HRAF News Vol. 2021-11
Visit HRAF at the AAA Annual Meeting
HRAF is looking forward to the AAA Annual Meeting this week in Baltimore, Maryland. HRAF staff members Carol Ember, Matthew Longcore, Ian Skoggard, and Sri Ravula will be in attendance. We will have some fun giveaways at the booth, including HRAF tote bags and bookmarks. Visit us in person at Booth #4 or check out our virtual booth. Learn how you can become a part of the Friends of HRAF to support the ongoing development of our open access resources. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of John Beierle, a longtime staff member for HRAF and Yale University who passed away recently.
HRAF invites you to visit us at Booth #4 at the 2021 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland from November 18-20. The in-person meeting will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, Level 300, in the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. Giveaways at our booth include HRAF tote bags, HRAF bookmarks, and free trials of our databases. Attendees can also visit our virtual booth throughout the event.

HRAF Member Services Manager Matthew Longcore will be available to answer any questions throughout the event. Stop by to learn more about our eHRAF databases as well as our suite of open access products for teaching and research, which we have expanded considerably since our last AAA exhibit in 2019. We will also have updates on the progress of our NSF-funded iKLEWS project that promises exciting future advances for HRAF, including enhanced data mining services for researchers beginning in 2023.

HRAF Research Anthropologist Ian Skoggard and Max Stein, executive board members of the Society for Anthropological Sciences (SAS), have organized a panel on altruism for the AAA Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The panel is titled "Altruism in Ethnography: Re-Imagining a Classic Framework through Anthropology's Current Diversity."

The panel will showcase ethnographic examples of altruistic behavior. Altruism is key to human sociality, but what does it actually look like on the ground in terms of cultural values, attitudes, and practices? How is it distorted by structures of gender, class, and race? How do these ethnographic accounts vary across cultural domains? The panel will be recorded and archived for online viewing.

Skoggard is also involved in a mentoring roundtable of SAS members, offering expertise in research methods. He will instruct ways to code ethnographic data for cross-cultural research.

Human Relations Area Files celebrates the life and achievements of John Beierle, HRAF Analyst and one of Yale University's longest-serving employees. John dedicated 52 years at Yale to the pursuit of cultural knowledge, guided by a passion for – in his own words – "learning something new every day". It is with great sadness that we announce his passing on September 29, 2021.

John was fascinated with his work at HRAF. With each new day, he immersed himself in cultural exploration through the "files", and he eventually became a Senior Analyst. In this role, he routinely read about 15,000 pages of ethnographic text each year in the process of indexing our collections of ethnography and archaeology for the eHRAF databases.

Upon his retirement, John had spent over half a century at HRAF and Yale University. His friends and colleagues will long remember his kindness, camaraderie, and generosity of spirit, alongside a passion for cultural knowledge and its pursuit, which lives on in eHRAF as a fitting tribute to his legacy.

November 30, 2021 is #GivingTuesday: a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

We hope you will consider joining the Friends of HRAF for #GivingTuesday. We welcome a helping hand in promoting anthropology, cross-cultural research, and the understanding of cultural diversity. The Friends of HRAF offers our supporters the opportunity to directly contribute to the development of HRAF and thereby ensure its continuing place at the heart of anthropology and cultural research.

Contributions enable us to advance our mission of understanding cultural diversity through scholarly research and education. Our funding priorities include the HRAF Global Scholars program and our open access resources (Explaining Human Culture, Teaching eHRAF, eHRAF Workbooks, and our online introductory course).

The Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

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