News for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dr. Michael Brown Named New SAR President

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Santa Fe, NM ─ It is with great pleasure that Dr. Glen W. Davidson, chair of the Board of Directors of the School for Advanced Research (SAR), announces the selection of Dr. Michael Brown as the new SAR president.

Dr. Brown was introduced to Santa Fe more than forty years ago by one of his college teachers, Tewa anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz. Returning to Santa Fe to live, rather than just to visit, is a dream come true for Brown and his family. His ties with SAR reach back to 1988-1989 when he was a resident scholar at the School. Over the years, he has also been an advanced seminar participant. He says, "SAR is one of New Mexico's oldest and most distinguished cultural institutions, known internationally for its role in promoting innovative social research, especially in anthropology and Native American studies. I'm delighted by the prospect of leading SAR in the coming years and becoming part of Santa Fe's rich intellectual and artistic life."

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., Brown was raised in upstate New York, Texas, and Missouri. He received his AB degree from Princeton University in 1972 and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1981. He is currently the Lambert Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he has served on the faculty since 1980. At Williams, he has held several administrative posts, including department chair, director of the Center for Technology in the Arts and Humanities, and director of the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Brown’s research has focused on issues as diverse as magic and ritual, indigenous intellectual property rights, the New Age movement, and the native peoples of Amazonia. He has been awarded research fellowships by the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Advanced Study. Brown is the author of six published books, including Who Owns Native Culture? (Harvard University Press, 2003) and the forthcoming Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People (Harvard University Press, 2014). He has also published general-interest articles and reviews in Natural History, Smithsonian, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times Book Review.

He is married to Sylvia Kennick Brown, a professional archivist. They have one child, Emily C. L. Brown, age 14.