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Classes: SAR In Depth

The School for Advanced Research is offering classes on campus, which will be open to SAR members and the general public. Full descriptions below are followed by a registration form.

We hope you’ll plan to join us for these innovative and thought-provoking courses.

Spring 2018

Pueblo Worlds: An Overview of Pueblo Society and Culture

Course Description:

John Ware

John Ware
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When sixteenth-century Spanish explorers first set foot in what is now the southwestern U.S. they encountered people who lived in multistoried apartment buildings of stone and adobe enclosing communal plazas. The Spanish referred to these people as Pueblos (Spanish for towns), presumably to distinguish them from the residentially-mobile band and tribal groups of the greater Southwest. Despite similarities in architecture and settlement pattern, the people the Spanish called Pueblos speak six mutually unintelligible languages from four different language families, so they are not a monolithic culture but several different peoples who share cultural practices. The Pueblos have also shared more than a century of scrutiny by anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians attempting to sort out their convergent histories. It is likely that no other indigenous cultures in the world have been studied more intensively than the Pueblo people of the Southwest. Pueblo Worlds is a School for Advanced Research mini-course that will explore the many worlds of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona.

Course Leader:
John Ware is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose teaching and research concerns focus on the indigenous cultures of the northern Southwest, where he has worked for almost 50 years. From 2001 until his retirement in 2014, Dr. Ware served as executive director of the Amerind Foundation in southern Arizona. Before that he directed the Laboratory of Anthropology and was founding director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. He is the author, most recently, of A Pueblo Social History: Kinship, Sodality, and Community in the Northern Southwest (SAR Press, 2014).

Dates, Times, and Places:
Tuesday, April 24, 3-5 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, May 8, 3-5 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday, May 15, 3-5 p.m., Dobkin Boardroom
Tuesday May 22, 3-5 p.m., Indian Arts Research Center

Cost: $300 for members; $350 for non members.

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If you would like to become an SAR member and receive a discount to attend this class and other benefits, click here.

For more information about the class, contact Isis Bennett,, or 505-954-7245.


Fall 2017

Paul Ryer, Director of Scholar Programs

Photo courtesy of Paul Ryer.

Inside The Revolution: An Anthropological Approach to Contemporary Cuba

Course Leader: Paul Ryer, SAR Director of Scholar Programs
This course will investigate the nature of social life in Cuba today, within the historical and ethnographic context of a still-socialist revolutionary state in the Caribbean. After a brief historical overview of Cuban society before 1959, we will consider the formal and informal socialist economy established during the Soviet era; gender relations, racial identities, and migration; arts, material culture, religion, and politics within one of the more distinctive republics in the Americas today.

Combining lectures and discussion of related readings, the class is intended as a brief stand-alone introduction, but also to prepare participants for the subsequent SAR trip to Cuba, November 1-8, 2017. Both the class and the trip will be led by Dr. Paul Ryer, SAR director of scholar programs. Ryer was affiliated with the University of Havana and has conducted long-term research on Cuba and its diasporas.

All sessions meet from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in SAR’s Dobkin boardroom, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM

Week One: Tuesday, Oct. 3
From Colony to Revolution

Week Two: Tuesday, Oct. 10
State Socialism

Week Three: Tuesday, Oct. 17
Daily Life in the Post-Soviet Era

Week Four: Tuesday, Oct. 24
Arts, Material Culture, Religion, and Politics Today

Cost: $200 for members; $250 for non-members

Spring 2017

David E. Stuart

Photo by Jason Ordaz.

From Casual Farmers to Chaco Canyon: Archaeology and the Dynamics of Prehistoric Four Corners Society

Course Leader: David Stuart
How did a few scattered families of part-time horticulturalists in about 1500 B.C. make modest decisions that would transform their descendants into the full-time farmers of the 900s A.D. who supported and shaped the rise of Chacoan Great House Society in the late 1000s A.D.? The answers involve ecology, climate, reproductive and social behaviors, massive amounts of labor, a penchant for problem-solving, and lots of innovation.

David Stuart is an internationally recognized anthropologist whose most cited books are Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, The Guaymas Chronicles, and the recently released Ancient People of the Pajarito Plateau. He earned his PhD in anthropology from the University of New Mexico and served many years at UNM as associate provost for academic affairs. Dr. Stuart served as acting president of SAR and has been a lecturer at SAR and in Edinburgh, London, Mexico City, and at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Dates & Times
Tuesday, April 25, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 2, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 3-5 p.m.

Class is FULL.