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.

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.
Brian Vallo Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free 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.
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 [Filled, waitlist is open.] 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.
Bruce Bernstein Speaker Series
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free 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.
Enrique Lamadrid in Okinawa Colloquium
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free Las Morismas de Santiago y San Juan: Conquest, Re-Conquest, De-Conquest in Choreographic Cultural Memory in the Americas Enrique Lamadrid, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish, University of New Mexico For five centuries, the native and mestizo peoples of the Americas have dramatized their political and cultural struggles in festival and ritual display. Utilizing victory and morality plays, ritual dance, and even contemporary fiesta parades, the Indo-Hispanic peoples contribute to a global conversation about the limits of empire in our own times.
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 [Filled.] 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
Patricia Crown Colloquium
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free A Tale of Two Species: How Chocolate and Macaws became Prestige Items in Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and Europe Patricia Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico Far from their tropical home of Mesoamerica, chocolate and macaws spread through Europe, becoming status symbols of the European elite. How did a plant and a bird become prestige items in so many different cultures?
Blackwater Draw Stratigraphy Field Trip
Friday, April 3–Saturday, April 4, 2015 Discovering Ice Age Americans: A Trip to Blackwater Draw [Filled.] [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.
Janine Ledford Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free 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 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.
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 [Filled.] 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.
Psychology of Patriarchy Colloquium
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free Understanding Patriarchal Beliefs and Practices Cross-Culturally: Advanced Seminar Chairs Holly Mathews, Chair, Professor, Department of Anthropology, East Carolina University; Adriana Manago, Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Washington University How do patriarchal beliefs and practices take hold psychologically across a range of societies and what are the reasons women sometimes adhere or accommodate to ideologies that oppress and disenfranchise them while at other times they resist and subvert them?
May 2015
Tsinat Petroglyphs Field Trip
Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:30 am–3:00 pm Caja del Rio: Archaeology of Tsinat Pueblo [Filled.] 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.
W. Richard West Jr. Speaker Series
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:00 pm, Free 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.
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) [Filled, waitlist is open.] 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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