SSP Philadelphia Regional Event December 2018

When:  Dec 5, 2018

Why Everyone Should Have an Anthropology Major or Minor: How Diversity Inspires Better Research

December 5, 2018

5:30-8:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library, Class of 1978 Pavilion

From science and medicine to the humanities and social sciences, researchers and publishers strive to be more inclusive and avoid bias.  This SSP session considers the ways in which researchers think about different populations, cultures, and voices as they build their studies across many disciplines.  We know that learning about other cultures as one does in anthropology allows a person to better appreciate their own subconscious biases, thereby enabling a more worldly and comprehensive perspective in their own work. The upcoming panelists will discuss not only the research they perform today, but also the challenges as well as the biases they’ve overcome to achieve success.  

To quote the American Anthropological Association, “Anthropology is the study of humans, past, and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.”  If you haven’t studied anthropology (and even if you have), this session will help open up discussion about these foundational concepts to all that we do.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Overcoming bias in the research process
  • Different forms of peer review
  • Securing funding for research
  • How anthropology tenets change and improve research perspectives


  • Christen Pruitt, Business Development Manager at Wiley
  • Sarah Wipperman, Penn Librarian and Anthropologist
  • Monique Renee Scott, Bryn Mawr Library – Director of Museum Studies – PhD in Anthropology 
  • Lee Ann Elliott Westman, Associate Teaching Professor, Rutgers-Camden 
  • Mike Jones, Annual Reviews

Thank you to our Sponsors: 

Registration Fees: 
$20 for SSP Members
$35 for SSP Non-members

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Cancellation Policy: 

No refunds will be processed for regional events. SSP encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. In the event SSP needs to cancel a regional event we will apply your registration to the next regional event in your area. 

SSP reserves the right to cancel any program. In the unlikely event of cancellations, SSP is not responsible for any costs, damages, or other expenses of any kind, including and without limitation, transportation and/or hotel costs incurred by registrant. Speakers are subject to change without notice.