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.

October 2015
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.
Has the City of the Monkey God been revealed? Special Event
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6:30–7:30 pm Has the City of the Monkey God Been Revealed? Highlights From a Honduran Rainforest Expedition A Benefit Lecture for SAR by Douglas Preston, journalist for National Geographic On October 20, 2015, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Preston presents a benefit lecture for the School for Advanced Research, titled Has the City of the Monkey God Been Revealed? Highlights From a Honduran Rainforest Expedition, at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. A post-lecture reception follows at La Fonda on the Plaza from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m.
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.
Nuclear bomb Little Boy Sparks
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Delivering LIttle Boy:  Captain Nolan, the Manhattan Project, and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age James L. Nolan Jr. Sociologist James L. Nolan Jr. will discuss the unusual journey of his grandfather, Dr. James F. Nolan, a radiologist and obstetric gynecologist who worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during WW II.
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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