2017 Speaker Series

110 Years at SAR: Preservation, Policy, and Thought Leadership

In 1906, anthropologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher was a member of the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) American Committee. The AIA, founded in Boston in 1879, already had schools in Athens, Rome, and Palestine that sponsored research into the foundations of classical civilization and promoted professional standards in archaeological field work. Fletcher wanted to establish an “Americanist” center with three objectives: to train students in the profession of archaeology, to engage in anthropological research on the American continent, and to preserve and study the unique cultural heritage of the Southwest. With these goals in mind, the AIA accepted Fletchers plan, and in 1907, the School for American Archaeology was founded in Santa Fe, with Fletcher as the first chairperson of the School’s managing committee and Edgar Lee Hewett as its director. Thus began the long and storied history of what is now known as the School for Advanced Research.

2017 marks the 110th anniversary of SAR, and in some respect, the goals that Fletcher established in 1907 continue to carry us forward today. This year’s Speaker Series, 110 Years of SAR: Preservation, Policy, and Thought Leadership, seeks to trace the evolution of these ideas and the innovative ways SAR continues to support the intersections between indigenous thought, archaeology, anthropology, and ethics in the 21st century.

All discussions will be held at the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. These events are free and open to the public.

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2017 IARC Speaker Series

March 2017
IARC Speaker Series Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 pm, Admission is free.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
KEYNOTE: The History of the School for Advanced Research and its Relationship to Indigenous Peoples Speaker: Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Arizona State University In this keynote lecture, great-grandniece to Tsianina Blackstone and former SAR Board member (2006-2015), Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, will discuss the development of SAR and its relationships with indigenous issues—including challenges and accomplishments—over the last century.
April 2017
IARC Speaker Series Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00 pm, Admission is free.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
Trailblazing an Indigenous Archaeology: New Methodologies Panelists: Joseph Aguilar, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Lindsay M. Montgomery, University of Arizona; Timothy Wilcox, Stanford University This panel explores the current state of Indigenous archaeology and new projects utilizing these methodologies.
IARC Speaker Series Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:00 pm, Admission is free.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
Lighting a Pathway: Community + Museum Guidelines for Collaboration Moderator: Jim Enote, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center; Panelists: Kelly McHugh, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Ellen Pearlstein, University of California, Los Angeles; Landis Smith, Projects Conservator, Museums of New Mexico In response to a growing interest in this work, an online resource for collaborative work has been developed over a three-year period of critical discourse among museum professionals, cultural leaders, artists, and scholars. This discussion explores the guidelines’ development process, plans for expanding the online resource, and its collective impact.
IARC Speaker Series Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 pm, Admission is free.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe
At the Forefront of Repatriation: New Policy and Impact beyond the United States Moderator: Brian Vallo, Indian Arts Research Center at SAR; Panelists: Kate Fitz Gibbon, JD, Fitz Gibbon Law, JD; Honor Keeler, JD, International Repatriation Project; Gregory Smith, JD, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker This discussion delves into recent policy and proposed solutions beyond NAGPRA.


Past IARC Speaker Series
Tony Chavarria2016 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2016 theme, Forging New Landscapes in Cultural Stewardship and Repatriation, sought to explore the ways in which NAGPRA has impacted policy and procedure for collectors, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities.
Brian Vallo2015 Indian Arts Research Center Speaker SeriesThe 2015 theme, Exploring Narrative, examined the multiple narratives present but not always revealed through research, writing, and exhibits.
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.

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