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Indian Arts Research Center Speaker Series

The annual IARC Speaker Series features topics surrounding the history and evolution of Native American art and the associated issues facing contemporary cultures of indigenous people throughout the world. From advocacy and policy to preservation of language and traditional knowledge systems, the signature series offers scholars, artists, SAR members, and the local community an opportunity to learn and engage with notable experts.


2017 Speaker Series

110 Years at SAR: Preservation, Policy, and Thought Leadership

In 1906, anthropologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher was a member of the Archaeological Institute of America’s (AIA) American Committee. The AIA, founded in Boston in 1879, already had schools in Athens, Rome, and Palestine that sponsored research into the foundations of classical civilization and promoted professional standards in archaeological field work. Fletcher wanted to establish an “Americanist” center with three objectives: to train students in the profession of archaeology, to engage in anthropological research on the American continent, and to preserve and study the unique cultural heritage of the Southwest. With these goals in mind, the AIA accepted Fletchers plan, and in 1907, the School for American Archaeology was founded in Santa Fe, with Fletcher as the first chairperson of the School’s managing committee and Edgar Lee Hewett as its director. Thus began the long and storied history of what is now known as the School for Advanced Research.

2017 marks the 110th anniversary of SAR, and in some respect, the goals that Fletcher established in 1907 continue to carry us forward today. This year’s Speaker Series, 110 Years of SAR: Preservation, Policy, and Thought Leadership, seeks to trace the evolution of these ideas and the innovative ways SAR continues to support the intersections between indigenous thought, archaeology, anthropology, and ethics in the 21st century.

All discussions will be held at the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. These events are free and open to the public.

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KEYNOTE: The History of the School for Advanced Research and its Relationship to Indigenous Peoples

Speaker: Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Arizona State University

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:00 pm.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

In this keynote lecture, great-grandniece to Tsianina Blackstone and former SAR Board member (2006-2015), Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, will discuss the development of SAR and its relationships with indigenous issues—including challenges and accomplishments—over the last century.

Trailblazing an Indigenous Archaeology: New Methodologies

Panelists: Joseph Aguilar, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Lindsay M. Montgomery, University of Arizona; Timothy Wilcox, Stanford University

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00 pm.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

This panel explores the current state of Indigenous archaeology and new projects utilizing these methodologies.

Lighting a Pathway: Community + Museum Guidelines for Collaboration

Moderator: Jim Enote, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center; Panelists: Kelly McHugh, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Ellen Pearlstein, University of California, Los Angeles; Landis Smith, Projects Conservator, Museums of New Mexico

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:00 pm.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

In response to a growing interest in this work, an online resource for collaborative work has been developed over a three-year period of critical discourse among museum professionals, cultural leaders, artists, and scholars. This discussion explores the guidelines’ development process, plans for expanding the online resource, and its collective impact.

At the Forefront of Repatriation: New Policy and Impact beyond the United States

Moderator: Brian Vallo, Indian Arts Research Center at SAR; Panelists: Kate Fitz Gibbon, JD, Fitz Gibbon Law, JD; Honor Keeler, JD, International Repatriation Project; Gregory Smith, JD, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 pm.
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

This discussion delves into recent policy and proposed solutions beyond NAGPRA.