Eric Canin, SWAA President

Eric Canin

California State University, Fullerton
Department of Anthropology

SWAA President 2013–2014

Message from the SWAA President

Here in the SWAA website, you will find the preliminary program for the 85th annual SWAA conference that will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, April 25-26, 2014. The Hyatt Regency is located in Garden Grove, California, in the vicinity of Disneyland and other theme parks, as well as vibrant immigrant communities that have taken root in southern California.

SWAA Vice President and very capable Program Chair for this conference, Hilarie Kelly, has put together an exciting two days of paper sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and a plenary, all designed to spark lively discussions with friends and colleagues. The conference theme of Imagineering the Present: Technology and Creativity will be replicated and recast throughout these sessions.

Book your room by the April 10 deadline to be sure of getting the SWAA conference rate of $115/night (single or double) with free wireless. The hotel was gracious to extend the deadline from April 3rd to the 10th. Make sure to register for the conference at the SWAA website by the advance registration deadline of April 18, as this deadline will not be extended.

SWAA is very pleased and excited to have as our distinguished speaker at the Saturday night banquet Professor Leo Chavez from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Chavez is a cultural anthropologist whose work on immigration has shed important light on the plight of undocumented immigrants, and continues to be relevant today as the U.S. Congress considers immigration reform.

In honor of our distinguished speaker, we have also organized a plenary session of speakers who will approach the issue of immigration from the perspectives of education and incarceration.

The conference hotel features restaurants, bars, a snack shop, coffee house, an arcade and other amenities. It is walking distance to restaurants and bars in the area, and close to Downtown Disney, a pedestrian zone with shops and restaurants. Look for our flyer at the conference that will include a list of suggested places to go.