President’s Council

SAR Campus, Spring 2012SAR Campus, Spring 2012Photograph by Jason S. OrdazSAR Campus, Spring 2012Photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

The President’s Council is a donor recognition circle that was founded to support the mission of SAR—providing “a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression.” It recognizes individuals (or couples) who contribute an annual gift of $2,500 or more.

President’s Council members are invited to private luncheons, dinners, receptions, and other special events. Recognition as a council member also provides the rare and enriching experience of meeting and interacting with resident scholars, artists, and researchers from around the country and the globe. Of particular interest is the uniquely crafted travel program to local, national, and international destinations designed exclusively for participation by SAR board and council members and led by hand-picked scholars and guides who are expert and engaging in their respective fields.

Current Members

Kenneth E. Stilwell (Chair)
Barbara & Ron Balser
Victoria & Roy Bridges
Dick Buffler
Ronald & Susan Dubin
Kay Harvey
Trudy & Dennis O’Toole
Lauren Prescott
Doug & Christine Preston
Jim & Barbara Robins
Douglas & Nita Schwartz
Bert & Colleen Spencer
Betty Vortman
Kenneth E. StilwellKenneth E. StilwellPhoto by Will WilsonKenneth E. StilwellPhoto by Will Wilson

Kenneth E. Stilwell, Chair, President’s Council

Born into a third generation Durango, CO, banking family, Ken graduated from the University of Colorado with a triple major of English, communications, and Spanish. After eighteen years working in military defense subcontracting, specializing in business systems trend analysis with information technology applications, he retired in 1996. After retirement Ken devoted his life to civil rights with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in New England, Lambda Legal Defense in New York, Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC, and most recently with the 5,000 member ACLU of Georgia, serving as board treasurer and president from 1998-2011. With his move to Santa Fe in 2011, he re-established his Southwestern roots and looks forward to using his for-profit and non-profit skills to benefit SAR.

For more information about the President’s Council, please contact Jean Schaumberg by calling
(505) 954-7245 or by email at schaumberg[at]sarsf.org.

President’s Council members will receive notification of each event as the date approaches.

Upcoming President’s Council Events
SAR and the Santa Fe Opera, 2011SAR and the Santa Fe OperaWednesday, July 2, 2014, $200 per personWhat makes Bizet’s Carmen the world’s most famous opera? The answer is simple. It sizzles! Rory Macdonald conducts the archetypal love story tailored specifically for the Santa Fe Opera—an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. In perhaps a first for the Santa Fe Opera, most of the cast for this new production is also new to the SFO and come from all over the world, as do members of the creative team. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (Argentina) sings the title role. Tenor Roberto De Biasio (Sicily) sings the role of Don José. The role of the swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas (Lithuania). Conductor Rory Macdonald (Scotland) and director Stephen Lawless (England) add to the international mix.
Locust Tree in Bloom, Spring 2012President’s Council Annual MeetingFriday, July 25, 2014, 12:00 pm–2:00 pmAt the SAR Seminar House, more details to come.


Past President’s Council Events
Witter Bynner EstateWitter Bynner Estate TourMonday, March 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.Located at the corner of East Buena Vista and Old Santa Fe Trail, this historic jewel was the home of poet and essayist Witter Bynner. He moved to Santa Fe in 1922, where he and his partner, Robert Hunt, entertained such well-known artists and literary figures as Thornton Wilder, D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Igor Stravinsky, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and many more. The original “bones” of the house date to the 1830s. Currently run as the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, your tour of this significant property will be led by owners Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. Lunch after at Amaya at the Hotel Santa Fe.
Kiva Fireplace in the Hewett ResidenceAnnual Fireside Chat with SAR PresidentThursday, December 5th, 2013, 3:00–5:00 pm • Schwartz Seminar House on the SAR CampusSAR stewardship of your generous contributions is important. Join Interim President David Stuart and Board Chair Glen Davidson and learn more about the amazing institutional progress at the School. High tea and other delicious treats will be served. Bring a Guest!

If you are interested, RSVP by Friday, November 29th to Jean Schaumberg at schaumberg@sarsf.org or by phone at (505) 954-7245.
Cottonwoods on the SAR CampusMeet and Greet the 2013–2014 ScholarsLate September/Early October, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm • SAR Boardroom/Cottonwood PatioThis special reception is a great opportunity to hear about the cutting-edge projects that the incoming resident fellows will work on during their stay at SAR.
IAIA LogoTour the IAIA Campus (Canceled)Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 10:30 amJoin members of the SAR President’s Council for an exclusive tour of the state-of-the-art campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). We will meet at 10:30 am on the IAIA campus. Our visit includes a welcome from IAIA president Robert Martin; tour of the world-class museum collection, classrooms and studio space, and teaching and science labs; demonstration of the fabulous multimedia Digital Dome; and lunch at the famed Café Bon Appétit on the IAIA campus (courtesy of SAR) with several faculty members and students.
SAR and the Santa Fe Opera, 2011SAR and the Santa Fe OperaWednesday, August 21, 2013, $200 per personThe Grand Duchess of Gerolstein—In the 1970s, Santa Fe Opera audiences loved this grande opéra bouffe, which was presented no less than four times in a decade. Opera general director Charles MacKay decided it was time to bring it back. A young woman raised by tutors, the Grand Duchess is a tyrant and the opera revolves around the complications of her love life. Opera enthusiasts can’t wait to see the ebullient mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in the title role of this Jacques Offenbach gem. Far from being “a lady of a certain age,” this Grand Duchess is a sexy, spoiled aristocrat with an eye for Fritz, a cadet at the local military academy, sung by the dynamic American tenor Paul Appleby. Soprano Anya Matanovič completes the love triangle as Wanda, the object of Fritz’s affection. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.
The Early History of ChocolateNew World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y MásMonday, August 12, 2013, 9:00 am, Museum of International Folk ArtBreakfast under the portal at the Museum Café on Museum Hill is followed by a behind-the-scenes exhibit tour with curator Nicolasa Chávez. Five years in the making, this exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art examines the Columbian Exchange, one of the biggest revolutions in food history.
Locust Tree in Bloom, Spring 2012President’s Council Annual MeetingTuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:00 pm–2:00 pmThe Seminar House, on the historic SAR campus, is the setting for the 2013 annual meeting. Lunch under the ramada will be followed by the annual meeting. Business includes a vote on allocating President’s Council funds toward SAR programs in fiscal year 2014.
SunflowerMeet and Greet the 2013 Summer Fellows (Canceled)Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm • SAR Boardroom/Cottonwood PatioJoin us for a reception to welcome the 2013 summer fellows to SAR.
Mole Verde IngredientsFebruary, March, and April 2013—Dinner and ConversationWe kick off 2013 with a series of intimate dinners at the homes of several members of the SAR community. This is an opportunity for President’s Council members to meet SAR’s scholars over a delicious meal and stimulating conversation. Email invitations will be sent several weeks prior to each event.
Library of Celsus, Ephesus, TurkeyAncient Borderlands of Western TurkeyThursday, March 21–Saturday, March 30, 2013Join SAR on an exclusive adventure into some of the most fascinating and significant regions of the ancient world—Ionia, Lydia, and Caria—now within the modern nation of Turkey. Guided by historian Dr. John Lee, we will explore the history, archaeology, art, and culture of this beautiful area, all while traveling in five-star comfort.
Kiva Fireplace in the Hewett ResidenceAnnual Fireside Chat with SAR PresidentTuesday, December 4th, 2012, 3:00–5:00 pm • Schwartz Seminar House on the SAR CampusFind out what’s new at the School from SAR president James F. Brooks, from the recent land acquisition to plans for campus construction, from new SAR Press publications to the upcoming field trip to Turkey.

Engage in a lively discussion with special guest scholar Dr. Fibian Kavulani Lukalo, Campbell Fellow and senior lecturer at Moi University in western Kenya. While at SAR Dr. Lukalo is working on a project that focuses on the relationship between mothering practices and schooling access for girls in poor rural communities in Kenya. Learn more about her passion for improving the lives of girls, who “hold up half the sky.”

If you are interested, RSVP by Friday, November 30th to Jean Schaumberg at schaumberg@sarsf.org or by phone at (505) 954-7245.
IAIA LogoTour the IAIA Campus (Canceled)October 16, 2012, 10:30 amJoin members of the SAR President’s Council for an exclusive tour of the state-of-the-art campus of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on Tuesday, October 16th. We will meet at 10:30 am on the IAIA campus. Our visit includes a welcome from IAIA President Robert Martin; tour of the world-class museum collection, classrooms and studio space, and teaching and science labs; demonstration of the fabulous multimedia Digital Dome; and lunch at the famed Café Bon Appétit on the IAIA campus (courtesy of SAR) with several faculty members and students—it will be a treat to meet and talk with them.

Cynthia Chavez Lamar, director of the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR, was appointed to the Governing Board by President Barack Obama. We are delighted that Cynthia will accompany us on the tour.

IAIA is one of only three federally chartered institutions of higher education in the country. Its faculty and alumni include some of the most celebrated Native American artists. SAR has strong ties to IAIA since a number of our resident artists are IAIA alumni.

If you are interested, RSVP by Friday, October 12th to Jean Schaumberg at schaumberg@sarsf.org or by phone at (505) 954-7245.
Scholar Offices, Fall 2008Meet and Greet the 2012–2013 ScholarsTuesday, October 2, 5:00 pm, 2012, President’s GardenA special reception to meet the 2012–2013 resident fellows and hear what each will be working on during their stay at SAR. Please RSVP to Jessica Calzada at calzada@sarsf.org or by phone at (505) 954-7211.
SAR and the Santa Fe Opera, 2011SAR and the Santa Fe OperaWednesday, August 22, 2012, $200 per personBefore there was Carmen, there was The Pearl Fishers—the score that established the 24-year-old Georges Bizet as a genius. Written in an era when Western Europe was captivated by the exoticism of the East, rising industrialization made the image of the “noble savage” seem like a lost ideal. The opera folds these imported fascinations into a love story of familiar domestic elements, a ravishingly beautiful tenor-baritone duet, and the tango, plot twists and all.
Discover the Living Spirit of Native Art, Home Fires EventOur Second Century—Walking into the FutureAugust 10, 2012, 6:00–8:00 pm, $150 per personThis event kicks off the weekend of summer board meeting activities. Join the SAR Board of Managers at the annual Friday evening reception. A tour of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), with a special focus on the moccasin collection – “Walking Into the Future” – highlights the evening. Mingle and chat with board members, scholars, staff, and guests. The cost for this evening is $150 per person and will go to support SAR programs. Other unique events for the weekend are planned. Watch for your formal invitation with additional details.
La Cieneguilla PetroglyphsIt’s About Time: 14,000 Years of Art in New MexicoWednesday, August 1, 2012, 9:00 am • New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace AvenueWe will meet in the cool of the morning for a continental breakfast in one of the most beautiful courtyards in Santa Fe. As we sip and nibble by the fountain, museum director Mary Kershaw will welcome us and give us a brief insight into her vision for the museum’s future. Curator Joe Traugott will then lead us through this beautiful, educational, and sometimes controversial exhibit. You are encouraged to add your opinion to the ongoing conversation—“Are Clovis Points Really Art?”
James F. BrooksPresident’s Council Annual MeetingJuly 10, 2012, 12:00–2:00 pmThe historic SAR campus is the setting for the 2012 annual meeting. Picnic lunch will be served at the Seminar House patio, followed by the annual meeting. The order of business includes a vote on allocating membership dues toward SAR programs in Fiscal Year 2013.
Fire in the SkyMeet and Greet the 2012 Summer FellowsMonday, June 25, 5:30–7 pm, SAR Boardroom/Cottonwood PatioPlease join us as we welcome the 2012 summer fellows to SAR.

Highly competitive fellowships are awarded each summer to several scholars and artists to pursue research, writing, and creative works that promote an understanding of human behavior, culture, and society.

This summer, we welcome a Tiwa/Piro Pueblo weaver working with hand-spun Churro wool yarns, a linguistic anthropologist looking at ritual practice in the Amazon, a bioarchaeologist investigating the Black Death in Europe, and a young scholar exploring the history of African American teachers on American Indian reservations—among many other innovative and exceptional scholars.

Come learn about the summer fellows’ work while enjoying a pleasant summer evening on the School’s beautiful campus.
Wild Horses, 1949They Wove For Horses: Diné Saddle BlanketsFriday, June 15, 11:00 am, *Free, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) on Musuem Hill, Lunch (Dutch treat) at Museum Hill Café, RSVP to Jessica Calzada by June 14 (calzada@sarsf.org or 954-7211)A behind the scenes exhibit tour with curator Joyce Begay Foss. This exhibit highlights both the textile-making proficiency of Diné weavers who produced complex saddle blankets for all occasions and the design skills of Diné silversmiths who created dazzling headstalls of silver and turquoise.
John GarciaCoffee & Preview of “Our Second Century—Walking into the Future”Wednesday, June 13, 9:00 am • 203 Arroyo Piedra, Santa Fe, NM (home of SAR board member Ann Morton)John Kantner, SAR vice president, and Cynthia Chavez Lamar, director of the Indian Arts Research Center, explain the archaeology, anthropology, and Native American arts involved with the August 10th showcase event.
2011–2012 Resident ScholarsDinner and Conversation2012Our year starts with a series of intimate dinners at the homes of several members of the SAR community. This is an opportunity for President’s Council members to meet SAR’s scholars over a delicious meal and stimulating conversation. E-mail invitations will be sent several weeks prior to each event.
Téa ObrehtWriters Reading/Reading Writers: Téa ObrehtTuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:00–7:30 pm, NMHM AuditoriumAuthor of the National Book Award Finalist and Orange Prize-winning The Tiger’s Wife, Obreht will read from her novel and place it in conversation with the many stories from her native Serbia that weave through its pages. Obreht’s reading will be accompanied by the Santa Fe trio Rumelia, offering folk songs from the Balkans.