2009–2010 IARC Speaker Series

Intersections: Native Collections, Curation, and Museums

From September 2009 through May 2010, the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research hosted its inaugural series of lectures focusing on topics relating to museums and collections. This year’s theme was “Intersections: Native Collections, Curation, and Museums.” Totaling nine lectures, the series featured notable speakers from academia and the museum field who shared their research and expertise. Many of the speakers had never before presented in New Mexico, so it was a privilege to have them visit SAR and enlighten our audiences about the exciting and interesting work taking place in museums throughout North America.

In order to increase the accessibility of SAR’s programs, each lecture was recorded and posted online, along with an associated reading list, speaker biography, and abstract. The hope is that students and educators alike will use this resource as a learning and teaching tool. The IARC Speaker Series is generously supported by the Anne Ray Charitable Trust.

September 2009
Bobbie Conner Speaker Series
Thursday, September 24, 2009, 5:30–6:30 pm Tamástslikt: A Tribal Museum Turning History Over and Turning Lives Around Bobbie Conner, Director, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
October 2009
Steven Loft Speaker Series
Thursday, October 29, 2009, 5:30–6:30 pm Indians in Space: Curating Media Art by Indigenous Artists Steven Loft, Aboriginal Curator-in-Residence, National Gallery of Canada; Former Director, Urban Shaman Gallery
November 2009
Nancy Mithlo Speaker Series
Friday, November 20, 2009, 5:30–6:30 pm Within and Outside: The American Indian Presence at the Venice Biennale, 1999–2009 Nancy Mithlo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
December 2009
Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh Speaker Series
Friday, December 11, 2009, 5:30–6:30 pm “They Are Digging Up Our Ancestors”: Archaeology in an Age of Accountability Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology & NAGPRA Officer, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
February 2010
W. Jackson Rushing, III Speaker Series
Friday, February 5, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm Native American Art History in the 21st Century: In Theory, In Practice W. Jackson Rushing, III, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, University of Oklahoma
Ruth Phillips Speaker Series
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm Bringing Heritage Home: Electronic Access, Digital Repatriation, and the Sharing of Knowledges about Great Lakes Indigenous Traditions Ruth Phillips, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture, Professor of Art History, Carleton University
March 2010
Christina Kreps Speaker Series
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm Indigenous Curation and Museum Ethics in the Post-Colonial Era Christina Kreps, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Director of Museum Studies; Director, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology
April 2010
Ann McMullen Speaker Series
Friday, April 30, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm Opening the Doors: Putting the National Museum of the American Indian Collections Online Ann McMullen, Ph.D., Curator and Head of Collections Research and Documentation, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
May 2010
Stephen Augustine Speaker Series
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm A Visit to Red Indian Lake in the Summer of 2009: Mi’kmaq and Where’s the Beothuk? A Mi’kmaq Curator Tracks Frank G. Speck’s Visit to Red Indian Lake in 1914 Stephen Augustine, Curator of Eastern Maritime Ethnology, Canadian Museum of Civilization; Mi'kmaq hereditary chief
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