2010–2011 Membership Lecture Series

“The Visual and the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible”

Five Lectures

From the ancient to the contemporary, from photography to film to virtual reality, this year's membership lecture series explored the image. “All but one of the speakers this year were alumni of SAR,” said SAR Vice President John Kantner, “from Danny Hoffman's astonishing photography and heart-wrenching ethnographic work of West African diamond miners, to Kristin Dowell's discussion of First Nations filmmakers, which included the screening of several short films. Once again, SAR President Emeritus Doug Schwartz packed the Lensic to present his years of research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo and on the Pueblo world before the Spanish arrived.”

SAR member Stockton Colt shared his experience at Kristin Dowell's lecture on Aboriginal Canadian experimental videos: “Where in an evening can one travel from the bow of a canoe streaming a surreal body of water to deep inside a time-shifting cave—and learn how Canadian Aboriginal video makers use the latest cine camera technology to capture such phenomenal, award-winning images? An easy answer: another great presentation sponsored by SAR to educate and entertain us. Well done, SAR!”

October 2010
Detail of The Mapa de Cuahtinchan No. 2 Lecture
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm Cave, City, and Eagles Nest: Rediscovered Mexican Codex Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University) Dr. Davíd Carrasco, historian of religions, presents an illustrated lecture on a recently recovered early 16th-century Mexican Codex.
November 2010
Sierra Leone Lecture
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm Africa’s Diamond Mines and the Contradictions of Visual Anthropology Daniel Hoffman (University of Washington) For Dr. Daniel Hoffman, the anthropologist with a camera, the diamond mines of West Africa present definite contradictions.
March 2011
2009–2010 Membership Lectures—The Visual & the Virtual: Rendering Humanity Visible Lecture
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm Breaking New Cinematic Ground: Aboriginal Canadian Experimental Videos Kristin Dowell (University of Oklahoma) Dr. Kristin Dowell presents a multimedia look at experimental video production among Aboriginal media artists whose unconventional approach is redefining Canadian media practice.
April 2011
Site tour of Homolovi IV – Virtual Reality Cave Environment Lecture
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm Archaeological Virtual Reality: Building the True Digital Museum Doug Gann (Center for Desert Archaeology) Doug Gann takes a critical look at the evolution of virtual archaeology, examining the techniques used to virtually share archaeological research with the public.
May 2011
Arroyo Hondo Lecture
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm The Big Pueblo at Arroyo Hondo and the Intriguing Stories It Tells Douglas W. Schwartz (School for Advanced Research) Around A.D. 1300, a great new pueblo of 1,000 rooms emerged at Arroyo Hondo, just south of what is now Santa Fe.
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