graduate students and professionals from all realms in touch
> with eachother. It also has resulted in several community projects and student
> practicums. Groups like MSAPA provide one solution to the out-of-touch problem
> several folks mentioned yesterday.
> Sarah Hautzinger asked "how viable is going back into an academic position afte
> r working in applied anthro?" I would also like to hear anyone's opinion/exper
> iences/advice on that issue. Any takers? --Marsha
Alayne Unterberger (
College of Public Health
University of South Florida