President’s Message

Michael F. BrownMichael F. BrownSAR PresidentMichael F. BrownSAR PresidentThe hummingbirds are beginning to abandon the SAR president’s garden for warmer climes. I’ll miss the buzz of their energetic sorties to the flowers of SAR’s trumpet vine, part of summer’s auditory backdrop. Thoughts turn to firewood and sweaters and, for some of us, fall fly-fishing, one of New Mexico’s special treats.

Fall is when SAR moves into high gear. A new group of resident scholars arrive on campus; membership lectures and other events begin to populate the calendar; and field trips are being planned for local members.

We begin our 2015-2016 Membership Lecture Series on September 10 with “Hunter-Gatherer Morals,” a lecture by USC professor Chris Boehm (see Events section below). A downloadable Membership Lecture series calendar is available for your convenience here.

I’m especially excited about our upcoming Fall Presidential Lecture at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on October 20 at 6:30 p.m. It is a benefit for SAR by noteworthy SAR member Douglas Preston entitled, “Has the City of the Monkey God been revealed? Highlights from a Honduran rainforest expedition.” Doug, who was picked by the National Geographic Society as the expedition writer, accompanied a team of scientists to the site in February 2015. This lecture coincides with the release of his article in the October issue of the National Geographic.

Doug will tell stories, show slides and video clips, and talk about a grueling expedition to one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the twenty-first century, a city in the Honduran jungle long thought to exist but never before ground-proofed by scientists. A special reception will follow the lecture at La Fonda Hotel for attendees to meet and greet Doug.

Tickets for the lecture and reception will go on sale September 15th through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic.

We will continue to offer scholarly colloquia on a nearly weekly basis. We hope that you'll make plans to join us for these and other upcoming events, which are part of the contribution that SAR makes to the cultural life of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

We look forward to seeing you.


Michael F. Brown

About Michael F. Brown

Raised in upstate New York, Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Brown received his AB degree from Princeton and a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. His research has covered a broad range of topics, including the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, new religious movements, and the global challenge of protecting indigenous cultural property from misuse. He has been awarded research fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Institute for Advanced Study. At SAR, he has been a resident scholar and a participant in two advanced seminars.

In addition to scholarly articles, Brown is the author of six books, including The Channeling Zone: American Spirituality in an Anxious Age (1997), Who Owns Native Culture? (2003), and Upriver: The Turbulent Life and Times of an Amazonian People (2014). He has also published general-interest articles and reviews in Natural History, Smithsonian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times Book Review. A list of his publications, many downloadable as full-text PDF files, is accessible here.

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