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Chicago in 1999!

You've submitted your paper abstract and are beginning to think about how to juggle catching up with colleagues, hearing papers, expanding your library at the book displays, and taking in the rich cultural life of Chicago. To help plan your travel and time there, the Preliminary Program will be available on the SAA web site ( in late fall and will be mailed out early in 1999. See the web site also for information on hotel reservations.

Plans for the Chicago meeting are underway, including an opening session on Wednesday evening and a plenary session to be held on Friday evening following the business meeting. Details on these offerings will follow in future issues of the Bulletin.

Other continuing features of the Annual Meeting include the roundtable sessions scheduled for Thursday at noon. We will again be contacting individuals to lead the luncheon discussions. Last year, Program Chair Jonathan Driver contacted departments and companies asking them to sponsor the roundtable luncheons (and the informal discussions they afford) with a donation of $100. Twenty institutions generously responded and the cost of the luncheons accordingly decreased by 50 percent. Luncheon attendance, especially by students, increased by 25 percent. This year, we will be continuing this practice; letters asking for the support of your department or company will arrive shortly on your desk. Please encourage the person responsible for the finances of your department or company to contribute.

LuAnn Wandsnider, chair of the 1999 Annual Meeting Program Committee, is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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