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COSWA Corner

Katherine A. Spielmann


Women as Professionals Roundtable Luncheon -- Over 100 participants and 20 table co-hosts came together to discuss career issues over lunch at the SAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Topics included issues in academic careers, the job market, museums, publication, and public policy. The event was coorganized by COSWA members Miriam Stark and Elizabeth Chilton and chaired by Peggy Nelson. SAA provided room space and handled reservations as part of the annual meeting. The coorganizers received a great deal of positive feedback on the roundtables from both hosts and participants. Chilton will organize another series of roundtables at the 1996 SAA meetings.

Women's Network Reception -- During the SAA meetings in Minneapolis, women gathered at an informal reception to share news and information about women in archaeology. Mary Van Buren organized the event, with SAA providing meeting space. SAA, SHA, and AIA members provided information on COSWA and COSWA-like committees within these archaeological organizations. This year's reception was less well attended than last year's, and plans are afoot to change the time of the reception in 1996. The format will also be altered to encourage the networking that was the original purpose of this event.

Regional Women's Reception -- Elizabeth Chilton organized a luncheon reception for women on April 3 during the Northeastern Anthropological Association Meetings at Lake Placid. Eighteen people attended. Chilton began the lunch by outlining networking opportunities for women. Discussion then turned to opportunities for future events at the NEAA meetings, such as panel discussions, guest speakers, receptions, and the development of a women's caucus. An address list was sent out after the meeting so that the participants could keep in touch and to facilitate the organization of future events.

Society for Women Archaeologists -- The society has been organized as a response to a concern that women archaeologists need a context in the profession to discuss issues that are not now being addressed. The society produces a newsletter. Dues are $15.00 for the gainfully employed and $5.00 for students and the under-employed. You can join by writing to Society for Women Archaeologists, P.O. Box 4624, Rockville, MD 20849-4624.

COSWA Call for Board Members -- COSWA board members are appointed for two-year terms beginning in November. COSWA meets annually at the SAA meetings, with a less formal meeting in the fall at the AAA meetings. During the year, board members are active on subcommittees that focus on the collection and dissemination of information on the status of women in various aspects of the archaeological profession.

There are 10 board members including one student member; three board members are rotating off the committee this fall. If you are interested in becoming a COSWA board member please write to Katherine Spielmann, Department of Anthropology, Box 872402, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 83287-2402, or email atkxs@asuvm.inre.asu.edu. In your letter or message please discuss the interests that you have in COSWA. We recognize that far more than 10 women are interested in COSWA-related activities and would like to involve as many women as we can in the activities of the subcommittees within COSWA.

Katherine A. Spielmann is at Arizona State University and chairs the SAA Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology.

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