Meetings are held at noon in the Boardroom of the SAR Administration Building at 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico unless otherwise specified.

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September 2017
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo Colloquium
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Reconceptualizing Immigration as a Home-making Process: The Latinos in South Los Angeles Research Projects Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Southern California, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR In this lecture, Dr. Hondagneu-Sotelo presents empirical findings from a study of Latinos in South Los Angeles to help build a new framework of immigration as a home-making process. The presentation focuses attention on the significance of race, anti-Black racism, and generational differences among Latina/o immigrants in the immigrant-homemaking process, and suggests several concepts that highlight the significance of place and race in setting down roots in a historically African American mega-neighborhood. Please register in advance here.
October 2017
Thomas Michael Swensen Colloquium
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free The Great Land: The Environment and Belonging in Native Alaska Thomas Swensen, Assistant Professor, Division of Ethnic Studies, University of Utah, and Lamon Resident Scholar, SAR In this project the term “The Great Land” ties indigenous experience to the environment by focusing on compulsory Native belonging to Russia and later the United States amid ecological tragedies and land rights efforts that were paramount in shaping Alaska as a state in the union. From a Russian colony to a U.S. territory, Alaska saw the continued tension between harvesting natural resources and a Native labor force that fought for citizenship as well as for the recognition of their sovereignty. Please register in advance here.
Deanna Dartt Colloquium
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Mapping the Camino Indigenous: Reclaiming the Road on Our Terms Deana Dartt, Lecturer, Department of Museum Studies, University of Oregon, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar, SAR The California Missions Foundation, a group of historians and Mission supporters seek UNESCO World Heritage designation for the “Royal Road,” which connected the Baja and Alta California Missions. Supplanting the emphasis on Spain, Tribal leaders along the greater California coast are currently exploring possible interventions to either counter the UNESCO designation or co-opt it. This lecture explores some of these efforts. Please register in advance here.
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.
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.
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.

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