San Diego Regional Conference, April 13-14

San Diego Regional Conference, April 13-14


THEME: Anthropology / Revolution / Praxis

Conference Program

2018 SACC Regional Conference
San Diego CA
April 13-14, 2018
at San Diego Miramar College


Our conference theme, ANTHROPOLOGY/REVOLUTION/PRAXIS, focuses on the revolutionary role anthropology can play in a student’s life; our role as teachers to deconstruct social, cultural, and biological myths; and the role of praxis in making change.

Papers are welcome on the theme, but also on teaching, best practices, activities and lesson plans, supporting students, and other aspects of the college experience. We will feature a short section of the conference on Friday on prison ethnography as well.

Panels and activities are also welcomed. Please specify when submitting abstract.

Please submit abstract of no more than 125 words by MARCH 1, 2018

Submit abstracts here:



REGISTRATION COST: $50 general, $25 students

Registration is now open on the AAA website under Section Meetings at this link: AAA Section Meetings

Registration for non-AAA members is also at this same site.  For video instructions on how to register, please refer to this instructional video: SACC Meeting Registration Tutorial


Additional Information


  • Holiday Inn Express San Diego Sorrento Valley
    5925 Lusk Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92121
  • Reserve your room by calling 858.731.0100 or booking online through this special reservation link (if link doesn’t work, go to AAA > Section Meetings for link). The deadline for making room reservations at the special AAA rates of $129 (double queen) or $119 (king) is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (5:00 pm Pacific Time). When making reservations by phone, please mention you are with the SACC Conference or the American Anthropological Association. The block of rooms is limited, and rooms might sell out before the deadline. To ensure availability at the group rate, please make your reservations as soon as possible.
  • Includes free hot breakfast, free wifi, and free parking.
  • The hotel is located 10 minutes (5 miles) from Miramar College. If you do not have a car, we will also have free shuttle service at the beginning and end of Friday’s conference day (8 am – 5 pm).
  • The conference location on Saturday will be in the Holiday Inn Express hotel meeting room (8 am – 12 pm).



  • Included in the registration price: Friday’s lunch, coffee and snacks, and Saturday coffee and snacks. The hotel has free breakfast for guests.
  • Friday night, no-host dinner is planned at one of San Diego’s premier craft beer and food restaurants, Karl Strauss Brewing Company
  • If staying at the hotel, it is a short walk to the restaurant.
  • Restaurant Address: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 9675 Scranton Rd. San Diego, CA 92121


Things to Do on Saturday afternoon or Sunday


About the Featured Speakers

Robert Gumpert, a California-based photographer with extensive international experience, documents social issues and institutions, including service and industrial work, jails and the criminal justice system, and emergency rooms and paramedics. His collaborative Take A Picture/Tell a Story project in the San Francisco County jails exchanges inmates’ portraits for their stories.

Like an ethnographer, Bob asks each person to “tell me a story” and provides a deeply immersive moment for the viewer. Please visit his photos at He and his wife Sandra Cate, an anthropologist who is Emeritus Faculty at San Jose State University, collaborated to produce the ethnographic article about informal food exchange in jail/prison, “Breaking Bread with a Spread,” published in Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies in 2008 (  


Dr. Laura Pecenco is Sociology faculty at San Diego Miramar College. Her dissertation research at UCSD focused on arts in corrections and led to the founding of PROJECT PAINT, a program at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in South County, San Diego. Project Paint creates collaborative projects, such as murals, conducts visual arts and fine crafts workshops, and provides informative lectures for inmates as rehabilitation. Laura visits the prison weekly to run classes and workshops.

PBS May 2017 Article: Teachers Beat the “Macho Culture” in Prisons Through Art Programs


Alec Griffin is a career educator who is currently teaching anthropology in a prison setting.  His primary focus is the anthropology of policy.  Armed with hard data to show that prison recidivism rates drop with increased education, California passed Senate Bill 1391 in 2014, which enabled community colleges to scale up course offerings to incarcerated individuals.  This opportunity has provided insights into the cultural dynamics of a policy itself and the transformative effect the field of anthropology can have on incarcerated individuals.

The Urban Scholars Union is an organization of student advocates in the San Diego Community College District with lived experience committed to empowering all cultures transitioning from incarceration to education. Their goals are to cut recidivism rates through empowerment, leadership development, and reconstruction of social and personal narratives. 10 News San Diego video


Karen Lacy has over 18 years of museum experience with a Master’s degree in Museum Science, a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and a Bachelor’s in History with minors in Art History and Anthropology. Throughout her career, she strives to combine her love of anthropology, history, collection care, and teaching. She has worked, volunteered, and interned at a number of history, art, science/technology, and anthropology museums both in California and in Texas.  Recently, Karen co-founded Muse Curatorial Consulting Group, offering a broad range of services for clients, aimed at supporting the preservation, conservation, assessment, and respectful care of historic and cultural materials, artifacts, and archival records. 

For more information, contact Conference Chair Laura González at [email protected]