MacGillivray presents at SfAA Conference

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Members of the Society for Applied Anthropology are interested in using their research to help communities and organizations: An approach familiar to RRU faculty and students.

Associate faculty member Alice MacGillivray attended the Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Pittsburgh PA, on March 24-28. This year marks the 75th anniversity of the society and it was attended by scholar-practitioners from several countries. Alice was part of a panel about the nature and importance of boundaries and related concepts such as edges, ecotones and borders. Her presentation: "Boundaries: The Most Undervalued Concept fo Leadership and Community Work," explored the idea that boundary choices are ethical choices, which affect the nature of outcomes.

Because of the Pittsburgh setting, many 2015 presentations related to resource extraction. Social justice topics are common as well.

Alice was also invited to the planning session for next year's SfAA conference, which will be held in Vancouver B.C. - RRU community members may be interested in participating. The society welcomes involvement from people with varied backgrounds beyond anthropology and sociology. The overarching theme will be "Intersections."