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 2015
Chris Boehm Lecture
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm,
Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Hunter-Gatherer Morals Chris Boehm When it comes to determining the moral life of late Pleistocene foragers, scientists have little to go on. Using a large hunter-gatherer database that he created, cultural anthropologist Chris Boehm reconstructs the moral life of prehistoric foragers through the use of ethnographic analogy.
Administration Building Colloquium
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Introductory Presentations by 2015-2016 Resident Scholars, the Native Artist Fellow, and the Anne Ray Interns Our newest group of scholars, artist and interns will present short synopses of the work they will be pursuing over the next nine months at SAR.
Susan McKinnon, 2015-2016 Resident Scholar Colloquium
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Marital Signs of a Progressive Society: The Cousin Marriage Debate in Nineteenth-Century America Susan McKinnon, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Virginia, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR Well into the nineteenth century, cousin marriage was an emotionally resonant and culturally validated feature of the American social landscape--a means of consolidating family ties, political alliances, and economic relations of labor, landed wealth, and investment capital. Why then, lacking the knowledge of germ theory and disease, did the practice become stigmatized beginning in the 1850’s? Dr. McKinnon will explore possible answers to this and other related questions in her presentation.
Karin Friederic, 2015-2016 Resident Scholar Colloquium
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free “¡El Machismo es Violencia!” Sex, Human Rights, and Masculinity on the Ecuadorian Coast Karin Friederic, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, and Vera Campbell Resident Scholar, SAR In rural coastal Ecuador, human rights campaigns against domestic violence have introduced new ideas about gender, sexuality, and health focusing on “machismo” as the central problem. Intimating that men are inherently violent, questions about whether these campaigns leave room for men to exhibit and accept alternative masculinities are the focus of Dr. Friederic’s discussion.
October 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Becoming Non-capitalists: Alternative Economies and the Transformation of Subjectivities in Medellín, Colombia Brian Burke, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University, and Visiting Scholar, SAR Colombian activists have established barter systems and alternative currencies as a way to promote a new economy rooted in solidarity and mutual support aiming to almost instinctively live a non-capitalist way of life. In this presentation, Dr. Burke will examine barterers' efforts to cultivate non-capitalist subjectivities and discuss possible lessons for other activists seeking social and cultural change. 
Maylei Blackwell, 2015-2016 Resident Scholar Colloquium
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Scales of Justice: Indigenous Women’s Transborder Organizing and the Practice of Autonomy in the Age of Neoliberalism Maylei Blackwell, Associate Professor, Cesar E. Chavez Dept. of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar, SAR Dr. Blackwell’s presentation will present an overview of her forthcoming book set for completion while in residence at SAR entitled, Scales of Justice: Indigenous Women’s Transborder Organizing and the Practice of Autonomy in the Age of Neoliberalism. This book illuminates the complex, cross border and transnational dialogues among indigenous women activists that are reshaping indigenous demands for autonomy in Mexico, within international policy arenas, and within the migrant stream to the US.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Puebloan Societies: New Perspectives Across the Subfields Advanced Seminar, Chair: Peter Whiteley, Anthropology Curator, American Museum of Natural History Over the last two decades new understandings have emerged of Puebloan social systems in all their diachronic and cultural diversity, necessitating a reassessment of cumulative knowledge. The Puebloan Societies seminar will address Puebloan social formations of the past and present from a variety of comparative perspectives, using a four-field anthropological approach. Dr. Whitely will discuss the processes and goals of the seminar.
Karen Hébert, 2015-2016 Resident Scholar Colloquium
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free New Species of Environmental Politics: Taking Sides with Salmon in Coastal Alaska Karen Hébert, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, and Weatherhead Scholar, SAR Salmon has become the centerpiece of recent efforts to protest controversial resource development proposals in coastal Alaska.  Residents of coastal communities who once competed to use salmon now compete to be useful to salmon as a means of gaining legitimacy in environmental contests.  How has salmon emerged as such a mobilizing force, and what does this reveal about environmental politics in the present?
Marlene Zuk Lecture
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Paleofantasy: What Evolution Tells Us about Modern Life Marlene Zuk Are our bodies and brains at odds with contemporary life? Would we be better off if we reverted to the way things used to be, before the rapid changes of agriculture brought us diseases of civilization? Or have human beings in modern society freed themselves from evolution?
January 2016
John Huth Lecture
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Navigation and the Lost Art of Wayfinding John Huth In the modern era we have become accustomed to instantaneous transfer of information. To find our way we use GPS and devices that guide us from Point A to Point B without giving it a second thought. Are we losing the cognitive processes that our ancestors had, and at what price?
March 2016
Agustin Fuentes Lecture
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Human Evolution: A Cocktail of Creativity Agustin Fuentes A cocktail of creativity and collaboration that is unique to our species has propelled the development of our bodies, minds, and cultures — for good and for bad. We are neither the nastiest nor the nicest species. We are first and foremost the species singularly distinguished, and shaped, by creativity.
April 2016
Barbara King Lecture
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Animal Emotion Barbara King Biological anthropologist Barbara King reveals unexpected breadth in animal emotion, ranging from wild dolphins to farm animals to our much loved companion animals — dogs, cats, horses, and more. In this illustrated talk she shares stores of animal love and animal grief and responds to those who worry that attributing such deep emotion to other species is mere anthropomorphism.

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