Applying Anthro in the Inne

Steve Maack (steve_maack@QMBRIDGE.CALSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 9 Nov 1993 14:19:39 U

This message is an unabashed self-promotion announcement, since I am chair
of the following session. I invite all on ANTHRO-L and ANTHAP who are
going to the AAA meetings to attend the NAPA (National Association for the
Practice of Anthropology) and SUA (Society for Urban Anthropology)
co-invited session on Thursday morning, November 18, 1993, 8-11 a.m.,
Military Room, Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. as follows:


As the national agenda turns again to problems of the inner city,
anthropologists have new opportunities to apply their knowledge to
addressing those problems. The primary purpose of this session is to
report how applied anthropologists have been using anthropological theory
and methodological approaches to inform a variety of policy and program
responses to inner city issues in the United States and in Mexico. A
secondary purpose is to explore special contributions which anthropologists
can make when working with others from their own ethnic groups in their own
communities. The session illustrates the diverse arenas in which
anthropologists are applying their skills in the inner city. Karen Curtis
discusses program and policy issues of providing emergency food relief to
people in need in Hartford, Connecticut. Nancy Churchill draws on
ethnographic research to analyze the feasibility of welfare-to-work
initiatives and policies. Edward Liebow et al. reports on helping agencies
seeking to delivery HIV prevention programs to inner-city teens in Seattle.
Eduardo Nivon discusses how he and other anthropologists encourage
community participation and preservation of neighborhood social structures
during the search for reconstruction alternatives following earthquakes and
sewer line explosions in Mexico City. Yolanda Moses focuses on the
dynamics of change as personnel from regional universities "broker"
interaction between youth gangs and the traditional agencies that work with
them in Los Angeles. Kyeyoung Park shows how application of
anthropological theory and methods have helped the Korean-American
community deal with the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots. Stephen Maack
reports on using anthropology while assisting four non-profit agenices in
multi-cultural Los Angeles, before and after the rebellion. Elliott
Skinner brings years of distinguished involvement with national and
international policy and program development to his role as discussant.

1) Karen Curtis (University of Delaware), "Are Emergency Feeding Programs
Serving Emergency Needs? The Case of Wilmington, Delaware."

2) Nancy Churchill (University of Connecticut), "Using Anthropology to
Inform Welfare-to-Work Policy"

3) Edward B. Liebow, K.M. Branch, C.E. Orians, and E.S. Terrill, (Battelle
Human Affairs Research Centers), "Community-Based Health Care and HIV
Prevention Among Seattle's Inner-City Teens" (Liebow to

4) David Hartman (University of North Texas), Dexter Taylor (University of
Maryland), and Nita Bryant (Virginia Commonwealth University), "Educational
Policy and Training Implications of Anthropological Research: Lessons from
an Inner City School" (Hartman to present)

5) Yolanda Moses (City College, CUNY), "Cultural Brokers in the Inner
City: Gangs, Universities, and Churches"
(AAA President-Elect Moses may become a second discussant)

6) Eduardo Nivon and Gustavo Rodriguez, (Autonomous Metropolitan State
University, Iztapalapa, Mexico), "Mexican Anthropologists' Participation in
Urban Emergencies"
(Nivon to present)

7) Kyeyoung Park (University of California, Los Angeles), "Race and
Ethnicity, Culture and Class: Rebuilding Koreatown in South-Central Los

8) Stephen Maack (California State University, Chancellor's Office),
"Lessons from Applying Anthropology in Los Angeles Non-Profit Agencies
Before and After the Rebellion"

Discussant: Elliott P. Skinner (Columbia University)

Thanks for your time to all who read this far. Hope to see you there.

Dr. Stephen C. Maack
Academic Resources, Suite 314
The California State University, Chancellor's
400 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4275
(310) 985-2880