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.

September 2014
Newborn Baby Lecture
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Whence Language?: The Role of Mothers and Infants Dean Falk Evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk explores how and why baby talk, musical speech, or “motherese” first appeared in our ancestors and the likely role of prehistoric mothers and infants in the subsequent origin of symbolic language.
Eagle Trap Field Trip
Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:00 am–3:00 pm Burnt Mesa Pueblo and Eagle Traps Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Robert Powers Burnt Mesa, above Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Park, was ravaged by the 1977 La Mesa Fire, which changed the visual landscape of Bandelier’s northern boundary. The once-prominent ponderosa forest has transitioned into grass and shrubs, which have attracted elk into the park. This open landscape has allowed visitors to more easily notice the numerous rock mound sites signifying Ancestral Puebloan life on the mesa.
Llama packing to Rainbow Bridge Field Trip
Monday, September 29–Saturday, October 4, 2014, Trip limited to 10 participants Extraordinary Adventure: Navajo Mountain to Rainbow Bridge Trip leader: Kimberly Spurr On the northern edge of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Mountain rises to 10,388 feet. Geologically unique as an isolated laccolithic dome, the mountain towers above 1,500-foot deep canyons and breathtaking contours of Navajo sandstone. This spectacular and remote country on the Utah and Arizona border provides a unique opportunity to explore a rarely visited part of the Colorado Plateau, which contains a wealth of archaeological prehistory and contemporary Navajo cultural history.
October 2014
Governor Bent Field Trip
Friday, October 17, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm Rebellion in Taos: the Uprising of 1847 Trip Leader: Robert J. Tórrez The years 1846 and 1847 were volatile times in New Mexico, particularly in Taos and Taos Pueblo. On January 19, 1847, Governor Bent, his brother-in-law, and four US-appointed local officials were murdered in Taos. The revolt against the newly instituted US authorities quickly spread to Mora and other communities in northern New Mexico.
Nicole Taylor, Director of Scholar Programs, holding the 2012 J. I. Staley Prize Winning Book Lecture
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Evolution and Women’s Lives Wenda Trevathan Biological anthropologist Wenda Trevathan discusses why our experiences with adolescence, pregnancy, birth, nursing, sexuality, and menopause have little in common with what is believed to have been the experience of our ancestors.
Guaje Ruin Kiva in 2005 Field Trip
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 am–4:00 pm Guaje Canyon: Archaeology and Fire on the Pajarito Plateau Trip Leaders: Rory Gauthier and Dr. Craig Allen One extensive group of ruins that we will visit lies on the high, narrow mesa north of Guaje Canyon. Here, at least seven ruins are spread along the crest of the mesa, including five kivas that are carved into the tufa bedrock. A string of fifty cavate rooms are found along the base of the canyon, which were accessible to the mesa village by hand- and toe-holds and carved stairs.
February 2015
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
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.
May 2015
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.

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