Great Lakes Regional Conference, March 30-31

Great Lakes Regional Conference, March 30-31

THEME: Anthropology Engagement in the Community

Conference Flyer

March 30–31, 2018
Parkland College
Champaign, Illinois

Engaged anthropologists collaborate with community members in research processes, advocate for these members, and teach and educate the public while critically addressing social issues. Public anthropology promotes communicating anthropological knowledge to a primarily non-academic audience. Following the mandate of other SACC regional conferences, we hope to provide a forum for community college faculty and students, and those with whom we work in partnership, to network and benefit from shared information and strategies on ongoing collaborations.

Our conference theme invites attendees—community college anthropology faculty and students, and their community collaborators—to address the unique challenges and rewards in executing anthropology collaborative projects at the institutional or individual level. Following the trends in the discipline in the past two decades, we wish to explore how community colleges practice both engaged and public anthropology. Engaged anthropologists collaborate with community members in research processes, advocate for these members, and teach and educate the public while critically addressing social issues

Call for Papers and Posters

The Society for Anthropology in the Community Colleges (SACC) is a section of the American Anthropology Association (AAA). The Great Lakes Region includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin; however there is no restriction regarding residency as colleagues of other states are welcome to participate.

Proposals for paper presentation topics relating to collaborative initiatives and engagement with the community will be given priority. Presentations that highlight applied or public anthropology work will also be given priority. Proposals can cover any of the four fields of anthropology: Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological or Physical Anthropology, and Linguistic Anthropology.

Paper presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes. Papers will be divided into panels by the organizers. Given the short timeframe for this conference, we ask that all participants be mindful and follow this time limit.

POSTERS: We invite students, faculty, and community collaborators to submit a poster for our conference poster session. Prospective presenters should send an abstract–no longer than 125 words– to the Program Chair, Dr. Isabel Scarborough at: [email protected]. Please also include your name and institution affiliation as you wish it to appear in our program, and your paper or poster title. Abstracts and narratives must be received no later than February 28, 2018. All received submissions will receive a confirmation email within a week of submission. Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be communicated by March 7, 2018

Please address any questions regarding the conference and this Call for Papers to the SACC Great Lakes Regional Chairs: Dr. Karen Muir, at [email protected] or Dr. Isabel Scarborough, at [email protected].

2017 – Boise

2017 – Boise

Meeting Information:

Location: Boise, ID.
Date: April 5-8, 2017
Theme: Student Engagement Equals Student Success: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Anthropology

Meeting Summary:

Letter from SACC President:

SACCFest Boise was held in the capital city of Idaho April 5-8, 2017. I am proud to report that we had impressive registration numbers with approximately 50 registrants. The College of Western Idaho (CWI) was very generous in funding 18 student registrations which obviously helped our bottom line but also succeeded in providing an atmosphere in which students, in this case, CWI Anthropology majors, were able to not only attend a professional conference but also participate with faculty in meaningful ways and present their own research.

The theme of SACCFest Boise was, Student Engagement Equals Student Success: Strategies for Teaching Anthropology. As a SACCer since 2012, I recall attending SACCFest San Diego andthinking, these are ‘my people’, they have their priorities exactly where I do – with our students. I knew when Ann Bragdon approached me in Burlington in 2014 to be President, that SACCFest Boise would need to reflect a focus on both the pedagogy of Anthropology as well as provide a space for our majors to speak out about what is impactful to them in our discipline which is why Evin Rodkey and I incorporated a round table discussion on the matter. I also knew that not a single registrant (beyond my students) had been to Idaho before (at least more than a drive through on I-84, Mel!) so I wanted to showcase the diversity and richness of the many subcultures that thrive in southwest Idaho such as the Basque community, the Mexican community, the Paiute community, and our refugee community.

We were blessed by the weather gods after Boise’s worst winter in 36 years to have our SACCFest Welcome Dinner outside on the Basque Block in gorgeous sunshine and that beautiful ‘golden hour’ light that the high desert is so renowned for. I remember Diane Levine asking me a couple days later, “so what was your back up plan if the weather had been bad?” I replied, “there was no back up plan, so I’m really glad it all worked out!” Having the wonderful paella from the Basque Market and the Oinkari Basque Dancers perform along with master accordionist Dan Ansotegui was a fantastic start to the conference. Plus seeing my Chair Justin Vance and his lovely wife Kim skipping along with the dancers was priceless.

The next two days faculty and students alike enjoyed a well-rounded series of papers, including a tasty and soulful Middle Eastern buffet lunch on The Owyhee rooftop terrace by Iraqi refugee and chef Salam Bunyan. We had two student award winners; Kelsey Wilber from College of Western Idaho won the Student Award for Academic Excellence and presented on Student Engagement Through Rock Art Recordation which highlighted the CWI Anthropology Club’s Petroglyph Recording Project via a GIS StoryMap Kelsey created. Karina Parker from San Diego Miramar College won the Student Award for Creativity, Leadership, and Community Service and presented on Home Truths: An Undergraduate’s Ethnographic Study of College Student Homelessness which featured her fieldwork that raised awareness for the marginalized existence so many community college students experience. This was followed by a fantastic key note presentation on Incorporating “Human Behavioral Ecology” into Introductory Anthropology Classes by Dr. Kristin Snopkowski, where faculty were given resources and activities related to HBE at the 100 level. The Basque Market provided a beautiful, mouth-watering spread of pintxoak, bite-size artistic morsels which disappeared as SACCers were regaled by my friend, colleague, and standup comedian in another life, Dr. John Ysursa on an introductory lesson to Basque history and culture. After touring the Basque Museum, SACCFest participants were treated to a lesson in pala (racquetball) and pilota (handball) by longtime Basque athlete Jerry Aldape. After several squirrely balls ricocheting directly towards us by enthusiastic SACCers, it was time to call it a day!

The field trip on Saturday started out at the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area’s Dedication Point overlook where we viewed the aftermath of the Bonneville Flood 15,000 years ago from the dramatic canyon rim. After dropping down into the canyon floor at Celebration Park’s Crossroads Transportation Museum we had the opportunity to enjoy a hearty welcome to the sacred wintering grounds of the Northern Paiute and Shoshone peoples by a riveting musical experience by revered Paiute Elder Mr. Ron Sam who drummed and sang for us while his nephew Daultin Pendleton performed the timeless Grass Dance. This was followed by a lively performance by Monique Michel-Duarte and her Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo dance troupe who represented the vibrant Mexican American culture highlighting folk dances from Veracruz state. While there were petroglyphs to observe, atlatls to throw, and exhibits to enjoy, the undisputed favorite event was the boat ride up the Snake River canyon by Dave Loper. Weirong Cai could not have had bigger eyes and a wider smile when I asked her how she liked that boat ride! After boarding the coach we took the scenic route into the Wine Region of the Sunny Slope along Chicken Dinner Road (yes, it’s a real road and Laura González has the picture to prove it) where we were deposited at the gorgeous Koenig Winery. While SACCers enjoyed their box lunches from The Orchard House, a plethora of Idaho wines were tasted culminating in a surprise (to me anyway!) wine raffle sponsored by my dad Gary Gorrell. Six bottles went to lucky SACCers whose names were pulled out of his hat – a very nice contribution.

SACCFest Boise 2017 ended that evening with a lovely top-notch dinner at the best restaurant in town, Chandler’s. It was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying themselves and certainly a relief for me to see this year-long planning odyssey come to a satisfactory end. Ann Kaupp pointed out how many SACC Presidents were in attendance and confirmed they all understood exactly what I was feeling –exhausted relief! Ultimately SACCFest’s greatest strength is that Anthropology faculty (and hopefully, increasingly, students!) are able to come together and be inspired by each other’s research and recommendations, all while provoking intellectual and pedagogical discussions that enrich our effectiveness in the classroom!


Conference Photos

Who we are

Who we are

SACC is a network of people who teach anthropology in community and two-year colleges. SACC’s major interests are in the teaching of anthropology, sharing teaching strategies, increasing the visibility of community colleges.



What we do

What we do

SACC sponsors annual conferences and publishes a journal- SACC/AAA Papers from Annual Meetings, and a column in AAA’s Anthropology News. We also engage with multiple social media platforms to disseminate information and facilitate discussions. We publish the Open-Access Cultural Anthropology textbook, Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology.