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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.

Staying Connected

In addition to canceling, postponing, or livestreaming our in-person public programs until April 30, we have reluctantly decided to close the SAR campus to the public until further notice.
We understand that your mailboxes are flooded with messages about responses to Covid-19 and it can seem overwhelming. But now is a good time to reflect and find new ways to engage with one another. So we can’t engage in-person? Let’s connect from home. Here are several ways you can continue to be part of the SAR community from afar.

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2020 J.I. Staley Prize Awarded to a Powerful Examination of Life, Death, and Care, among Inuit Communities.

Lisa Stevenson’s Life Beside Itself examines two historical moments among the Inuit of northern Canada: a tuberculosis epidemic in the mid-twentieth century and an epidemic of suicides among Inuit youth today.  Through richly textured analysis, Stevenson shows how suicide prevention programs disregard what makes life worthwhile to Inuit people. Life Beside Itself deftly weaves together ethnography, archival voice recordings, and images to raise new questions about life, death, and care.

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IARC Speaker Series Explores Indigenous-Based Cultural Preservation

SAR is proud to present a series of conversation-style presentations exploring today’s world of cultural preservation. This year’s IARC speaker series takes us on a journey beyond the Pueblo communities within which we are situated, to shed light on the many remarkable ways indigenous-based cultural preservation is happening nationally.

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Abolishing Immigration Detention: A Conversation with Deborah Boehm

Deborah A. Boehm was a 2013 visiting research associate at SAR and is now a professor in the Department of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno. She will be participating in a conversation with Jason De León and other scholars during SAR’s Beyond Borders Symposium on August 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m. MDT. We spoke about her year as a Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society fellow and her most recent work on the US immigration detention system.

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SAR Press Top Reads: 2019–2020 Resident Scholar Picks

A selection of this year’s resident scholars—who study everything from ancient drinking practices in Chaco Canyon to the newly built Delhi metro—have recommended the SAR Press books they find most useful, thought provoking, or even just enjoyable. We hope you enjoy them, too.

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SAR Press Top Reads: Chaco Canyon

From excavations of Chaco in the early nineteenth century to the latest research on cosmology, monumental architecture, and long-distance trade, SAR has supported scholars who wish to understand and protect this unique place—and shared their findings with other researchers and the public.

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Border Land, Border Water: A Conversation with C. J. Alvarez

While in residence at SAR, C. J. Alvarez is working on a history of the Chihuahuan Desert that considers this area as an ecosystem rather than a political territory along a border. As we talked, I learned more about his new environmental history of the border region and what he’s gaining from his time in Santa Fe.

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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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