February 4, 2015—UO anthropologist Lynn Stephen has received two significant professional national and international awards. In March of 2015 she will give the Michael Kearney Memorial Lecture at the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Pittsburgh. The award is for an outstanding scholar whose presentation will explore the intersection of three themes (migration, human rights, transnationalism) and with a specific focus on a contemporary issue/problem. Her lecture for the award is titled, “Creating Pre-Emptive Suspects: National Security, Border Defense, and Immigration Policy.” The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems. It has a membership of over 2000.
In May of 2015, Stephen will deliver the LASA/Oxfam America Martin Diskin Memorial Lecture at the annual meetings of the Latin American Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Martin Diskin Memorial Lectureship is offered at each LASA International Congress to an outstanding individual who combines commitments to activism and rigorous scholarship. The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 9,500 members, 45 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe.
Dr. Stephen is the director of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology. She is a former associate director of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society and a CSWS faculty affiliate.