Lectures, symposiums, artist open houses, colloquiums, field trips, and many other events are regularly sponsored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR). These are available to SAR members, and many also are open to the general public. All upcoming events are listed below.

February 2015
Pajarito archaeological site damaged by fire Sparks
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Fire & Archaeology on the Pajarito Plateau: Studies in Fire-Prone Environments Rory Gauthier Archaeologist Rory Gauthier will trace the development of archeological site preservation during extreme fire and post-fire events and discuss the direct and indirect effects on cultural resources and techniques utilized to mitigate the impacts from fire.
Grandmother carrying child in Borana, Ethiopia Lecture
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Grandmothers and Human Evolution Kristen Hawkes Anthropologist Kristen Hawkes considers the Grandmother Hypothesis that increased longevity is a key to the evolution of human life history and other features that distinguish us from the great apes.
March 2015
Chamisa Sparks
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Navajo Cultural Uses of Native Plants in the Four Corners Region Arnold Clifford The traditional use of plants by the Navajo people in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico will be the focus of this presentation by ethnobotanist Arnold Clifford.
Guitierrez-Hubbell Family, Juliana and Children Field Trip
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8:00 am–4:00 pm Historic Homes of the Rio Grande Valley: Gutierrez-Hubbell & Los Poblanos We will have the opportunity to visit two historic properties along the Rio Grande, the Gutierrez-Hubbell home in the South Valley, and the La Quinta home & Los Poblanos Property in the North Valley. Both homes are listed on the New Mexico State Register of Cultural Properties.
Human Diet Lecture
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Evolution of the Human Diet Leslie Aiello Anthropologist Leslie Aiello follows the evolution of human nutrition from our earliest ancestors to the modern day, drawing attention to the diversity in the human diet over time and its consequences.
Rio Grande Gorge Field Trip
Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:00 am–4:00 pm New Mexico’s Equestrian Nomads: Comanche, Jicarilla Apaches and Utes SAR resident scholar Severin Fowles is currently researching the intrusion of the Comanches and Utes into northern New Mexico during the 17th and 18th centuries. This trip offers participants a unique opportunity to study little-known rock art panels that document the arrival of these equestrian tribes into New Mexico’s cultural landscape and the impact these nomadic tribes had upon Puebloan and Hispanic villagers.
April 2015
Blackwater Draw Stratigraphy Field Trip
Friday, April 3–Saturday, April 4, 2015 Discovering Ice Age Americans: A Trip to Blackwater Draw [2 days/1 night, overnight in Portales, New Mexico] For this field trip, Archaeologist David Kilby, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, will be our expert guide. The trip includes a close-up view of artifacts from the site, plus a guided tour.
Sheldon Parsons Sparks
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free They Came to Heal; They Stayed to Paint: The Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony Nancy Owen Lewis Over a century ago, four artists came to New Mexico hoping its climate would heal their tuberculosis. Recovering sufficiently to resume their careers, Carlos Vierra, Kenneth Chapman, Gerald Cassidy, and Sheldon Parsons became the first members of Santa Fe’s fledgling art colony. This presentation examines how their experience in Santa Fe changed the art they produced and the city they now called home.
Three-dimensional turtle with shell Field Trip
Tuesday, April 21–Friday, April 24, 2015 Artistry of Hopi Among the 12,000+ items of Southwest art and culture represented in the IARC collection, the work of Hopi artist’s Ramson Lomatewama, Iva Honyestewa, and Rachel Sahmie shine particularly bright. Our unique fieldtrip will take us out to Hopi to reconnect with these outstanding artists. It is an opportunity to visit with them in their studios, be enriched by their artistry, and learn how they and their artwork are involved with their community.
May 2015
Tsinat Petroglyphs Field Trip
Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:30 am–3:00 pm Caja del Rio: Archaeology of Tsinat Pueblo Our trip guides will be Mike Bremer and Anne Baldwin, who work with the Heritage Program on the Santa Fe National Forest. This trip offers an opportunity to explore the Caja del Rio plateau and enjoy a hike into the Santa Fe River canyon just as the cottonwoods and willows begin to awaken. There will be an opportunity to search for rock art and look at the early agricultural fields of ancestral Keres people living along the Santa Fe River.
Jogging Couple Lecture
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine Daniel Lieberman Evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman investigates evidence that indicates the evolution of human hunting and gathering was made possible by a suite of adaptations that transformed our ancestors into superlative endurance athletes.
The Art of Velino Shije Herrera Field Trip
Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:30 am–3:00 pm The Art of Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi) This field trip offers participants a unique opportunity to view rarely-exhibited paintings by Velino Shije Herrera, which are owned by SAR, and to visit to the Pritzlaff Ranch in San Ignacio, New Mexico to view the large, wall murals painted by Velino.

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