Public invited to free 'Local Day' at applied anthropology conference
Author: Cristina Rojas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Posted: March 18, 2019

The public is invited to hear from researchers about the region's remarkably diverse heritage, its complex and challenging present, and its future on Tuesday as part of the Society for Applied Anthropology's "Local Day."

The SfAA, a worldwide organization for the applied social sciences, is holding its 79th annual meeting at the Hilton Portland Downtown from March 19-23. This year's theme is "Engaging Change in Turbulent Times," and faculty and students from Portland State will be well-represented.

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The presentations and events scheduled for "Local Day" focus on Portland, Oregon and greater Cascadia.

This day is open to the public free of charge. Local residents may pick up their complimentary Local Day program at the SfAA registration in the Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel.

Sessions include:

Tribal Resources Management in Practice: A panel exploring approaches that tribal resource managers and communities are implementing to steward indigenous lifeways and restore ecological and cultural resources.

10-11:50 a.m. and 1:30-3:20 p.m.; Broadway IV room

Cascadia: Challenges and Cooperation within a Magnificent Coastal Corridor: A roundtable providing insights into indigenous leadership around salmon and shared waters, housing and climate change challenges in mountain areas, and the need for education and bridging borders of many kinds. 

10-11:50 a.m.; Pavilion East room

A Tale of Smart Cities: A roundtable on smart-city technologies that will discuss how to understand the future of urban living at the confluence of rapid technological, social and demographic trends.

10-11:50 a.m. and 1:30-3:20 p.m.; Pavilion West room

Creating Disaster Resilience in Portland: Organizing for the Cascadia Quake: Come and converse with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management's Neighborhood Emergency Team leaders on the challenges community organizers face in fostering disaster preparedness in Portland.

10-11:50 a.m. and 1:30-3:20 p.m.; Galleria I room

Addressing the Needs of Youth and College Students

12-1:20 p.m.; Broadway II room

Portlandia: Myth or 'Keep Portland Weird' Reality?: A panel of Portlandians will share just how weird the Rose City is (or not) and explore the personality of this singular U.S. city as they identify what unites Portlandians (or not).

12-1:20 p.m.; Broadway III room

The Folly of Frack: A play about the extraction, mythologies and realities of fracked gas and proposed gas projects that threaten the Pacific Northwest.

12-1:20 p.m.; Pavilion East room

Collaborations between Oregon Tribes and the State Folklife Program: For several years, the Oregon Folklife Network has partnered with various members and programs at Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on projects, with a goal of responding to tribal needs and requests.

1:30-3:20 p.m.; Broadway II room

Negotiating the Boundaries of Anthropological Expertise in Portland's Tech Sector: Panelists, many of whom started their careers at Intel, will reflect on their experiences working in Portland's tech sector and provide commentaries on how the sector has shifted and expanded.

1:30-3:20 p.m.; Broadway III room

Community Forum on Homelessness in Portland and Beyond: Panelists will discuss the demographics and basic needs of unhoused people, the role of city and regional government agencies, and the intersection of homelessness with other critical problems such as infectious diseases, violence, trauma, addiction, mental health and the environment.

1:30-3:20 p.m.; Pavilion East room

Engaging the Whole Neighborhood: Enhancing Disaster Preparation in Portland, Oregon: Join volunteer leaders to brainstorm approaches to enhancing neighborhood solidarity in a variety of challenging settings.

1:30-3:20 p.m.; Galleria I

Integrated Care and Social Determinants of Health: Case Studies from the Pacific Northwest: Panelists from three local health-care systems and research networks will explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating approaches to address social determinants of health in everyday health-care.

3:30-5:20 p.m.; Broadway I room

Graphic Medicine: Using Comics to Connect: Graphic medicine — the intersection of comics and medicine — is an innovative approach towards improving health communication, increasing connection and generating empathy. This roundtable will showcase collaborative graphic medicine produced in Portland and consider additional applications for the medium.

3:30-5:20 p.m.; Broadway II room

Anti-Immigrant Politics as Political Catalyst: Oregon Immigrants and Refugees Organize for Change: As Oregon immigrant and refugee groups are organizing anew to protect their security, rights and prospects, this panel sheds light on a range of such efforts and examines how various foundations, NGOs and governments respond to them.

3:30-5:20 p.m.; Broadway III room

Food System Research and Advocacy: Lessons from the Northwest

3:30-5:20 p.m.; Broadway IV room

Screening of Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, OR: An investigative and personal look at housing discrimination and the pain of losing a community to gentrification

3:30-5:20 p.m.; Pavilion East room

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