News for Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jessica Metcalfe on Work That Matters

May I share my SAR story?

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I am Turtle Mountain Chippewa from North Dakota, and held the Harvey W. Branigar Internship at the School in 2008–2009. Immersion in this type of intellectual environment was truly special. I gained essential hands-on museum experience at SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center, and I was encouraged to pursue my scholarly endeavors, which included writing my dissertation in American Indian Studies while surrounded by top-notch scholars and writers. The SAR community offered a unique combination of never-ending support, uplifting camaraderie, and informal mentorship, and I was inspired on a daily basis to realize my potential. That year allowed me to reach a level that few Native women obtain – to graduate with a doctoral degree. In consideration of this unique standing, I have an important obligation to expand my roles of Native intellectual and advocate to include mentor – especially for those Native students who will become the next generation of thinkers adding to our knowledge on the human experience.

I know you have many worthy causes to support during this giving season. But if you believe, as I do, that the work of SAR is important, I will be grateful if you can donate to SAR’s Annual Giving campaign and support those who will come after me.

My thanks, and best wishes,

Jessica Rheann Metcalfe

If you have not yet given this year, please do so. Like so many non-profit organizations, we rely on the annual gifts of our generous donors to continue our programs. You can easily donate securely online, or send your gift to School for Advanced Research, PO Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87505. If you plan to send your gift by mail, be sure to include the Annual Giving Campaign Form (PDF, 58 KB).

If you have already given, thank you so much for your support. From breakthrough research on human evolution and archaeological lessons from ancient societies, to ethnographic insights on critical issues like youth militias, cancer, and morality in financial markets, you’ve seen that our scholarly mission remains strong. So, too, our efforts to elevate Native American artistry and the collections of the Indian Arts Research Center, through which we increasingly engage tribal communities in cooperative processes of heritage documentation and educational outreach. We couldn’t do it without you.

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