Nov 12 Meeting Minutes

Anthropology Graduate Student Association

Meeting 12th November 2008



1. AGSA Department Representative Updates

i. Treasurer

ii. Social Coordinator

iii. Graduate Conference Representative

iv. AGSC Representative

2. Letter to the Department

3. Financial Issues

i. Coffee Kiosk

ii. Society Funds/Spending

4. Other Business

i. Blog

ii. Holiday Celebration Continue reading


Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

just came across this; many of you are probably already familiar?  still, i post for your perusal:

Call for Volunteers for Graduate Student Organizing Committee

Call for Volunteers for Graduate Student Organizing Committee

ACUNS – APECS: Communities of Change – Building an IPY Legacy
9th ACUNS international Student Conference on Northern Studies
October 2 – 5 2009   Yukon College, Whitehorse

On behalf of our host institution, Yukon College, we encourage motivated graduate students to volunteer their time and talents to a virtual organizing committee representing multiple disciplines and Arctic and Antarctic research areas. The work of the committee will include planning and development of the conference program and selection of keynote and plenary speakers. Support for the student committee is provided by a Conference Partners Advisory Committee, host institution staff, and an on-site Conference Coordinator.

About the conference:
The Association of Canadian Universities of Northern Studies has partnered with the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) to hold an international polar conference for students and early career researchers. This conference is also the 9th ACUNS international Student Conference on Northern Studies and will be the first ACUNS Student Conference to be hosted by an ACUNS member institution North of the 60th parallel and the first to have an international focus including both Polar regions.  The conference theme is: Communities of Change – Building an IPY legacy.  College, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty in the natural, health, and social sciences and humanities will be invited to submit presentations considering:

•    Changes to polar flora, fauna and marine communities.
•    Changes in human communities through increased development, climate change and growing populations.
•    Changes in research communities and how research is undertaken in the Polar Regions.
•    Changes in communities as a result of polar law and governance (i.e. land claims and self-government, policy)

If you are interested to be a member of the student organizing team please submit your name and contact information by November 21 to Clint Sawicki at

REMINDER: next AGSA meeting Wed Nov 12th

Hi all,

This is to remind you that we have an AGSA meeting next Wednesday, 12th November, at 11:30am-1pm, in the grad lounge.

This meeting will be especially important to attend, in light of recent discussions concerning our letter to the department.  For those of you who were unable to attend, several of us met with John at the ‘Talking Head’ and discussed the letter generally, several of the specific points, and John provided some advice on how to strategically rework this, if that is our decision.  At this AGSA meeting, we will review that discussion with John, and seek your input on revising our approach to this letter.


1. Department Rep. Updates (including brief update from conference committee?)

2. Letter to Department

– space

– funding

– coffee kiosk money and printer

– meetings with grads, faculty and Head

– course offerings

– department communication

– social events

We expect these two items will take up all of our time, and the letter is of critical importance at the moment, so that’s it for the agenda.

Again, we stress that this meeting will be crucial for you to attend in order to have your say on how we proceed, given John’s answers to several of our concerns, and his (and Pat’s) advice on how to proceed.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

marina & natasha

Skeena Reece shakes up Washington DC!

Skeena at the NMAI Nov. 2008

Skeena at the NMAI Nov. 2008

Local performance artist Skeena Reece shook things up at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian this week. Read the Washington Post article about it here.