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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 required, 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. Tune in to our free live online event with emcee Wes Cowan, featured on Antiques Roadshow and History Detectives, from the comfort of your own living room and enjoy hearing from SAR Scholar and Artist Fellows about their work and its impact.

Your involvement will provide crucial support for new and innovative online programming that promotes a deeper understanding of humanity and issues of social concern during these unprecedented times.

Help us meet our CHALLENGE! Members of our Board of Directors have committed $50,000 collectively to support the Creative Thought Forum for the coming year and are challenging us to raise at least another $50,000 at this event from all of you.

You will have a special opportunity to bid on a memorable two-night “glamping” trip to Chaco Canyon led by archaeologist Steve Lekson (to take place in 2021) as well as donate to support SAR’s Creative Thought Forum and new online programming during a live Fund-a-Cause. 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. Please register by August 21 to receive your pre-party package prior to the event.

$100 PER SCREEN. $42 per screen is tax deductible. Learn more here

Thank You to our Sponsors for this Event 

Susan Foote and Stephen Feinberg  

Tom and Anne Conner
Creative Fundraising Advisors

Ellen Boozer and Mike Daly
Ken and Elaine Cole
Elizabeth and Jim Roghair
Dave Rossetti and Jan Avent
Jerry and Paula Sabloff
Brian and Suzanne Smith
Ken Stilwell
Lynne Withey and Michael Hindus

Dorothy Bracey and Tom Johnson
Anne Chognard and James Ammerman
Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Louise Lamphere
Ann and Russ Morton
Doug and Pat Sporn

Restaurant Sponsors
Atrisco Cafe & Bar
Dinner for Two
El Nido
Fiesta Oaxaca
Gruet Winery
Paper Dosa
Santa Fe Bar & Grill

Special Thanks to our Event Planning Committee
Dorothy Bracey
Anne Chognard
Ken Cole
Joe Colvin
Tom Conner
Bekki Cook
Susan Foote
Louise Lamphere
Ann Morton
Julie Rivers
Elizabeth Roghair
Jerry Sabloff
Brian and Suzanne Smith

We are Grateful to our Founders’ Society Members

A special thank you to members of the Founders’ Society who support SAR’s position as a national leader in generating cutting-edge work in the social sciences and Native American arts through the Creative Thought Forum.

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