Members of the NEAA gather each year at an annual meeting, which is traditionally held in the spring. Each meeting is hosted by volunteers at a regional institution. A student paper prize competition, a student travel grant program, affordable registration fees, and a collegial atmosphere make the NEAA Annual Meeting an excellent conference venue for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and other professionals, avocationals, and retirees.
"One exciting aspect of our association is that there are ample opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to present research alongside faculty and other practicing anthropologists in formal and informal forums. In addition to paper presentations, workshops, and poster sessions, the annual association meetings typically offer social festivities that have a relaxed, casual atmosphere about them, inviting long conversations among interesting combinations of minds encouraging intellectual development and lively discussion in a variety of research areas. Several faculty members have organized student-faculty research groups that present regularly. Students are strongly encouraged to present their research. These meetings provide opportunities to exchange ideas, receive feedback, and to learn how to present research ideas.
"It is not uncommon for faculty and practicing anthropologists to approach students during our annual meetings after a presentation with constructive feedback and invitations to continue conversations in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Students are able to interact with anthropologists other than those at their host institutions, who can provide critical feedback on presentations and research projects."
Angela Labrador (UMass), Graduate Student Representative
Heather Slivko-Bathurst (SUNY New Paltz), Undergraduate Student Representative
Dr. Matthew Trevett-Smith (St. Lawrence University), Membership Coordinator
"The first NEAA conference I participated in set the tone for me. I stepped in at the eleventh hour to help archaeologist Al Dekin (now emeritus of the Public Archaeology Lab at SUNY Binghamton) to co-chair the 1975 meetings here at SUNY Potsdam. The entire conference was on campus— the paper sessions, rooms, meals, and evening entertainment were all a short walking distance apart. At one point we 150 participants filled a student residence hall lounge, munched free popcorn washed down with free beer, and watched ethnographic films. I was impressed how the informality seemed actually to increase the level of scholarly exchange. I made collegial contacts I retain thirty years later.
"Now in its 48th year, the NEAA remains the premier anthropology association in our region."
John T. Omohundro
Distinguished Teaching Professor & Director of Learning Communities
Department of Anthropology