Calendar

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 2017
Milena Melo Colloquium
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Life and Death in Everyday Life: Emergency Dialysis for Undocumented Immigrants Milena A. Melo, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, Mississippi State University, and Mellon Resident Scholar, SAR At this politically charged moment in time where the fate of immigrants in the U.S. is unknown, this presentation utilizes ethnography to highlight the drastic health implications and costs for undocumented immigrants who have been intentionally excluded from the healthcare system. This becomes especially critical in cases of life and death, such as emergency dialysis for undocumented immigrants suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Please register in advance here.
Robert L. Kelly Lecture
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about the Future Robert L. Kelly Robert Kelly identifies four pivot points in the history of human development, then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning during which he foresees the end of war, capitalism, and nation-states.
Robert L. Kelly Special Event
Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Free. Priority will be given to SAR members at the Chaco level and higher. Limited to 25 people. SAR Salon – The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about the Future, Robert L. Kelly The Friday following the lecture, SAR will sponsor an informal salon discussion with Robert L. Kelly. This informal conversation will give a small number of participants an opportunity to engage directly with experts on topics of broad public interest.
November 2017
Héctor Beltrán Colloquium
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Hacking Imaginaries: Codeworlds and Code Work Across the U.S./México Borderlands Héctor Beltrán, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California – Berkeley, and Mellon/ACLS Resident Scholar, SAR Drawing on extended ethnographic fieldwork between 2014 and 2016, this talk explores circulating forms of hacking and entrepreneurial development between the U.S. and México. How do young people who participate in these communities learn to fill overarching neoliberal agendas with substance, meaning, and materiality? Beltrán proposes that the emergence of the hacker indexes new ways of organizing and working in contemporary society. Please register in advance here.
 Faro Castillo del Morro lighthouse in Havana Field Trip
Wednesday, November 1–Wednesday, November 8, 2017, $5,095 double occupancy w/o airfare, includes $500 donation to SAR. $6,495 single occupancy w/o airfare, includes $500 donation to SAR Travel to Cuba: Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Matanzas Limited to 20 travelers. SAR invites you to join us on a very unique journey to Cuba with our own, SAR Director of Scholar Programs, Dr. Paul Ryer, a specialist in contemporary Cuban society who has lived in Cuba and studied its history and culture at the University of Havana. His personal knowledge and expertise in daily life in post-Soviet Cuba promises to provide an in depth exposure to a country of vast historical, cultural and political importance as we visit Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, and Matanzas. To register for this trip, click here.
Brian Smithson Colloquium
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Piety in Production: Video Film, Religious Improvisation, and Cosmopolitan Ethics in Bénin Brian Smithson, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, and Weatherhead/Charlotte Newcombe Resident Scholar, SAR Drawing upon two years of fieldwork in Southeastern Benin as a researcher, apprentice filmmaker, and amateur actor, Mr. Smithson argues that movie production allows followers of Yorùbá divinities to celebrate indigenous religion and thus speak back from the margins of the two wealthier film industries that surround them: Nigeria’s Nollywood, and the Beninese state’s publicly funded cinema. These productions bring Christians and Muslims together with Yorùbá movie crews creating a forum to negotiate norms of religious interaction, and to assert cultural importance on a global stage. Please register in advance here.
Artist Talk
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:30–7:00 pm, RSVP by Monday November 13 to 505.954.7205 or iarc@sarsf.org Warren Montoya—Artist Talk, Reception, Open Studio Warren Montoya is a painter and sculptor from Tamaya (Santa Ana Pueblo) and Kha’Po Owingeh (Santa Clara Pueblo.) During his time at SAR, Montoya has been working on an installation made up of four large paintings and two sculptures.
January 2018
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman Lecture
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members How Anonymous Dodged the Cyberterrorism Frame: Masking, Timing, and the Guy Fawkes Icon Gabriella (Biella) Coleman Biella Coleman will explore five reasons—stretching from the accidental adoption of the Guy Fawkes mask to the timing and nature of its many global interventions—to explain why Anonymous was able to narrowly evade this designation.
Gabriella (Biella) Coleman Special Event
Friday, January 26, 2018, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Free. Priority will be given to SAR members at the Chaco level and higher. Limited to 25 people. SAR Salon – How Anonymous Dodged the Cyberterrorism Frame: Masking, Timing, and the Guy Fawkes Icon, Gabriella (Biella) Coleman The Friday following the lecture, SAR will sponsor an informal salon discussion with Gabriella (Biella) Coleman. This informal conversation will give a small number of participants an opportunity to engage directly with experts on topics of broad public interest.
March 2018
Natasha Dow Schüll Lecture
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members Data for Life: Wearable Technology and the Design of Self-Care Natasha Dow Schüll Natasha Dow Schüll will explore the vision of technologically assisted self-regulation that drives the design of wearable tracking devices. She will discuss how such products exemplify and short-circuit cultural ideals for individual responsibility and self-regulation.
Natasha Dow Schüll Special Event
Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:00–12:00 pm, Free. Priority will be given to SAR members at the Chaco level and higher. Limited to 25 people. SAR Salon – Data for Life: Wearable Technology and the Design of Self-Care, Natasha Dow Schüll The Friday following the lecture, SAR will sponsor an informal salon discussion with Natasha Dow Schüll. This informal conversation will give a small number of participants an opportunity to engage directly with experts on topics of broad public interest.
June 2018
Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture
Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm, Special Pricing; to be announced. The Fate of the Earth Elizabeth Kolbert Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Holt, 2014), in which she presents evidence for her belief that humans may be bringing about a sixth mass extinction. She asks: Can we arrest this process? What does the future look like on a biologically impoverished planet?

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