Outreach & Education

Membership Field Trips
Membership Field Trips
Membership Lectures
Membership Lectures
SAR Sparks Talks
SAR Sparks Talks
Writers Reading/Reading Writers
Writers Reading/Reading Writers

SAR creates a vibrant atmosphere full of stimulating ideas, groundbreaking research, and inspiring artistic endeavors. These multiply in value when shared with friends old and new. With field trips, Sparks Talks, public lectures, and ever-growing multimedia offerings, SAR maintains its vitality by sharing not only with the New Mexico community, but also with anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access. “Interacting with the people who attend lectures and go on field trips is one of the big benefits of working at SAR. There are so many interesting, knowledgeable, and fun people who participate, it keeps us energized,” said SAR scholar and vice president John Kantner.

Membership Field Trips

SAR’s field trip program continues to grow and offers members insightful and memorable adventures. A diverse range of trips are offered from visits to Native American artist’s studios and pueblos to multi-day, physically active hikes into backcountry archaeological sites. Our trips stimulate thoughtful discussions and help members understand the complexity of the cultural landscape. Top-notch guides, access to archaeological sites on private lands or behind locked gates, great food, and a friendly, congenial group of co-travelers are the reasons members keep coming back to participate in the trips we offer each year.

Membership Lecture Series

One of the benefits of SAR membership is the opportunity to attend the public lecture series at no charge. Each year, SAR staff members choose a theme that will provide a unique opportunity to hear speakers share their ideas on a variety of anthropology and humanities topics.

The theme chosen for 2011-2012 was “Revolutions,” which explored events large and small, past and present, that had a dramatic impact on our world. SAR was fortunate to be able to bring back a former resident scholar to kick off the series in October. Jessica Winegar was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as Egyptian citizens started an uprising that led to the country’s democratic presidential election held in June 2012.

Other topics included revolutions in paleontology, the evolution of European civilization, and global indigenous arts movements. To end the season, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alan Taylor presented a talk on what he calls our first civil war; the American Revolution.

SAR Sparks Talks

Just over six years ago, SAR staff members Jean Schaumberg and Leslie Shipman came up with the idea of an afternoon lecture series focused on the unique history and character of New Mexico, a state so deep in its Wild West saga that, according to law, a tie in a political election can still be decided by a poker hand.

How has New Mexico maintained its diversity and distinctive character, while most of the US draws closer and closer to homogeneity? Each Sparks speaker brings knowledge and perspective to that question with an exploration of places, people, and events that helped create and continues to enhance the unique culture of the Land of Enchantment.

Writers Reading/Reading Writers

The Literary Arts Program at SAR, funded by the Lannan Foundation, features literary conversations each fall and spring organized around the theme “Writers Reading/ Reading Writers,” through which notable creative writers read from their own work and discuss with the audience selections from writers who have been most influential in their own careers.

Through this partnership, SAR was honored to welcome two important young writers whose work is shaking up the literary world: Téa Obreht and Alan Heathcock.

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