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CREATIVE THOUGHT FORUM SERIES
SUPERMINDS

Thomas Malone explores collective intelligence and the power of people and computers working together.

Wednesay, October 16, 2019

EXPLORING IDEAS THAT MATTER
Resident Scholars

Forwarding work on topics ranging from Chaco Canyon cylinder jars to India's ultra-modern Delhi Metro.

Colloquia Begin — September 18, 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

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
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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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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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A Pivot from Painting to Lingerie Design

Printmaker and painter Jordan Ann Craig has turned to a new outlet for her creativity: lingerie. Her new company, Shy Natives, founded with her sister Madison Craig, has such compelling, fresh designs, it was recently featured in Vogueworld, a daily online news site of Vogue Magazine.

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Understanding the U.S. Immigration Detention System – An Anthropologist’s Perspective

After Deborah Boehm finished her book Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation, which she partially wrote as an SAR Research Associate in 2013, she knew she needed to do more. During her research, she had formed deep relationships with immigrant families impacted by deportation. “Many of those I had interviewed had been also been detained, and their stories were so harrowing,” she says. “Their lives had been unraveled by state action.”

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Pueblo Activists and Allies against the Bursum Bill of 1921

In 1921 New Mexico senator Holm Bursum introduced a bill into Congress that would have allowed non-Native people to claim Pueblo Indian lands if they could prove ten years of residency. The Indigenous governors of the nineteen pueblos worked with John Collier, Indian rights advocate and FDR’s commissioner of Indian affairs, to send representatives to Congress who would voice their opposition to the Bursum Bill of 1921.

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2019-2020 Creative Thought Forum Series Addresses the Future of Work

The School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce the third annual Creative Thought Forum series. Across lectures and conversation-style salons, SAR and community partners invite our members and the public to explore our understanding of where humanity is going in a new age of technological and cultural shifts under the thematic umbrella of “The Future of Work.”

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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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