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The School for Advanced Research is one of North America’s preeminent independent institutes for the study of anthropology, related social sciences, and humanities. SAR is home to the Indian Arts Research Center, one of the nation’s most important Southwest Native American art research collections. Through scholar residencies, artist fellowships, SAR Press, and public programs, SAR advances our understanding of humankind in an increasingly interconnected world.

Elysia Poon named Indian Arts Research Center Director

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elysia Poon as the new director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). With over a decade of experience within the organization as the IARC curator of education and nearly twenty years of museum experience, Poon has demonstrated a commitment to collaborative programming and a dedication to community-based collections care. Under her leadership, the IARC will continue to advance national conversations around how collecting institutions and Native American communities can work together to foster cultural heritage and promote contemporary art practices.

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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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“The Hounds of El Delirio,” Celebrating 80 Years of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter at the School for Advanced Research

Join us where it all began, on the historic estate of Elizabeth and Martha White and help celebrate 80 years of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Drop in at any time from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and explore the nearly eight acres of developed grounds and gardens throughout the afternoon. Take a self-guided tour of the School for Advanced Research’s canine-related highlights including the original kennels, a dog cemetery, and artwork of the sisters’ beloved pets. Stop by the Shelter’s adoption truck and consider providing a new home to a pet in need. Hear from Nancy Owen Lewis in her talk, “The Hounds of El Delirio” and more.

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White Paper “Aging in Place: Challenges and Prospects”

“Aging in place” is a common phrase meaning that older people prefer to age (most frequently through the end of their lives) in their homes, in spaces that represent their lives, and ideally close to family and friends. This white paper is the result of a salon held at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) that took place on June 6, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was generously sponsored by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation.

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A Pivot from Painting to Lingerie Design

Printmaker and painter Jordan Ann Craig has turned to a new outlet for her creativity: lingerie. Her new company, Shy Natives, founded with her sister Madison Craig, has such compelling, fresh designs, it was recently featured in Vogueworld, a daily online news site of Vogue Magazine.

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Understanding the U.S. Immigration Detention System – An Anthropologist’s Perspective

After Deborah Boehm finished her book Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation, which she partially wrote as an SAR Research Associate in 2013, she knew she needed to do more. During her research, she had formed deep relationships with immigrant families impacted by deportation. “Many of those I had interviewed had been also been detained, and their stories were so harrowing,” she says. “Their lives had been unraveled by state action.”

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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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Meredith Davidson
Director of Public Programs and Communications


Michael F. Brown
President, School for Advanced Research
Subjects: Anthropology and popular culture, indigenous peoples of Amazonia, new religious movements, protecting indigenous cultural property from misuse

Elysia Poon
Acting Director, Indian Arts Research Center
Subjects: Museum education, Museums and Native Source community collaboration, Southwestern Native American Art, Museum Practices with Native American Communities

Paul Ryer
Director, SAR Scholar Programs
Subjects: Cuban diaspora, cultural anthropology

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