On March 28, dozens of anthropologists and other applied social scientists join local experts to host a series of sessions focused on our region’s diverse heritage, its complex and challenging present and its future as a world destination. Sponsored by the Society for Applied Anthropology, this one-day event, which is free to the public, marks the first day of its annual conference, March 28-April 1, 2017.

Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis of Santa Fe and a scholar in residence at the School for Advanced Research, has been appointed program chair of the 77th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Recognizing the importance of history and heritage, she proposed “Trails, Traditions, and New Directions” as the conference theme, which has been enthusiastically embraced. The conference begins March 28 at 8:30 am with “All Trails Lead to Santa Fe,” a historical presentation on the city’s three major trails and their enduring legacy.

With over 1,800 people registered from 33 different countries, the conference will be one of the biggest ever hosted by the Society and Santa Fe itself. A total of 334 sessions addressing a range of social issues will be conducted at the La Fonda, the Inn at Loretto and the Drury Plaza Hotel. Mayor Javier M. Gonzales will read a proclamation in honor of the Society, which, as he points out, addresses topics such as immigration, climate change, water, health, public safety, and education that are of major concern in our community. Although those wishing to attend the entire conference are required to pay a registration fee (see https://www.sfaa.net/), the opening day is free to the public.

The conference begins on Tuesday, March 28 with “Santa Fe/New Mexico Day.” These events include an impressive roster of Southwestern-focused sessions on climate change, public health, farming, food scarcity, and water issues. Included are sessions on seed saving, gardens, and culinary traditions. Public health will be examined historically and a collaboration between anthropologists and New Mexico health professionals will be assessed. A Crucial Conversations Roundtable: Sanctions vs Sanctuary will examine the impact of our changing national policies on immigrant communities.

 

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