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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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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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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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Touring “Down Under” to Talk Hobbits, Einstein, and the Evolution of Language

At the heart of her research, SAR senior scholar Dean Falk asks, “What can fossils, babies, and Einstein tell us about the way our brains have evolved?” ​Falk addressed this question and more during a tour of lectures and interviews across western Australia this summer, where, on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio program “Late Night Live”, she touches upon evolution and language, the uniqueness of Einstein’s brain, and “hobbits”, or the newly discovered (and short) human species, Homo floresiensis.

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Ian Kuali’i on Ephemeral Site-Specific Installations and Hand-Cut Paper Works

2019 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow, Ian Kuali’i takes the stage on August 8, 2019, in SAR’s Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom to share about his fellowship experience. Through  hand-cut paper works and ephemeral Land Art/Earth Works installations, Kuali’i bridges contemporary and traditional techniques and designs while addressing themes related to his own history and identity, as well as what he expresses as “intertwined system of bio-cultural landscape and modernization”

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Sharing Knowledge and Collaborative Curation: Native Women Artists Featured in New MIA Exhibit

“It may ruffle feathers, but diversity means there’s a different way of doing things. If you want buy-in from the Native communities, you have to listen to them.” —Teri Greeves, SAR’s 2003 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native artist fellow, quoted in a recent New York Times article exploring the current Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.

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Unlocking Clues to Life in the Middle San Juan Pueblos

Ruined great houses, corn kernels and bones—these are just some of the archeological fragments that have offered researchers new insights into how Middle San Juan Puebloan peoples lived in the 12th and 13th centuries. Featured earlier this year in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo, the book Aztec, Salmon, and the Puebloan Heartland of the Middle San Juan covers these topics and more as eleven contributing writers examine new evidence that helps shed light on the settlements.

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Crooked Hallelujah Receives National Book Awards

Kelli Jo Ford, SAR’s 2016 Indigenous writer in residence’s Crooked Hallelujah will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2020, and one of the stories received the 2019 Plimpton Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review. Read more about Ford’s project and time at SAR.

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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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Minds in the Net: The Journey from Page to Screen with Nicholas Carr

New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Carr presents “Minds in the Net: The Journey from Page to Screen” as this year’s Creative Thought Forum annual president’s lecture. Carr addresses how digital media shapes our thoughts and perceptions, as well as the ways we communicate. To put this into context, he draws a contrast with the media technology that the computer screen has supplanted: the printed page.

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Rocking the Boat: Tradition as Innovation / IARC 2019 Speaker Series

SAR is proud to present Rocking the Boat: Innovation as Tradition, a four-part speaker series highlighting the Indian Arts Research Center’s former Native artist fellows and extended community (April 3, 2019 – April 24, 2019).  Artists in this year’s programs explore how honoring tradition requires the capacity to preserve the old, and the ability to innovate and integrate new creativity. 

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2019 J. I. Staley Prize Winner – Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan

Cities are shaped as much by paper and rubber stamps as they are by bricks and mortar, argues Matthew Hull in Government of Paper. By tracing the unexpected ways in which documents travel, he exposes the secret life of paper that profoundly shapes the built landscape of the planned city of Islamabad, and more broadly, gives us new ways of understanding bureaucracy on a global scale.

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Exploring Cuban Culture with Paul Ryer

Director of SAR’s scholar programs, Paul Ryer, shares stories from his research into what it means to be Cuban and how residents of Cuba perceive the world and their role in it.

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From “Garden Warriors” to “Good Seeds” – Indigenizing the Local Food Movement with anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to host anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover for an exploration of seed sovereignty and how issues like global climate change are influencing farming and food practices in Native American communities. Drawing on extensive visits to thirty-nine Native American food and farming heritage projects—including several in New Mexico—and formal and informal interviews with chefs, farm owners, growers, and community members, Hoover’s current work will serve as one of the first comprehensive multi-site ethnographies of the Native American food sovereignty movement.

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Best-Selling Book by SAR Alumnus Challenges Traditional Narratives of Native America and Underscores the Achievements of Indians in Contemporary Culture.

A new, widely acclaimed book by SAR scholar alumnus David Treuer is challenging long-held views of the state of Native America. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, argues that Dee Brown’s famous history of Native American dispossession and genocide, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, perpetuates a mistaken impression of the situation of American Indians today.

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Writer Gordon Lee Johnson Blends Modern Life with Cultural Tradition

Gordon Lee Johnson writes primarily to tell the stories of today’s California Indian, but he is also interested in addressing the universal human condition. Johnson was SAR’s 2017 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence and was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article on California Native American artists and the struggle to preserve their culture in the modern world.

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LiDAR and 3D modeling Reveal Untold Stories of Chaco Canyon

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to share exciting new developments on one of North America’s most influential archeological sites in the next Creative Thought Forum lecture. Anna Sofaer and her collaborators at the Solstice Project, Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner, present Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies, Thursday, January 24, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater, Santa Fe.

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