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SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH
EXPLORING IDEAS THAT MATTER
2019–2020
Resident Scholars

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

Colloquia Begin — September 18, 2019

MORE THAN A COLLECTION,
IT'S A CONVERSATION
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

FALL ADVENTURES WITH SAR

MIMBRES AND MESAS
Register for fall member field trips including Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa and Mimbres Lives and Landscapes
September 26 & November 21-24, 2019
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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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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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John Nieto-Phillips and Thomas R. Conner Join SAR Board of Directors

The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors: John Nieto-Phillips, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of History and Latino Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Thomas R. Conner, former trial attorney and founder of TIRR Foundation/Mission Connect, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of those living with paralysis or traumatic brain injuries.

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Redefining Ancient Maya Culture Through the Study of the 99 Percent

SAR board member and eminent archaeologist, Jerry Sabloff has devoted considerable effort to the study of settlement patterns in Mexico and Central America—the when, where and how non-elite Maya people lived and worked. Sabloff discusses his discoveries in a Q&A interview in the 2019 issue of Knowable Magazine and presents on the topic in this fall’s SAR In-Depth course.

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Touring “Down Under” to Talk Hobbits, Einstein, and the Evolution of Language

At the heart of her research, SAR senior scholar Dean Falk asks, “What can fossils, babies, and Einstein tell us about the way our brains have evolved?” ​Falk addressed this question and more during a tour of lectures and interviews across western Australia this summer, where, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio program “Late Night Live”, she touches upon evolution and language, the uniqueness of Einstein’s brain, and “hobbits”, or the newly discovered (and short) human species, Homo floresiensis.

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Upcoming Events


Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Aug 23 @ 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[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Aug 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
Wednesday Summer Tours 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[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Aug 30 @ 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[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 6 @ 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[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 13 @ 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[...]
12:00 pm
To register for this event, please click here. An overview of the projects that the 2019-2020 resident scholars, Anne Ray interns, and the 2019 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native artist fellow will be working[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 20 @ 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[...]
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Field Trip: Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa @ Meet at SAR Campus | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
8:00 am
Archaic Rock Art on Rowe Mesa Rock art at Rowe Mesa. Courtesy of Dick Ford. Thursday, September 26, 2019 Cost per person: $150 (Includes a $25 non-refundable tax-deductible donation to SAR) Field trip limited to[...]
Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Sep 27 @ 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[...]
Oct 1 @ 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[...]

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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