Friday, January 28, 2011

AAPA 2011 Updates

From a recent email to the AAPA membership:

Dear AAPA Member,

This is a reminder that our 2011 annual meeting will be held at The Hilton Minneapolis, April 13-16. If you haven’t already registered and reserved a hotel room, you still have time to do so from links on our website. The final program will be posted on the website in the next few days, so watch for it.

This email also serves as the first announcement of two events that will take place at the annual meeting, and that need your participation: the Annual AAPA Auction and the Plenary Session.

AAPA Auction

The AAPA Auction will be held on Thursday evening from approximately 6:30pm - 10:00pm. The silent auction will begin while the Plenary Session is running nearby (assuming everything gets setup after the afternoon sessions). It will continue until ~8:30pm so those attending the Plenary have a chance to bid. The live auction will begin as soon as all the bids for the silent auction are processed, so ~9:00pm.

Please note that we always need auction items, including things like books or reprints for the silent auction. If you wish to hand-carry items to Minneapolis, or if you wish to send them to Mark Teaford, or to the Martha Tappen (one of the local arrangements chairs), please fill out a "donation form" and submit it with the item(s) to help us keep things organized. The form is downloadable from the "Local Arrangements Website" within the "Annual Meetings" portion of the AAPA website. If you wish to help with the setup or running of the auction, please contact Mark Teaford ( as we always need help in setting up the silent auction, and in processing payments from it as well.

AAPA Plenary Session

Calling all Biological Anthropology Musicians and Other Performers!!!

Are you a musician? Do you have other "talents"?

Our meeting site in Minneapolis prompted us to make enquiries about whether Garrison Keilor could attend our meetings. Because he had other commitments, we decided to follow his example by holding a Plenary Session on Thursday evening before the Auction. This "'Plenary' Home Companion" will feature our own members showing their [other] talents in music, performance and who knows what else.

If you would like to participate in this event, or if you know of another AAPA member you would like to SEE participate, please email Karen Rosenberg (

I look forward to welcoming all of you to the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.


Dennis H. O’Rourke, President
American Association of Physical Anthropologists

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