How Do We Go from Discussing Ethics to Taking Action? Collaborative Workshop on Ethical Practice. Day/Time: Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 8AM - 12PM. Description: Through active participation this workshop presents current ethical issues facing physical anthropology and provides a means for addressing them in real life. Organizers: Alyson Caine, University of California, Merced, ([email protected]); Nicole Burt, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, ([email protected]), Cara Hirst, University College of London, ([email protected]). Pre-registration required.

Description: ­­­In wake of the #MeToo movement, ethical scenarios are becoming discussion points in professional and personal circles. However, the intersectionality of ethical considerations and implications of subsequent action can be lost when multiple views and experiences are not considered.

This workshop will facilitate discussion on ethics within the field of anthropology, using an Ethics Bowl format to stimulate difficult conversations in a fun environment. The aim of this workshop is to promote open discussion of difficult topics, providing a space for exploration and understanding of issues facing faculty, students, and professionals. Participants should leave the workshop with a better understanding of ethical issues facing individuals in the field, means for addressing these ethical issues, and a community with whom participants feel comfortable talking to.

The workshop will start with an overview of the ethics committee and a discussion of general ethical issues often faced by Anthropologists. This general discussion will be followed by participants breaking into small groups to work through a case study provided by moderators. Groups will summarize their take on the ethical dilemma and provide the action steps they think the key players should employ to address the problem. Groups will present their responses for open discussion with all participants and audience members. Judges from the AAPA Ethics Committee will evaluate the responses, challenging groups to incorporate new variables into their approach, and finally deciding the best response(s). The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session with questions provided by all attendees. This ethics bowl aims to open discussion between different groups of people while working through a variety of common ethical issues facing the field currently.

Participants are required to register and capped at 40; however, anyone can attend as an audience member for the question and answer session and final response presentations.

Audience: All AAPA meeting attendees.

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