Past Webinars

AABA hosts a monthly webinar series to bring out community together in a time of social-distancing. On this web page, you’ll find a list of our past scientifically-oriented webinars. We also hosted three professional development webinars addressing how the covid-19 pandemic affects our professional lives.

For future webinars, please visit our main webinar page!

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Towards A Publicly Engaged Biological Anthropology

The field of biological anthropology encompasses a range of fascinating but often socially contested concepts and issues such as human origins and evolution, genetics, race and racism, sex, gender and sexuality, and other dimensions of human difference. Some elements of the discipline, including common practices of fieldwork and local collaboration (or lack thereof), continue to reinforce harmful patterns of behavior grounded in colonialism, racism, and Eurocentrism. The US and the world at large face a social climate of growing polarization and distrust of science and scientists, and (in some cases) active political censorship and sanction. Given these challenges, how can biological anthropologists engage with their students and diverse communities about the work of our discipline in ways that are inclusive, equitable, just, and impactful?

This webinar will highlight examples of impactful education and public engagement activities by AABA members as well as voices from beyond our discipline. The session will include an open discussion as well as a breakout session for attendees to share and learn with other members. We will also invite attendees to share resources and reflections on a shared “Miro” board. This webinar is co-organized with the AABA Education Committee.

Date/time: January 30, 2024, 1:00 pm EST

Webinar panelists:

Webinar recording

Post-webinar resources:

Resources on community-centered research

Article on teaching undergraduate biology to undermine racial essentialism (Guevara et al., 2023)

Teaching resources related to the article linked above


The 4-Part #Hackademics Series (Hacks for Succeeding in Academia)

Does the academic career path seem like a mystery? An unsolvable puzzle? Maybe you could use some insider insight as to how to make it all work? AABA has the webinar series for you: #Hackademics

Building off of the series recently published in the American Journal of Human Biology by our sister organization the Human Biology Association, we bring you a series of discussions by those same authors. For details about these four conversations, be sure to check out the #Hackademics webpage.

#Hackademics 1: Balancing Family, Drama, Fieldwork, AND Teaching?
#Hackademics 2: On Mentoring and Un-Teaching in Anthropology
#Hackademics 3: The Cultureshocks of Coming Home and Communicating across Disciplines
#Hackademics 4: Sharing with the Public & Getting the Academy to Count It


Planning for the 2022 Annual Meeting

December 13, 2021

Join in for updates and a Q&A on the plans for the 2022 annual meeting scheduled for March 2022.

2021 Dialogues in Decoloniz(s)ation Series

This webinar series explores two questions:

What does decolonization entail?

What strategies might be employed to achieve a decolonized biological anthropology?

Our goal is to provide a space where participants can explore the impact that colonial practices have had on biological anthropology, including on our curricula, our practices, and our narratives. To facilitate grounding general topics (e.g. decolonizing curricula, fieldwork, authorship) within regional issues and concerns (e.g. decolonizing African palaeosciences), and with an eye towards incorporating diverse views and perspectives, these webinars will feature experts from around the world actively engaging in these issues in their home countries.


July 13, 2021

Co-organizers: Lauren Schroeder and Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Co-sponsored by AABA COD-International and COD-TASK

Co-organizers: Dr. Lauren Schroeder and Dr. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Part II: Southern, Southeastern and Australasia

October 6, 2021
Co-organizers: Sheela Athreya, Martin Porr, Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, and Lauren Schroeder


Dr. Sheela AthreyaTexas A&M University-Qatar

Dr. Martin PorrThe University of Western Australia

The Insider’s Guide to AABA’s 2021 Virtual Conference

March 8, 2021
Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President

Description: Join us for a demo of the virtual platform AABA will be using for our annual conference scheduled for April 7-28, 2021. See all the cool features, get a sense of how the events will work, and learn how to upload your presentation. You can also learn more about the meeting on our 90th annual conference webpage.


Black in BioAnthropology: Journeys, Belonging and Legacy

February 4, 2021
Organizer: Dag Abebe (City University of New York)

Description: This panel discussion explored Black scholars’ experiences in biological anthropology as part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


Black in BioAnthropology: Kick-off Keynote by Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

February 1, 2021
Organizer: Megan Henriquez (City University of New York)

Description: This keynote address by primatologist and conservation biologist Dr. Stephanie Poindexter (University of Buffalo) was part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


The Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Computational Genomics in Anthropology

November 23rd, 2020

Many thanks to our sponsor for this webinar, The Royal Society. Follow them on twitter @theroyalsociety

Organizer: Xinjun Zhang (postdoc, anthropological geneticist at UCLA)

Description: Over the last decade, computational genomics has brought a whirlwind of new insights to human evolution. We have so far witnessed a rapid emergence of genomics data and quantitative methods. This month, AABA brings you a panel of four experts to talk about their fascinating research in human demographic history, with a particular focus on the start-of-the-art analytical methods used in anthropological genomics nowadays, including their assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses.


Voices from Down Under: Biological Anthropology in Australia and New Zealand

October 13, 2020
Organizer: Tanya Smith, Griffith University 


Co-sponsored by The Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB)

Community Discussion on AABA’s 2021 Annual Meeting

September 15, 2020
Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President


The evolution and history of human diseases: from the archaic hominins to the Black Death and Sars-Cov-2

August 24, 2020
Organizer: Eduardo Amorim (University of Lausanne)


Questions, comments, or webinar ideas? Please email AABA Vice President Leslea Hlusko.