HRAF News Vol. 2022-2
HRAF to host Anthropology Day 2022 celebration
This month, HRAF looks forward to celebrating our third annual Anthropology Day in collaboration with students from the University of Connecticut. Our exciting Anthro Day event will feature our ongoing commitment to developing undergraduate teaching materials. Our focus on teaching was also the topic of our most recent virtual workshop - Teaching with the eHRAF Workbooks - sponsored by the American Anthropological Association. In case you missed it, read more about that successful event in our recap below. HRAF staff members are also busy preparing to attend future events. President Carol Ember will be a speaker at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research in San Diego, California. Matthew Longcore will again be an exhibitor at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Chicago, Illinois, where he will showcase our eHRAF Archaeology database and related teaching resources. Finally, HRAF would like to once again thank all of our donors for their generous support. The list of Friends of HRAF wishing to be recognized is featured on our homepage.
Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate our discipline. On Monday, February 28th, HRAF will host a group of students from the University of Connecticut. Matthew Longcore, HRAF's member services manager, teaches anthropology and archaeology as an adjunct faculty member at UConn and serves as the advisor for the Anthropology Society. Club leaders have been invited to the event, along with Honors students from the Fall 2021 section of ANTH 1000 Peoples and Cultures of the World.

The event will begin with lunch downtown followed by a tour of the New Haven Museum, which features nearly four centuries of local history. After the tour, the group will visit the HRAF offices. President Carol Ember will make a presentation about HRAF's history and cross-cultural research, followed by a presentation titled "Applying Cross-Cultural Research Methods" from our Melvin Ember Interns, Danielle Russell and Anj Droe. The event will conclude with presentations from a team of UConn Honors students, who will share their eHRAF Workbook and Nascent Worlds projects.

On Wednesday, January 19th, HRAF staff members Matthew Longcore and Francine Barone facilitated a virtual workshop on Teaching with the eHRAF Workbooks via the American Anthropological Association. In this workshop, participants learned the following:

  • Background information about HRAF
  • How to navigate the eHRAF databases
  • How to utilize the eHRAF Workbooks for teaching, including remote classes
  • How eHRAF is ideal for comparative studies

The workshop was well attended with nearly 70 registrants, most of whom were anthropology instructors new to eHRAF. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive. After the event, interested attendees initiated a free 60-day institution-wide trial of the eHRAF databases at their colleges or universities. The workshop also provided an opportunity to showcase Course Membership, which is an option for faculty members who wish to teach with the eHRAF databases.

The 87th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) will be held in Chicago, Illinois from March 30 to April 3, 2022. This year's meeting will be the SAA's first in-person annual meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. SAA's annual meeting brings together the archaeological community to celebrate their field, meet and network, share ideas, best practices, and state of the art knowledge.

HRAF is excited for the opportunity to showcase our eHRAF Archaeology database and related teaching materials, as well as our other databases and open access resources for comparative archaeological research. We welcome all booth attendees to ask about free trials for their institutions. HRAF will be in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 500.

As a small non-profit organization, we greatly appreciate the kind support of our donors. When you join the Friends of HRAF, your contribution helps us to advance our mission of understanding cultural diversity through scholarly research and education. Donations support funding priorities such as the HRAF Global Scholars program and the development of open access resources including eHRAF Workbooks, Teaching eHRAF, Explaining Human Culture, and our cross-cultural research course.

HRAF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. Donations can be made anonymously or publicly visible on the list of donors. HRAF would like to thank all of our friends for their generous support.

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