The Anthropology of Faith and Belief

2013–2014 Membership Lectures

Lectures take place at the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m. (use the Washington Avenue entrance, behind the Palace of the Governors). Seating is limited and there are no advance tickets or reservations. Get there early.


Past 2013–2014 Membership Lectures
Picuris Mural Lecture
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers God is Red, Still! Severin Fowles Anthropologist Severin Fowles draws upon the rich history of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest in an illustrated talk on author Vine Deloria’s classic analysis of Native American place-based theologies.
Ruins of Cahuachi, the ceremonial center in Nasca Lecture
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers A Tale of Two Pilgrimage Centers: Chaco and Nasca John Kantner Archaeologist John Kantner compares the evolution of Chaco and Nasca as a way to understand how and why influential ceremonial centers emerged in the ancient human past.
Copper carving depicting a Sámi shaman with his magic drum. Lecture
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Wayward Shamans: The Prehistory of an Idea Silvia Tomášková Anthropologist Silvia Tomášková examines the popular idea that humanity’s earliest expressions of art, religion, and creativity formed around the figure of a proto-priest known as a shaman.
Navajo-language Book of Mormon Lecture
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Mormonism: Demystified, Globalized, Decolonized? Joanna Brooks Professor Joanna Brooks follows a new generation of Mormon indigenous writers and scholars who question what Mormonism has meant to their communities.
Restored ancient chortens in the modern village of Manang Lecture
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers An Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism Mark Aldenderfer For the archaeologist, the material expression of Buddhism on the Tibetan Plateau offers insights into the transformation and evolution of Buddhist thought.

Past Membership Lecture Series
Wodaabe Woman, c. 19972012–2013 Membership LecturesCelebrating the Breadth of SAR Alumni
2011–2012 Membership Lectures—rev·o·lu·tions2011–2012 Membership Lecturesrev·o·lu·tions
2009–2010 Membership Lectures—The Visual & the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible2010–2011 Membership LecturesThe Visual & the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible
Capuchin Monkey2009–2010 Membership LecturesPirates, Primates, and Prosperity: New Insights on Wealth

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