Designing the Future

2017-2018 Membership Lectures [Open to the General Public]

All lectures take place at the James A. Little Theater on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe.*

The lectures begin at 6:30 PM.

FREE for SAR Members, $10 for non-members. If you are not already a member, join here.

*Please note the Elizabeth Kolbert lecture will be held at the Lensic Performing Arts Center and will have special pricing, not part of SAR member benefits.

September 2017
Melissa Cefkin Lecture
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members Walk, Don't Walk: Everyday Interactions with Self-Driving Cars Melissa Cefkin Join anthropologist Melissa Cefkin to learn how what we are learning about the nature of roadway interactions and street life is helping shape the development of autonomous vehicles.
October 2017
Robert L. Kelly Lecture
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about the Future Robert L. Kelly Robert Kelly identifies four pivot points in the history of human development, then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning during which he foresees the end of war, capitalism, and nation-states.
January 2018
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman Lecture
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members How Anonymous Dodged the Cyberterrorism Frame: Masking, Timing, and the Guy Fawkes Icon Gabriella (Biella) Coleman Biella Coleman will explore five reasons—stretching from the accidental adoption of the Guy Fawkes mask to the timing and nature of its many global interventions—to explain why Anonymous was able to narrowly evade this designation.
March 2018
Natasha Dow Schüll Lecture
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members Data for Life: Wearable Technology and the Design of Self-Care Natasha Dow Schüll Natasha Dow Schüll will explore the vision of technologically assisted self-regulation that drives the design of wearable tracking devices. She will discuss how such products exemplify and short-circuit cultural ideals for individual responsibility and self-regulation.
June 2018
Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture
Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Special Pricing; to be announced. The Fate of the Earth Elizabeth Kolbert Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Holt, 2014), in which she presents evidence for her belief that humans may be bringing about a sixth mass extinction. She asks: Can we arrest this process? What does the future look like on a biologically impoverished planet?

To view past lectures, click here.



Past Membership Lecture Series
Lera Boroditsky2016-2017 Membership LecturesCrossing Global Frontiers
Agustin Fuentes2015-2016 Membership LecturesHumanity's Evolutionary Path - Fact & Fantasy
Grandmother carrying child in Borana, Ethiopia2014–2015 Membership LecturesThe Journey to Becoming Human
Picuris Mural2013–2014 Membership LecturesThe Anthropology of Faith and Belief
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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