Resident Scholars

2011–2012 Resident Scholars2011–2012 Resident ScholarsSeated: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Craig Janes, Margaret Bruchac
Standing: Julie M. Weise, Teresa McCarty,
Wossen Argaw Tegegn
2011–2012 Resident ScholarsSeated: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Craig Janes, Margaret Bruchac
Standing: Julie M. Weise, Teresa McCarty,
Wossen Argaw Tegegn

Nine months on an 8-acre historic campus, high desert air, crisp winter mornings, and unlimited freedom to pursue their most compelling questions and inspirations. This is what SAR has offered its resident scholars for the past forty-two years—nine months that feed the soul, so that they, in turn, can feed the body of knowledge about what it means to be human. SAR provides a respite from the demands of everyday academia—which Luce scholar Craig Janes describes as “interruptions interrupted by other interruptions”— combined with a peaceful atmosphere that stimulates deep thought as well as camaraderie and inspiration.

This year’s resident scholars came from Ethiopia, Arizona, California, Connecticut, British Columbia, and Wisconsin. Their research ranged from women’s education in Africa to the loss of indigenous languages, the history of Mexican migration in the US South, the effects of climate change in Mongolia, the recovery of the work of Native American photographer Horace Poolaw, and the important role of Native “informants” in salvage anthropology in the early twentieth-century United States. All the scholars expressed surprise at the profound influence and inspiration they gained from their exchanges with researchers in such varied areas.

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Margaret M. BruchacMargaret M. Bruchac2011–2012 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar
Margaret M. Bruchac
Craig R. JanesCraig R. Janes2011–2012 Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar
Craig R. Janes
Teresa L. McCartyTeresa L. McCarty2011–2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar
Teresa L. McCarty

Margaret Bruchac § Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar

“Consorting with Savages: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists”

While at SAR, Bruchac took advantage of her time in the Southwest by traveling to the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles, an adventure that she says allowed her to uncover information and make connections that she could not have made otherwise. She went through the museum’s journal, Masterkey, and found associations and kinships that led to what she describes as an epiphany that altered the organization of her book. “Going through those journals was an exercise I could not have done if I didn’t have the leisure to say, ‘Well, let’s take a few days and just see what I find.’”

Craig Janes § Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar

“Creating Vulnerability: Environmental Change, Failed Development, and Livelihood Insecurity in Post-Socialist Mongolia”

In 1996, Craig Janes’s dean at the University of Colorado asked him if he would like to go to Mongolia to determine whether the university should partner with that country in an educational exchange program. Janes’s response: “Well, who would turn down an offer like that?” His trip was the first step on a path that led him, fifteen years later, to SAR to finish his book on the devastating concurrence of the end of socialism and the effects of climate change on Mongolian herders—a perfect storm that is driving herders away from the land and into urban areas.

Teresa McCarty § National Endowment for the Humanities Resident Scholar

“Reclaiming the ‘Cultural Language’: Youth and Indigenous Language Continuance”

The importance of preserving “endangered” languages is not something that everyone instinctively grasps, but McCarty does. Experts in the field predict the demise of up to 90 percent of the world’s languages by the end of the twenty-first century, most of them indigenous. McCarty intends to reverse this trend. She has spent more than thirty years working in Southwestern Native communities and in academia, collecting data and conducting interviews. Now she’s bringing together the fruits of her experience and research in a book that she hopes will help indigenous communities revitalize and maintain their language and culture.

Nancy Marie MithloNancy Marie Mithlo2011–2012 Anne Ray Resident Scholar
Nancy Marie Mithlo
Wossen Argaw TegegnWossen Argaw Tegegn2011–2012 Campbell Resident Scholar
Wossen Argaw Tegegn
Julie M. WeiseJulie M. Weise2011–2012 Weatherhead Resident Scholar
Julie M. Weise

Nancy Marie Mithlo § Anne Ray Resident Scholar

“Of His Time: The Modernist Legacy of Kiowa Photographer Horace Poolaw”

During her fellowship at SAR, Nancy Mithlo completed her manuscript “Of His Time: The Modernist Legacy of Kiowa Photographer Horace Poolaw,” which will accompany the 2012 National Museum of the American Indian exhibition of Poolaw’s work. After apprenticing with a photographer at the age of seventeen, Poolaw went on to record a critical transitional period of Oklahoma’s Plains Indians, taking thousands of photos of family members and others from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Wossen Argaw Tegegn § Vera Campbell Fellowship

“The Gender Agenda in Ethiopian Technology Universities”

Wossen Argaw Tegegn was the first female lecturer hired at Ethiopia’s Adama Science and Technology University. Perhaps the people who hired her had little idea what they were in for. Tegegn has set her sights on transforming the way women are treated in higher education in Ethiopia. One of her first steps was to establish the Gender Office at Adama, the mission of which is to identify and correct discrimination against women at the school. Her research focuses on why male students traditionally outperform females in technology fields. She is conducting her research not only at Adama, where she has worked for seventeen years, but also at four other public universities in Ethiopia.

Julie M. Weise § Weatherhead Resident Scholar

“Corazón de Dixie: Migration and the Struggle for Rights in the US South and Mexico, 1910–2010”

California’s Proposition 187 was Julie Weise’s wake-up call. Its passage led her to a life of research, writing, and teaching about the history and dynamics of immigration. While at SAR, Weise revised and completed her book, Corazón de Dixie: Migration and the Struggle for Rights in the US South and Mexico, 1910–2010. Her research shows that, contrary to scholarly assumptions, Mexican immigration to the southeastern United States is not exclusively a late twentieth-century phenomenon. Rather, Mexican immigrant communities have challenged the region’s social, political, and economic structures since the early twentieth century.

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