WAPA February 2011 Meeting

The Faith and Organizations Project:  Findings and Process

When: Tuesday, February 1st, 7:00 pm
Where: Charles Sumner School
2101 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Presenters: Jo Anne Schneider, Isaac Morrison, Laura Polk

The Faith and Organizations Project is a trans-disciplinary, multi-methods ethnographic project looking at the relationship between faith based organizations and their founding communities (see faithandorganizations.umd.edu). The project just completed a Lilly Endowment-funded project comparing 81 faith communities and organizations from Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Jewish, Evangelical, Quaker and African American Christian traditions. The project model involves agency hosts and practitioners as active participants in all aspects of the project, creating products for a variety of audiences. This presentation will briefly outline key findings, talk about project process, and discuss experience working on anthropologist-led, trans-disciplinary projects in the career paths of project researchers.

Jo Anne Schneider is Principal Investigator for the project. She is an urban anthropologist focusing on the dynamic among non-profits, government and communities in social welfare policy and opportunity structures for marginalized populations. A former AAAS fellow, she has published widely in several disciplines, including her latest book, Social Capital and Welfare Reform.

Isaac Morrison holds a MA in Anthropology from the George Washington University and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently working as a researcher at Innovation Network, a Washington DC-based nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm.

Laura Polk received a Masters in Applied Anthropology from University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently a research associate with Walter R. McDonald and Associates, a firm that conducts evaluation of Children’s Mental Health Services.

Locations and Directions:
Meeting: Charles Sumner School, corner of 17th St and M St NW, Washington, DC
Dinner: 5:30 pm at the Beacon Bar & Grill (one block north of Sumner School)

More information: February 2011 Meeting

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