Practicing Anthropology Student Association Presents:

AnthroPlus Student Conference

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The University of Maryland, College Park
Location: Nyumburu Cultural Center, Multi-Purpose Room
Breakfast and lunch will be served.

This event is funded in part by the Department of Anthropology, 
the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 
and your Graduate Student Activities Fee.

Open To All Graduate Students!


Theme: Exploring Engaged Anthropology

What does engagement mean? How do anthropologists, professional and within the academy engage with communities whom they work with and for? In what ways are collaboration, difference, and diversity integral to engagement? Please join us as we explore these questions and more in the hope of expanding an understanding of engaged anthropology. We invite graduate and undergraduate students in anthropology, social sciences, and related fields to contribute to this multidisciplinary student run conference.

Keynote Speakers:
Jennifer Talken-Spaulding and Dr. Frances Norwood  

Jennifer Talken-Spaulding has been selected as the Bureau Cultural Anthropologist for the NPS Cultural Anthropology Program. She will manage the NPS Cultural Anthropology Program and oversee the Park NAGPRA and Tribal Historic Preservation Programs. Talken-Spaulding is an anthropologist and program manager with 20 years' experience in cultural resource management.

Talken-Spaulding developed the first Regional Cultural Anthropology Program for the NPS National Capital Region and has served as that region's cultural anthropologist since 2012. Prior to her current position, she worked in national park units in Montana, the Southwest, California, Hawaii, and the Mid-Atlantic.

Talken-Spaulding received degrees in cultural anthropology from Western Michigan University (1995) and George Mason University (2008), where she was recently honored as a distinguished alumna. She has written on place-making, urban ethnographic resources, and understanding contemporary expressions of heritage within state and federal heritage areas. She currently serves as an Advisory Editor for Practicing Anthropology.

Dr. Frances Norwood is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University.

 She is also currently President of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. With a PhD in medical anthropology from the University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley, Dr. Norwood has 20 plus years experience conducting health policy research on innovations in home- and community-based care, long term care and end of life supports for persons who are elderly and disabled. She is author of a number of articles on chaplaincy and end-of-life care and is recipient of the Margaret Mead Award for her book, The Maintenance of Life (2009).  You can read more current research and activities at https://francesnorwood.wordpress.com/.


Register for Free

AnthroPlus is a conference by graduate students for students in the field of anthropology and akin disciplines. Submissions of paper and poster abstracts about original research, ideas and projects are now welcome. Submission is not restricted to students of anthropology -- all students doing relevant work in the social sciences and humanities are welcome to submit! 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided! 

Nyumburu Cultural Center

2017 Location: 

Nyumburu Cultural Center
Multi-Purpose Center