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SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH

A LEGEND, A MYSTERY,
AN ADVENTURE

A LEGEND, A MYSTERY, AN ADVENTURE

A LEGEND, A MYSTERY, AN ADVENTURE

LOST CITY OF
THE MONKEY GOD
Follow the U.S. and Honduran team deep into the jungle as they confirm findings of a long-hidden precontact metropolis.
Film: October 23, 2019

Salon: October 24, 2019
CJ Alvarez 2019 Mellon Fellow SAR web res
EXPLORING IDEAS THAT MATTER
Chihuahuan Desert History

C.J. Alvarez explores the history of the largest expanse of drylands in North America and the vast range of human experiences in the region.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

MORE THAN A COLLECTION
Indian Arts Research Center
Tour the nearly 12,000 works of Native American art housed across two open-shelf vaults.
Guided Tours – Fridays at 2PM
HONORING CULTURAL HERITAGE
Jeffrey Gibson
SAR's 2004 Dubin Native Artist fellow awarded MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant.
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EXPLORING HUMANITY. UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD. FOR OVER 110 YEARS.
The School for Advanced Research is North America’s preeminent independent institution advancing creative thought and innovative work in social sciences and humanities and fostering the preservation and revitalization of Native American cultural heritage. »

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“This is a place where ideas can flourish” — Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Director

JOIN SAR TODAY to explore a world of ideas about past and present peoples across the globe, including cultures in the Southwest.


Our Work

We support leading-edge research and study in anthropology and related disciplines in order to foster a better understanding of humankind and the critical problems we face.
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Our Collection

We steward one of the most important collections of Southwest Native American art and guide museums around the world on best practices in collaborating with source communities.
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Our Community

We offer symposia, salons, classes and field trips that give you a unique opportunity to meet and learn from our scholars and artists. Find out how you can get involved with our diverse, dynamic community.
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Our Work

We support leading-edge research and study in anthropology and related disciplines in order to foster a better understanding of humankind and the critical problems we face.


Our Collection

We steward one of the most important collections of Southwest Native American art and guide museums around the world on best practices in collaborating with source communities.


Our Community

We offer symposia, salons, classes and field trips that give you a unique opportunity to meet and learn from our scholars and artists. Find out how you can get involved with our diverse, dynamic community.

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White Paper “Aging in Place: Challenges and Prospects”

White Paper “Aging in Place: Challenges and Prospects”

“Aging in place” is a common phrase meaning that older people prefer to age (most frequently through the end of their lives) in their homes, in spaces that represent their lives, and ideally close to family and friends. This white paper is the result of a salon held at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) that took place on June 6, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was generously sponsored by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation.

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Elysia Poon named Indian Arts Research Center Director

Elysia Poon named Indian Arts Research Center Director

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elysia Poon as the new director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). With over a decade of experience within the organization as the IARC curator of education and nearly twenty years of museum experience, Poon has demonstrated a commitment to collaborative programming and a dedication to community-based collections care. Under her leadership, the IARC will continue to advance national conversations around how collecting institutions and Native American communities can work together to foster cultural heritage and promote contemporary art practices.

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Upcoming Events


Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SAR In Depth: Rock Art of the Rio Grande Basin in Northern New Mexico @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC[...]
Chihuahuan Desert History @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Chihuahuan Desert History @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
12:00 pm
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE C.J. Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas, Austin, and Mellon fellow at SAR C.J. Alvarez, Mellon fellow, SARThis talk offers preliminary answers to[...]
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Voilet Crown Cinema | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
7:00 pm
REGISTER FOR THE FILM HERE $125 SAR members // $150 not-yet-members (all but $25 from each ticket is tax deductible) Proceeds support the advancement of knowledge and understanding of humanity through SAR’s scholar and artist programs.[...]
Speaker Salon: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker Salon: The Lost City of the Monkey God @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
REGISTER FOR THE SALON HERE The salon is free for SAR members and $15 not-yet-members. Following The Lost City of the Monkey God film premiere at the Violet Crown, SAR hosts Douglas Preston and Steve[...]
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Walking Tours of SAR’s Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Walking Tours of SAR's Historic Estate @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Reservations for campus tours must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Explore the fascinating history, stunning architecture, and beautiful outdoor gardens of the School for Advanced Research. Originally the 1920s home of Amelia[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. With more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
SAR In Depth: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Maya Civilization @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
2:00 pm
The School for Advanced Research offers innovative and thought-provoking classes on a range of topics for SAR members and the general public. Courses often have opportunities to engage with rarely seen works in the IARC[...]
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Researching My Heritage: Diné (Navajo) Survivance and The Old Leupp Boarding School @ Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
12:00 pm
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE Davina Two Bears, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Anne Ray fellow at SAR Davina Two Bears, Anne Ray fellow, SARNavajo historic archaeological sites may seem to[...]

Host your next event on the beautiful SAR campus!

The SAR campus is located on 15 acres in a residential neighborhood of Santa Fe. The historic 1920s adobe buildings, designed by William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943), are surrounded by mature trees, terraced gardens, and gravel walkways. Different venues of varying capacity are available. Selections include the historic Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, the Boardroom Patio, the Reception Center Meeting Room, the Douglas Schwartz Seminar House Dining Room, Living Room, and Patio. Download flyer here

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