Lectures & Recordings

The following consists of recordings of lectures and other events occurring at the School for Advanced Research. Many of the recordings are accompanied by speaker biographies, abstracts, reading lists, and other educational materials. Our goal is to be able to increase access to the wonderful resources available at this institution. Feel free to use these recordings and links for your own education as well as teaching tools for students.

Picuris Mural Lecture
Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers God is Red, Still! Severin Fowles Anthropologist Severin Fowles draws upon the rich history of the Pueblo people of the American Southwest in an illustrated talk on author Vine Deloria’s classic analysis of Native American place-based theologies.
Iva Honyestewa Artist Talk
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Iva Honyestewa: Artist Talk, Reception, Open Studio 2014 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Join the School for Advanced Research on May 22 to hear about Iva Honyestewa's experience as the 2014 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow.
Lara Evans Speaker Series
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Content and Analysis in Native Art: Moving Past Form and Function Lara Evans, Cherokee Nation, art historian, art history faculty, Institute of American Indian Arts
Kade Twist, Cherokee Nation, mixed media artist
Frank Buffalo Hyde, Nez Perce/Onondaga, painter
Carolyn Kastner, Curator, O’Keeffe Museum (moderator)
Many contemporary Native artists have expressed concern that their work is often examined in terms of materials, process, and function, while a more in-depth content analysis is overlooked. This panel discussion will take up this issue and address its history.
Don Quixote Sparks
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Chasing History: Quixotic Quests for Artifacts, Art, and Heritage Thomas E. Chávez Using the literary model of Don Quixote, historian Thomas E. Chávez will reflect on his career and work for two of New Mexico’s premier cultural institutions—the Palace of the Governors and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Ruins of Cahuachi, the ceremonial center in Nasca Lecture
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers A Tale of Two Pilgrimage Centers: Chaco and Nasca John Kantner Archaeologist John Kantner compares the evolution of Chaco and Nasca as a way to understand how and why influential ceremonial centers emerged in the ancient human past.
Christi Belcourt Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Sharing the Creative Spirit: Indigenous Community Art Projects Christi Belcourt and Sherry Farrell Racette, Métis, “Walking With Our Sisters”
Dylan Miner, Métis, “Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag” (Native Kids Ride Bikes)
Douglas Miles, San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham, Apache Skateboards
Andrea R. Hanley, Navajo, Membership and Program Manager, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (moderator)
The importance of working with local and Native communities is becoming an increasingly common theme with contemporary artists. This panel discussion will examine three such community-based projects and their impact on both a local and national scale.
Roy Kady Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 pm, Free Artists, Natural Resources, and the Environment Rose Simpson, Santa Clara Pueblo, sculptor
Kathy Wallace, Karuk/Yurok/Hupa Valley, basket maker
Roy Kady, Navajo, weaver
Cynthia Chavez Lamar, IARC Director, School for Advanced Research (moderator)
Today artists working in many media can face challenges in creating their work due to depleted natural resources and environmental factors. The panelists will discuss their personal experiences and share their opinions regarding these challenges and how it can potentially impact their art.
Chimayó Sparks
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Chasing Dichos Through Chimayó Don Usner The Hispanic village folk sayings called dichos, which peppered almost all conversation, are rarely heard anymore, but Usner and his mother have gathered a collection of nearly three hundred from Chimayó.
Brigantine or Launch Special Event
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6:00–7:00 pm, Free Whatever Happened to Cabeza de Vaca? Baker H. Morrow One of the most beloved explorers of the Southwest, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, wandered through southern New Mexico in the late 1520s and early 1530s, becoming the first European to walk across North America. His memoir of the trek, the Chronicles of the Narvaez Expedition, is also the first major narrative detailing the exploration of North America by Spanish conquistadors. But what became of him once his epic ten-year journey was finished? Baker Morrow presents a lively and illustrated talk on the life of Spanish explorer, Cabeza de Vaca.
Copper carving depicting a Sámi shaman with his magic drum. Lecture
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Wayward Shamans: The Prehistory of an Idea Silvia Tomášková Anthropologist Silvia Tomášková examines the popular idea that humanity’s earliest expressions of art, religion, and creativity formed around the figure of a proto-priest known as a shaman.
Joan Naviyuk Kane Artist Talk
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Joan Kane in Conversation with Malena Mörling 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Joan Naviyuk Kane will give a reading of her work. Following a conversation with noted writer Malena Mörling, Kane will read excerpts from her recent writing. Kane, who is Inupiaq, is the author of Hyperboreal and The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. She has a novel and a third poetry collection underway during her tenure at SAR.
Mabel Dodge Luhan Sparks
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Sex, Syphilis, and Pyschoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture: The Suppressed Memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan Lois Rudnick Lois Rudnick will use the stories that Luhan and her son and heir felt could not be told until long after her death to illustrate the complex ways in which venereal disease impacted the formation of women's sexual identities, the first women's movement of the twentieth century, modern art and literature, and the formation of psychoanalysis.
Will Wilson Artist Talk
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Will Wilson: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2013 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow Will Wilson (Navajo) is widely recognized for his unusual approach to the world of photography. Please join us to hear about his experience as the 2013 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow.
Butterfly Dancers Sparks
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Franciscan Influence among the Pueblo Peoples of the Southwest Antonio Trujillo In his talk, Antonio Trujillo will explore Franciscan spirituality and how it parallels the traditions of the Pueblo peoples.
Restored ancient chortens in the modern village of Manang Lecture
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers An Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism Mark Aldenderfer For the archaeologist, the material expression of Buddhism on the Tibetan Plateau offers insights into the transformation and evolution of Buddhist thought.
Pueblo del Arroyo Special Event
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free Decline and Dissolution of the Chacoan World Lecture by David Stuart, SAR Interim President and Senior Scholar 1125 to 1325 CE saw the shattering of the growth-oriented Chaco phenomenon, a huge cultural cataclysm for prehistoric Southwestern farmers. Chacoan society was replaced by far smaller and more efficient successor societies.
Doorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon Special Event
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free Energy Consumption and the Rise of Chacoan Society Lecture by David Stuart, SAR Interim President and Senior Scholar In this first public lecture on the complete findings of the multiyear “Finding the Calories” project, Stuart reports on the basic elements of nine centuries of change in patterns of energy use and acquisition required for Ancestral Puebloans to become Chacoans.
Adrienne Keene Speaker Series
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Admiration/Appropriation: Native Art Globalized Adrienne Keene, EdD candidate, Harvard University; blogger, Native Appropriations Fascination with Native cultures and aesthetics has become increasingly globalized over the last century. Most recently, appropriations of Navajo designs have prompted the tribal government to issue cease and desist letters to an American fashion-forward retailer. When does admiration cross the line into appropriation?
Sapawe Whistles Sparks
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Instruments of Power: Musical Performance in Rituals of the Ancestral Puebloans of the American Southwest Emily Brown Using a multidisciplinary approach that includes musicology, archaeology, iconography, history, and ethnography to examine musical instruments from the Southwest, much has been learned about music, musicians, and the social and physical contexts of music prior to European contact.
Kelly McHugh Speaker Series
Thursday, May 9, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free The Museums’ Dilemma: Culturally Appropriate Conservation Kelly McHugh, Objects Conservator, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution Many indigenous communities have differing ideas about the concepts of preservation and conservation, which often contradict typical museum practices. How does one balance museological best practices with cultural worldviews?
Jim Enote Speaker Series
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Consultations: Providing Interpretation and Guidance for Collections Jim Enote, Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center
Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Director, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
Gary Roybal, Native American Liaison, Bandelier National Monument
Cynthia Chavez Lamar (Moderator), IARC Director, School for Advanced Research
Native community representatives often work with museums to improve collections records and bring information back to the tribe. How do tribal representatives determine what information can be shared with the public and at what level? Where is the line between what should be kept internal versus made public—even in limited amounts—for the sake of preservation?
Wodaabe Woman, c. 1997 Lecture
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Case of the Recurring Wodaabe Corinne Kratz The Wodaabe people were little known outside their home region of the Sahel until the 1950s. Filmmakers ranging from Robert Gardner, Werner Herzog, and National Geographic turned their lenses on Wodaabe life, highlighting their elaborate attire and rich ceremonies, particularly the visually spectacular geerewol ceremony.
Peter Chestnut Speaker Series
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Tribal Archives: Ethics and the Right to Access Peter Chestnut, Attorney, Chestnut Law Offices, P.A., Albuquerque Attorney Peter Chestnut talks about various issues and concerns that have impacted tribal archives and how these institutions and communities have solved or negotiated through these issues.
Plaza Rats Sparks
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free The Plazas of New Mexico Chris Wilson & Miguel Gandert Cultural historian Chris Wilson and renowned photographer Miguel Gandert will present their newest book Center Place: The Plazas of New Mexico.
Hand Pictograph, Galisteo Basin Symposium
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:30–5:00 pm The Galisteo Basin: Archaeology and History of a New Mexico Landscape In Memory of Dr. Linda Cordell The Museum of New Mexico’s Friends of Archaeology and the School for Advanced Research will co-sponsor a public symposium on the archaeology and history of the Galisteo Basin. The half-day event will feature talks by eight distinguished scholars who have researched this culturally rich valley.
Jessica Metcalfe, SWAIA Indian Market, 2012 Lecture
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
(No advanced reservations. Ticket sales begin at 5:30 pm and are available only at the door.)
Native American Fashion from the 1940s to the Present, and into the Future Jessica Metcalfe Since the 1940s, Native American fashion designers have used clothing as a way to continue age-old clothing practices, deconstruct stereotypes, and subvert the mainstream fashion industry. The artists seek to reclaim the label “Native American” in the fashion world and create new opportunities for Native artists.
T. J. Ferguson Speaker Series
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free Archaeology in the Southwest: To Collect or Not? T.J. Ferguson, Archaeologist and Professor, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Don Whyte, Chief Ranger, Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Elysia Poon (Moderator), IARC program coordinator, School for Advanced Research
Did you know it is illegal to collect pottery sherds and stone tools from public lands? Noted Southwest archaeologist T.J. Ferguson and Chaco Culture National Historical Park Chief Ranger Don Whyte discuss how to navigate the legalities surrounding archaeology in the Southwest and whether or not there is a way to be a responsible collector.
Phillips Chapel Sparks
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Farther Along, Recalling Memories: A History of Phillips Chapel and the Las Cruces African American Community Clarence Fielder Erected in 1911, the Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has played an important role in the history of the African American population in Las Cruces, NM.
James F. Brooks Lecture
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Cycles of Evangelism in the Southwest Borderlands James F. Brooks Four “big ideas” swept across the Southwest borderlands of North America in the thousand years that span the emergence of social complexity in the Ancestral Puebloan world and the consolidation of the Spanish colony of New Mexico.
Casandra Lopez Artist Talk
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Casandra Lopez in Conversation with Evelina Zuni Lucero 2013 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence SAR Writer-in-Residence Casandra Lopez is of Cahuilla, Luiseno, Tongva, and Chicana descent. Hosted by noted writer Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta/San Juan Pueblo), this event will include a conversation between Lucero and Lopez followed by a reading of Lopez’s work.
Santa Fe River Sparks
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Acequias, Trails, Land Grants, and Early Twentieth-Century Urban Expansion: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Southeast Santa Fe Stephen Post Stephen Post has spent more than twenty years researching the archaeological history of the Northern Rio Grande valley with emphasis on the Santa Fe area.
From the Myth of Kings to the Math of Kings: Art, Science, and the Ancient Maya Lecture
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers From the Myth of Kings to the Math of Kings: Art, Science, and the Ancient Maya William Saturno Dr. William Saturno explores the most recent finds and paints a picture of Maya society driven by royal figures who exploited art and science to establish and maintain their place as symbol and center of Maya urban life.
Rebuilding New Orleans with Music Lecture
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Rebuilding New Orleans with Music Nick Spitzer Dr. Nick Spitzer relates why New Orleans culture is largely viewed as the primary agent of the city’s new sense of hope and relatively strong economy.
Figures, c. 1795 Lecture
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Humans—Are We the Exception? Jonathan Marks Dr. Jonathan Marks defends the surprisingly unpopular position that humans are different from other kinds of species and cannot readily be understood without taking humankind’s unique characteristics into consideration.
Rose Díaz Speaker Series
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 2:00–5:00 pm, Free Documenting Collections and Artists: Using Oral History Methods in the Preservation of Artist Legacies Rose T. Díaz Are you trying to create an oral history for works in your art collection or trying to document the works of a particular artist? This workshop will provide a process for documenting artist legacies using oral history methods.
Nancy Marie Mithlo Speaker Series
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 2:00–5:00 pm, Free Documenting Collections and Artists: Making the Artwork Come Alive Jared Chavez, Keevin Lewis, and Nancy Marie Mithlo Explore projects that have been undertaken to document and preserve the lives of artists and their work.
David Rettig and Bruce Bernstein during the “Case Studies” event Speaker Series
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:00–5:00 pm, Free Case Studies: Problems and Solutions in Artist Estates Margarete Bagshaw, Bruce Bernstein, Kate Fitz Gibbon, and David Rettig In this panel discussion, representatives of artist estates, such as those of Allan Houser, Pablita Velarde, Helen Hardin, and Harry Fonseca, will discuss the various challenges and benefits involved with managing these estates.
Téa Obreht Artist Talk
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Téa Obreht Performance by musical trio Rumelia starting at 5:00 pm The literary arts program at the School for Advanced Research, supported by the Lannan Foundation, is honored to host the spectacularly gifted young writer Téa Obreht in our “Writers Reading/Reading Writers” series.
SAR’s Facebook Speaker Series
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 3:00–5:00 pm, Free It Takes a Village to Support an Artist: Funding Projects Using Social Media and the Internet Katharine DeShaw This lecture explores the recent trend of micro-philanthropy to support artists and their projects. Katharine DeShaw, United States Artists executive director, speaks about USA Projects.
Base Bowl and Ollas Speaker Series
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 3:00–5:00 pm, Free Artist Fellowships and Residencies: Who, What, When, Where, Why? Jennifer Complo McNutt, Elysia Poon, Reuben Tomás Roqueñi, and John Torres-Nez This panel discussion focuses on artist fellowships and residencies, why they are important, what opportunities are available, and what is expected when applying. Representatives from the Indian Arts Research Center, Eiteljorg Museum, Southwest Association for Indian Arts, and Native Arts & Cultures Foundation participate.
Piltdown Committee Lecture
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members The Fossil Chronicles: Revolutions in Paleoanthropology Dean Falk Dr. Dean Falk compares two momentous discoveries to illustrate the twists, turns, competition, and passions that have always characterized research on human origins.
Arrowheads made of antler tines from an Early Copper Age settlement Lecture
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members Revolutions: The Age of Metal and the Evolution of European Civilization William Parkinson The evolution of agricultural villages in Europe, from their beginning in the Neolithic through their fluorescence during the Bronze Age, is the subject of this illustrated lecture.
Revolutionary mural in downtown Cairo, March 2011 Lecture
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for non-members Creativity and Revolution: Egypt at a Crossroads Jessica Winegar Dr. Winegar presents a look at the creative expressions of a revolution that shook the world.
Edmundo Cruz Luna Colloquium
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm Complexities of Negotiating Cultural and Linguistic Identities Online—in Balinese Edmundo Cruz Luna, Instructor, Department of English Education, Mokpo National University, South Korea, and Smeall Summer Scholar This presentation addresses how native Balinese speakers develop and present their cultural and linguistic identities in online forums.
Artist Linda Aguilar Artist Talk
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm Linda Aguilar: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow There is a stigma that basketmakers face: “Traditional” or “Non-Traditional.” Linda’s response: “I am both.” She works mostly with horsehair and waxed thread, non-traditional materials, but approaches the weaving in a very traditional manner.
Santee Frazier Artist Talk
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm Santee Frazier: Presentation and Discussion 2011 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence
Jessica Rheann Metcalfe Colloquium
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm Native Designers of High Fashion: Expressing Identity, Creativity, and Tradition in Contemporary Clothing Design Jessica R. Metcalfe, Postdoctoral Diversity Fellow, Office for Equity and Inclusion, Department of Anthropology and Native Studies, University of New Mexico
Sierra Leone Lecture
Thursday, November 4, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm Africa’s Diamond Mines and the Contradictions of Visual Anthropology Daniel Hoffman (University of Washington) For Dr. Daniel Hoffman, the anthropologist with a camera, the diamond mines of West Africa present definite contradictions.
Jamila Bargach Colloquium
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 12:00–1:00 pm Harvesting Fog: Introducing a Multi-faceted Problem Jamila Bargach, Academic Director, Foundation SiHmad Derhem for the Development of the South and the Sahara, and Campbell Resident Scholar
Detail of The Mapa de Cuahtinchan No. 2 Lecture
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm Cave, City, and Eagles Nest: Rediscovered Mexican Codex Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University) Dr. Davíd Carrasco, historian of religions, presents an illustrated lecture on a recently recovered early 16th-century Mexican Codex.
Capuchin Monkey Lecture
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members The Evolution of Monetary Irrationality Laurie Santos (Yale University) Monkeys make “human” economic errors, and some human financial errors are evolutionarily ancient.
Meditating Monk Lecture
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members Buddhist Economics: An Oxymoron? Donald Swearer (Harvard University) …Buddhism is as concerned with worldly pursuits and aspirations as with otherworldly mysticism.
“Buccaneer of the Caribbean” Lecture
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members X Marks the Spot…Or Does It? Fact and Fiction in the Study of Piracy Russell Skowronek (University of Texas–Pan American) … popular, romanticized ideas of pirates and piracy are compared to evidence uncovered by archaeologists.
SAR Logo Lecture
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free for SAR members What’s Cooking?: The Meat and Potatoes of Human Evolution Jeanne Sept Jeanne Sept’s lecture explores the relative importance of plant and animal foods in the diets of our early ancestors.
SAR Logo Lecture
Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free for SAR members To Hunt and Be Hunted: Deer in the Ancient and Modern Americas Mary Weismantel Wherever humans have encountered deer, they have hunted them. The relationship between people and deer seems straightforward enough. But in fact, the relationship is rarely simple. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the indigenous traditions of the Americas, where Native peoples have often portrayed deer as killers of men.
SAR Logo Lecture
Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free for SAR members Plenty and Poverty: Food Security in the New Millennium Miriam Chaiken
SAR Logo Lecture
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 7:00–8:00 pm, Free for SAR members Uncorking the Past: Our Love Affair with Fermented Beverages Patrick McGovern The history of human kind and civilization is, in many ways, the history of the fermented beverage. Archaeologist Patrick McGovern takes us on a fascinating odyssey back to the earliest experiments with fermentation, which created mind-altering substances, medicines, religious symbols, and social lubricants all rolled into one.