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Keynote Banquet & Address

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A welcome from Mayor Steve Williams of the City of Huntington as well as Dean Robert Bookwalter of the College of LIberal Arts, Marshall University.

A keynote address from Dr. Melinda Wagner, Professor Emeritus of Radford University, on “Celebrating the Local” in and through our work as anthropologists in which we will be asked to consider what makes us relevant at a time when so many of our programs are threatened.

SAS announcements and awards.

Mooney Award

Winner is Brad Montgomery-Anderson for Cherokee Reference Grammar, University of Oklahoma Press.

  • Honorable Mention, Mooney Award, to Asa R. Randall for Constructing Histories: Archaic Freshwater Shell Mounds and Social Landscapes of the St. Johns River, Florida, University Press of Florida.
  • Honorable Mention, Mooney Award, to John van Willigen, Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture, University of Press of Kentucky

The banquet will include entrée, sides, salad, rolls, beverage, and dessert. Vegetarian meals will be available. Cash bar available.


Southern Anthropological Society

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About the Participant(s)

Southern Anthropological SocietyFollow

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Keynote and SAS Awards Ceremonies

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At-A-Glance Bios- Participant #1

Dr. Melinda Bollar Wagner is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Radford University. She has worked for over 30 years with college students in order to preserve oral histories of Appalachia. Focusing on her local, she asked the question, “How can we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?" She answered this question by collaborating with college and high school students to interview elderly residents of the surrounding Floyd County, Virginia area so their oral stories may be cataloged and preserved. For this conference, she will be addressing how we, as students of anthropology and citizens of our homes, can celebrate our locals. Whether we are from the hills of West Virginia or the coastlines of South Carolina, we all have a local – a home – worth investing our hearts.



Start Date

4-9-2016 6:30 PM

End Date

4-9-2016 9:00 PM

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Apr 9th, 6:30 PM Apr 9th, 9:00 PM

Keynote and SAS Awards Ceremonies

Big Sandy Conference Center - Azalea Room