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K-State Today

April 10, 2017



Petillo named co-chair of international applied anthropology group examining gender-based violence

By Russell Norris

Society for Applied Anthropology

April Petillo, American ethnic studies department, was named co-chair of the Gender-Based Violence Topical Interest group at the Society for Applied Anthropology's 77th meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 28–April 1.

The group is one of nine special topic groups in the American Anthropological Association's applied anthropology section.

Petillo will work with Karin Friederic, Wake Forest University, to manage editing/writing the group's column in the society's newsletter, organize themed sessions at both American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology meetings, co-manage the online presence of the group, distribute student travel stipends and support group conversations as well as projects advancing the research interest of group members. The Gender-Based Violence Topical Interest group is an international network of scholars, practitioners, and others interested in work around gender-based violence. Petillo's service aligns K-State with those addressing community-defined needs to create less gendered harm globally.

Society members integrate anthropological perspectives and methods to solve contemporary human problems throughout the world and advocate for research-based, fair and just public policy. This unique association represents the interests of professionals in a wide range of work from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, economics, business, planning, medicine, nursing, law, and other related social/behavioral sciences as well as anthropology. Members are unified in their commitment to making an impact on the current quality of life globally. Founded in 1941, the society now sponsors two major journals and is a preeminent international organization in the field.