Hackenberg Memorial Lecture

hackenberg.jpegRobert A. Hackenberg, professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was internationally known for research and practice in the American Southwest, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, as well as his contributions to theory, method, and graduate training. He and his wife Beverly were the driving force behind the creation of the Del Jones Student Travel Award. In 1999 they received the Bronislaw Malinowski Award, SfAA’s highest honor. In his remembrance, SfAA established the Hackenberg Memorial Lecture on Advancing Applied Social Science.

Prominent medical educator Gabriel Garcia (Stanford) gave the first Hackenberg Memorial Lecture at the SfAA Annual Meeting in Santa Fe in 2009.  Medical anthropologist James Trostle (Trinity College, Hartford) gave the second Robert Hackenberg Memorial Lecture at the Baltimore annual meeting in 2012. In 2014 JoAllyn Archambault, program director of the Smithsonian’s American Indian Program, delivered the third Hackenberg lecture in Albuquerque.

Inspired by a session at the 2015 Pittsburgh annual meeting that described a community-based, applied research project involving students St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ, the Hackenberg Committee has expanded the scope and purpose of the memorial session. With the approval of the SfAA Board of Directors, in 2016 at the 76th Annual Meeting in 

Vancouver, the committee sponsored a session called “Unexpected Consequences: How a Good Idea Changed Worlds.” Over the past 18 years, the University of Victoria Ethnohistory Field School has used community-engaged research and learning to transform the worlds of students, faculty, and members of the Sto:lo indigenous community.

The first Hackenberg Memorial Lecture was delivered in Santa Fe in 2009.  As SfAA returns to that city in 2017, the Hackenberg Committee wishes to recognize an applied collaborative project that brings together university staff and students with local community members.  Committee member Peter Kunstadter is working with the Office for Diversity, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, to develop a session for the Santa Fe meeting. The session will involve several "stakeholders" in projects to reduce urban-rural, ethnic majority-minority, rich-poor disparities in health condition, access to and use of health services, composition of health personnel, quality of education in communities, and access to college or university education.  Presenters will include students, university personnel, and community leaders. The session may be linked to a fieldtrip.

The differing formats of the Hackenberg Memorial Session reflect not only Robert Hackenberg’s research, but also his commitment to community-based research and creative teaching methods. The session in Vancouver and the one we are exploring for the 2017 Santa Fe meeting feature applied research and action by students on topics of immediate value to communities where the annual meeting is held.

Don Stull, Chair, Hackenberg Memorial Lecture Committee