2015 SAR Speaker Series

Exploring Narrative

The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce its 2015 Speaker Series, Exploring Narrative, which examines the multiple narratives present but not always revealed through research, writing, and exhibits. This year’s Speaker Series was developed jointly between the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and Ralph T. Coe Foundation. Through lecture and discussion, speakers will share their knowledge and experience in these topics. This series is open and free to the public.

Download a flier of the 2015 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker Series. (PDF, 233 KB)

Spring 2015 IARC Speaker Series

March 2015
Brian Vallo Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free
SAR Boardroom
Lecture - Inside and Outside Legacies of the Pueblo of Acoma Brian Vallo, interim IARC director, School for Advanced Research For more than a century, the Pueblo of Acoma has applied a strategic and controlled approach in response to pressures of Western society and implications of federal policy. This discussion will focus on four significant issues that have had considerable impact on the Pueblo and its development.
Bruce Bernstein Speaker Series
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free
SAR Boardroom
Panel Discussion - Uncovering/Recovering History Joseph “Woody” Aguilar, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Diane Reyna, filmmaker
Brian Vallo, interim IARC director, School for Advanced Research
Moderator: Bruce Bernstein, PhD., executive director, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts
As narratives become increasingly nuanced and more complex, this panel discussion seeks to examine how new histories are being uncovered and revealed through research, storytelling, and community.
April 2015
Janine Ledford Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free
SAR Boardroom
Lecture - The Makah Cultural and Research Center: A History of Makah Designed Objectives Janine Ledford, director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center The history and development of the Makah people can be seen at the Makah Cultural and Research Center (MCRC), where a remote tribe on the coast of Washington State invited a small number of professionals to work side-by-side to design and create their museum, and structure the other programs that would ultimately work toward the preservation of Makah culture and identity.
Amy Lonetree Speaker Series
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free
SAR Boardroom
Panel Discussion - Cultural Centers and Inclusive Narratives Janine Ledford, Director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center
Manny Wheeler, Director, Navajo Nation Museum
Travis Zimmerman, Site Manager, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Moderator: Amy Lonetree, PhD., Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz
This panel discussion explore how cultural centers and indigenous museums choose to explore and include or exclude the numerous narrative(s) that surround them.
May 2015
W. Richard West Jr. Speaker Series
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:00 pm, Free
St. Francis Auditorium, at the New Mexico Museum of Art
Keynote Lecture - Westward Stories: New Models of Interpretation and Museum Building W. Richard West, Jr. president and CEO, Autry National Center of the American West The Autry National Center of the American West envisions itself as a “third wave” institution of cultural interpretation. With both colonial and anti-colonial approaches to narrative as backdrop, the Autry assumes, uses, and affirms the presence of distinct interpretive voices from both inside and outside the museum. But it also takes a critical additional step: the Autry sweeps horizontally across the stories of the American West to interweave and interconnect the multiple threads of cultural experience and history — in the end, the “multi-cultural” becomes the “inter-cultural” and in doing so creates a more integrated narrative that makes all stories of the American West, past and present, more whole.


Past IARC Speaker Series
Roy Kady2014 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2014 theme, Art in Flux, was dedicated to discussing key issues and programs affecting artists and art institutions today. Speakers delved into subjects surrounding art, interpretation, and the business of art.
Lara Evans2013 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2013 IARC Speaker Series theme, “Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts”, was geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials.
Rose Díaz2012 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2012 theme “Thinking Ahead: The Preservation, Protection, and Support of Artists’ Legacies” was geared towards artists and museum professionals who needed to know more about estate planning, artist rights, funding opportunities, and documentation of artists’ work.
Diane Bird2010–2011 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2010–2011 theme “Getting Back to Basics: Practice and Process in Native Collections Care” emphasized the need for practical application training in working with tribal collections.
Nancy Mithlo2009–2010 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2009–2010 theme “Intersections: Native Collections, Curation, and Museums” highlighted important topics relevant to current issues and discussions in contemporary Native arts, anthropology of museums, research, and Native collections.

Sponsored by School for Advanced Research and Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

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