Campus Scholars

Rebecca A. Allahyari

Rebecca A. Allahyari

In the fall, Allahyari interviewed formerly homeschooled students enrolled at a large Midwestern university. She offered feedback to administrators about the experiences of these mostly Christian students at a large secular university in the Heartland, and she plans to incorporate this material in her book manuscript, “Utopian Devotions: Anxiety and Enchantment in Homeschooling.” She said, “Audiences at my presentations always wonder how homeschoolers fare in the secular world as young adults.” Allahyari also gave a talk titled “‘Proclaim Liberty’: Evangelical Homeschoolers and Their Expansionist Mission for Parental Sovereignty beyond the US” at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meeting in Baltimore. In April, at the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction in Las Vegas, Nevada, she compared her experiences in three field sites in a presentation titled “Home, Care, and Morality from Three Ethnographic Perspectives: On Fieldwork in Shelters, with Homeschooling Families, and for Legally Protected Persons.” This year Allahyari served on the board of a small local nonprofit dedicated to supporting guardians in their work to help adults in need of legal protection and care. She continued preliminary fieldwork for her next ethnographic project, “Witnessing Dementia: Generosity, Surrogacy, and a Potent Emotional Brew in Guardianship of the Elderly.”

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James F. Brooks

James F. Brooks

SAR president James F. Brooks met with the editors of The American Historical Review this past year under an invitation to participate in a special forum issue of that flagship journal on the theme of “Prehistories and Historical Narrative,” an effort to bring a global approach to the challenges of writing histories that span the “prehistoric” and “historic” eras in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This forum provided him a long-sought opportunity to write an essay that explores cycles of religious evangelism and peoples’ responses in the Southwest from AD 750 to 1750. Ranging backward in time from the Po’pay’s religious revival of the 1680s through Franciscan Catholicism to the arrival of the Katsina religion in the thirteenth century and finally to the Chaco Phenomenon in the eleventh century, “Women, Men, and Cycles of Evangelism” argues that much of the millennium was shaped by struggles for religious authority along lines of gender and age-grades. Currently in review, the special issue is slated for publication in 2013.

In addition to this unexpected project, Brooks published a commentary in Current Anthropology on Catherine M. Cameron’s article “Captives and Culture Change: Implications for Archaeology.” He offered lectures and workshops at the University of Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, Texas Tech University, Columbia University, and the New Mexico State History Museum. He served as a discussant in a session on “Violence, Trauma, and Memory” at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association and chaired a session on “Intertribal Relationships” at the Indigenous Studies Association. He wrapped up the year as a visiting faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, Humanities Research Institute’s program on “Holy Wars Redux: The Crusades, Futures of the Past, and the ‘Clash of Religions.’” Brooks continues to work on his book in progress, “Mesa of Sorrows: Archaeology, Prophecy, and the Ghosts of Awat’ovi Pueblo,” under contract with W.W. Norton.

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Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

This year, Indian Arts Research Center director Cynthia Chavez Lamar was elected chair of the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies Advisory Board and will serve a two-year term. She served as a national judge at the Eighth Annual Indigenous Peoples Market of the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways in October; was an invited participant in the Leadership Institute, Convening I, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in November; and that month also taught a session on “Working with American Indian Communities” during the 2010 Seminar for Historical Administration. Rounding out a busy month, Chavez Lamar also presented the paper “Creating Context and Validating Knowledge about Collections at the Indian Arts Research Center” at the American Anthropological Association. In June, she co-presented a paper with Jim Enote, Executive Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Indigenous Materials Institute. The paper was on Chavez Lamar's and Enote's collaborative work with Zuni collections at IARC. She continued her work with moccasin makers and held a seminar in October to discuss plans for a traveling banner exhibit and educational video on Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache moccasins. The video and the exhibit are to be completed in July 2012.

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Linda Cordell

“In the spring 2010 my former student Maxine McBrinn and I signed a contract with Left Coast Press [for a new addition of Archaeology of the Southwest],” said Linda Cordell. “I am delighted to report that we have met our deadline and the book should be out early in 2012. In addition, my colleague Judith Habicht-Mauche and I completed editing our volume on fourteenth-century Southwestern pottery. That volume is based on the session we organized for the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The book is now in press with the Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona.” Cordell continued to work with the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo on new trail signage and their new interpretive center for the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. She co-authored a paper with Keith Kintigh for PoLar, the American Anthropological Association’s online publication on political anthropology, concerning NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act). Finally, in summer 2010, she was elected to a three-year term as external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. “I believe I can continue productive synergy between these two institutions,” she said.

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Dean Falk

Dean Falk

During this year the book that was the main focus of Dean Falk’s 2008–2009 residency at SAR, The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution, went into production at University of California Press, for release in November 2011. “I was delighted that two foreign editions (in German and Italian) were published of Finding Our Tongues, which I finished during my 2008–2009 SAR residency. During this fiscal year, I published a scholarly paper about Homo floresiensis (aka “Hobbit”) with colleagues and a book chapter about brain evolution.”

Other projects included work on several papers on hominin endocasts, an edited volume that is in the early stages of preparation (Evolution of the Primate Brain: From Neuron to Behavior, co-edited with M. A. Hofman and to be published by Elsevier), and “somewhere down the line, a book project on Asperger syndrome with my granddaughter, Eve.”

Falk taught Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory during the 2010 fall semester at Florida State University and returned to Santa Fe at the end of December. In November 2010, she served on a PhD committee and attended a defense in Poitiers, France. She served on another PhD committee and attended the defense in Zürich, Switzerland, in March 2011. She presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and gave papers or lectured at Johns Hopkins University, McMaster University in Ontario, the University of Zürich in Switzerland, and in SAR’s colloquium series.

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George J. Gumerman

George J. Gumerman continued to co-chair the workshop at the Santa Fe Institute “Cosmology and Society in the Ancient Amerindian World” along with Linda Cordell (SAR) and Murray Gell-Mann. “Our goal is to understand the prehistoric worldview of the Southeastern and Southwestern United States and Mesoamerica,” said Gumerman. All papers and data collected by the workshop participants are now available online for the use of interested researchers. Gumerman also continued the construction of an agent-based computer model, with physical anthropologist Alan Swedlund and computer modelers, that traces the spread of infectious disease in the prehistoric Southwest. The goal is to determine the potential role of various disease vectors in the depopulation of certain regions of the northern Southwest. He also gave presentations at Aztec National Monument, the University of Illinois, and Stanford University on the uses of agent-based computer modeling in archaeology. His article “Rewinding the Tape of Prehistory” was published in the journal Social Agent Based Modeling.

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John Kantner

John Kantner

Over the past year, John Kantner gave several public and academic lectures, while also continuing his work on the Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project (LMAP), which is investigating community life before and during the fluorescence of Chaco Canyon as a major religious center in the twelfth-century American Southwest. Building on a pilot study conducted two years ago, LMAP efforts included a laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) study of almost 700 pieces of pottery, the results of which are providing insight into trade patterns within and among Puebloan villages almost a millennium ago.

Kantner also worked on several publications, including book chapters on computer modeling of human movement across digital landscapes, Early Pueblo archaeology of the northern Southwest, patterns of scale and connectivity across the Southwest and beyond, and an examination of communities in the Red Mesa Valley during the era of Chaco Canyon. With colleague Kevin Vaughn of Purdue University, Kantner prepared a journal article comparing Chaco Canyon with Cahuachi on the south coast of Peru. As part of this collaborative effort, he spent several days at Vaughn’s field site near Cahuachi and the famous Nazca lines. He also continues to serve as a referee for several journals and the National Science Foundation and is on the editorial board of Heritage & Society, an academic journal that provides a forum for scholarly, professional, and community reflection on the cultural, political, and economic impacts of heritage on contemporary society.

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Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis published “The Cure at the End of the Trail: Seeking Health while Transforming a Town,” which appeared in All Trails Lead to Santa Fe: An Anthology (Sunstone Press, 2010). An article titled “Washed Ashore at Fort Stanton: Healing Consumptive Sailors,” was published in the December 2010 issue of El Palacio, and a third article was accepted for publication in the New Mexico Historical Review. She prepared a prospectus and received a publishing agreement to write a book on Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health. She presented a paper on tuberculosis and chaired a session on “Health Care for Migrant Populations: Access and Quality” at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in March. She also gave a paper on “High and Dry at Fort Stanton: Treating Consumptive Sailors” at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Historical Society in May. She gave three public talks—“Pageants and Parades: The Battle for Fiesta” (SAR), “Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: The Lungers and their Legacy” (New Mexico History Museum), and “Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health” (Oasis). She was elected to the board of the Historical Society of New Mexico and was named secretary of the Board of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. She was also appointed to the Bea Medicine Committee of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

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Malena Mörling

Malena Mörling

In the summer of 2010, Malena Mörling attended the 2010 Translation Symposium at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. She continued to edit the anthology Swedish Writers on Writing and to work on translations of the early twentieth-century Swedish poet Edith Sodergran. Her translation into Swedish of the American poet Philip Levine’s collection 1933 was published in the summer.

In September, Mörling gave a poetry reading at the Black Mountain Institute at The University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also read and participated in panel discussions at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey.

This fall Mörling received a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. She lived and worked in Marfa, Texas, from October 15 to November 20 on a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. In November Mörling read at Bookworks in Albuquerque together with Jon Davis. In January she taught in the Low Residency MFA Program in Poetry at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where she is a core faculty member. During the spring semester of 2011, she taught full-time in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, where she is an associate professor.

In March Mörling was asked to read and evaluate a manuscript about the late great American poet Hayden Carruth for Syracuse University Press. She also read her translations of the contemporary Swedish poet Marie Lundquist at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as a part of a reading called “The Tenth Muse,” arranged by Adam Zagajewski. In April, she gave the first Literary Conversation: Writers Reading/Reading Writers talk at SAR, during which she read and talked about her translations of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and also read her own work. She discussed Tranströmer on the Swedish radio program Epstein in P1 as well. This program celebrated his work in honor of his eightieth birthday on April 15, 2011.

During the summer, she traveled to Sweden and Finland to complete her translations of Edith Sodergran, having received a translation grant from FILI, the Finish Language Institute, to complete this project.

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Douglas Schwartz

Douglas W. Schwartz

“The Big Pueblo at Arroyo Hondo and the Intriguing Stories It Tells” was the title of a lecture Douglas Schwartz presented at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe in May. “This presentation is a continuation of my forty years of research related to this 1,000-room, fourteenth-century Classic pueblo. After five field seasons of excavation and several years of detailed analyses and writing, this ongoing project resulted in a masters thesis, eight doctoral dissertations, nine monographs, fourteen special reports, many articles, and a film for the National Geographic Society,” said Schwartz. He is working on a history of the Arroyo Hondo project for the School’s website. It will provide a listing of all the background reports that led to the published monographs, his summary illustrated talk, the National Geographic Society film, and the reviews of all the monographs that appeared in scholarly journals. In May, Schwartz attended the opening of a new museum on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in which his early archaeological work there was acknowledged as “laying the foundation for Grand Canyon archaeology.”

As a continuation of his work on Charles Darwin, he is beginning a project currently called “The Origins of Beauty: Great Artists, or the Hinder Parts of Monkeys,” in which he examines a debate between the famous Victorian art critic John Ruskin and Charles Darwin on how beauty developed. Schwartz continues to be engaged in public service activities, serving as a member of the State of the National Parks Advisory Board of the National Parks Conservation Association, a board member of the Witter-Bynner Foundation for Poetry and the First National Bank of Santa Fe.

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