Sparks: Off-Beat New Mexico

Sparks talks are cozy gatherings in the SAR boardroom that have become member favorites for illuminating some of the quirkier aspects of New Mexico’s regional and historical character. And the fact that Sparks talks are in the afternoon (and free) may have something to do with their popularity. (One attendee said, “I think you discovered that late afternoon is a perfect time for the ‘cultivated senior member.’ I’m sure that’s why Sparks has been so successful!”)

Sparks talks take place in the boardroom of the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street in Santa Fe. For more information call (505) 954-7203. Seating is limited—come early.

Please check back for upcoming sparks talks.

View Past Sparks Talks

September 2014
New Mexico Weather Extremes Sparks
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Climate Variability & Extreme Events in New Mexico Deirdre Kann This presentation will cover topics that link weather, climate, and extreme events. Examples of natural climate variability will be described and related to our local weather, including drought, floods, wind, and dust storms.
October 2014
Make Haste to Live movie poster Sparks
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Filmed in New Mexico Jeff Berg Since Thomas Edison’s film crew stopped at Isleta Pueblo in 1897 and filmed a one-minute loop segment, movie-making in New Mexico has been a constant. The state’s film history includes nearly 700 feature films, television episodes, and made for cable/TV movies.
November 2014
Mexican Inquisition Sparks
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free The Mexican Inquisition in Early Eighteenth-Century New Mexico Linda Tigges & Richard Salazar Early eighteenth-century documents in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico and Mexico City describe the inquisition investigations by the Franciscans into witchcraft, dress, marriage and bigamy, and other aspects of moral behavior of the New Mexico residents.
December 2014
Olive Rush Sparks
Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Olive Rush: Santa Fe's First Lady of the Arts Bettina Raphael Olive Rush, a painter from Quaker roots in Indiana in 1920, played a significant role in Santa Fe’s community as an artist, teacher, activist, and neighbor.