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August 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hosted online
Lindsay Archuleta

Celebrating Three Years of Creative Thought:
A Virtual Event

Date: August 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. MDT
Location: Online
Admission: Free. Registration encouraged, please register here.

Event emcee Wes Cowan.

Join the School for Advanced Research (SAR) online to celebrate the accomplishments of SAR’s Creative Thought Forum (CTF) over its first three years. Join us in the comfort of your own living room with emcee Wes Cowan, featured on Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, and enjoy hearing from SAR Scholar and Artist Fellows about their work and its impact. Special opportunity to bid on a memorable two-night “glamping” trip to Chaco Canyon led by archaeologist Steve Lekson (to take place in 2021). Registration required in order to bid.

Great Kiva at Chaco

Great Kiva at Chaco Canyon.

Journey to the Center of an Ancient World:
Two-Night Glamping Trip to Chaco Canyon

Today the massive buildings of the Ancestral Puebloan people at Chaco Canyon still testify to organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper experience in the canyon that was central to thousands of people between AD 850 and 1250, spend three days and two unforgettable nights in Chaco with superb food and wine, a campfire, comfortable accommodations, and Steve Lekson, one of your favorite archaeologists. This “glamping” trip will offer you the opportunity to travel in a small group of six people (perhaps some of your own friends and family) and to sleep in individual tents. The trip includes three lunches, two dinners, and two breakfasts. Steve will lead hikes, make time for naps, start thought-provoking conversations, share special insights into this national treasure, and more. Dates are flexible and can be scheduled into 2021. You will need to provide your own transportation and bring your own sleeping bag. All other arrangements will be made directly with the trip organizer, Jill Jenkins, and trip leader, Steve Lekson. Three months’ advance planning will be required.

Steve Lekson is a retired professor of anthropology and curator at the Museum of Natural History, University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Lekson has researched and written extensively on the Southwest and has directed archaeological excavations throughout New Mexico and Colorado. His principal interests include human geography, built environments, government, and migrations. He is the author of A History of the Ancient Southwest, an SAR Press publication.

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Special VIP pre-event opportunity!


Join a live Zoom cocktail hour to have the opportunity to interact with some notable scholars and artists to hear more about their work and impact in the world. The pre-party package includes two special SAR branded bandanas, $50 restaurant gift card, specialty “El Delirio” cocktail recipe, and select Zoom backgrounds.

$100 PER SCREEN. Learn more here

Special thanks to our event committee and individual sponsors for this event:
Ellen Boozer and Mike Daly
Dorothy Bracey and Tom Johnson
Anne Chognard and James Ammerman
Ken and Elaine Cole
Tom and Anne Conner
Susan Foote and Stephen Feinberg
Louise Lamphere
Ann Morton
Julie Rivers
Elizabeth and Jim Roghair
Jerry and Paula Sabloff
Brian and Suzanne Smith
Doug and Pat Sporn
Ken Stilwell
Lynne Withey

Restaurant Sponsors
Fiesta Oaxaca
Paper Dosa


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