APLA at AAA 2016: Early Career Mentoring

Minneapolis Reflection 2” by Matthew Paulson. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

By Christine Hegel-Cantarella

At the 2016 AAA meetings, APLA will be offering two Early Career mentoring events; these events are free and open to all conference attendees. The first event, titled “Writing for the Media,” asks how we, as anthropologists, can contribute to public discussions on current events by using the media to reach broader audiences. Three anthropologists who have experience working with the press – Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University), Gabriella Coleman (McGill University), and Alex Fattal (Penn State University) – will share tips with junior scholars who are interested in writing feature articles, op-eds, and commentaries. The workshop will take place on Friday, November 18, from 12:15pm to 1:30pm. Attendees should feel free to bring their lunch. For more information on this event, please contact Ieva Jusionyte at jusionyte@fas.harvard.edu.

The second event is titled, “Crafting a Scholarly Profile and Building Your Professional Network.” Participants are invited to bring a 300-word draft scholarly profile, the kind that might appear on a professional webpage, for feedback from peers on how to best represent one’s interests and research. This discussion will also be the basis for coordinating small post-conference writing groups among participants who share topical or geographical interests and who would like to share work with one another for feedback moving forward.  The event will take place on Thursday, November 17, from 12:15pm to 1:30pm. Attendees should feel free to bring their lunch. Please RSVP to Christine Hegel-Cantarella at hegelcantarellac@wcsu.edu by November 15 if you would like to attend.

In addition, APLA is hosting a number of Graduate Student Workshops; learn more and sign up here: APLA Graduate Student Workshops.

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