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Inaugural Humanities Festival Raises a New Profile for SAR

Inaugural Humanities Festival Raises a New Profile for SAR

The Santa Fe New Mexican noted SAR’s “broader and more vigorous approach” to programming when SAR launched its new Humanities Festival in September. The Humanities Festival: American Identities was a micro-festival illuminating diverse American experiences through...

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Saluting Kindness in the World

Saluting Kindness in the World

About eighteen minutes outside of Gallup on the first day of SAR’s recent field trip to Canyon de Chelly, our luxury coach bus glided gracefully to the shoulder of Highway 264 and then proceeded to power down. None of the attempted ministrations could coax it back to life. The diagnosis of a faulty fuse didn’t come until later, but it was clear the vehicle was going nowhere.

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SAR Receives Major Grant from National Park Service for Initiatives to Repatriate  Cultural Items

SAR Receives Major Grant from National Park Service for Initiatives to Repatriate Cultural Items

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $88,799 from the National Park Service (NPS) for a project that will have the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) collaborating with consultants from the Pueblo of Acoma and Pueblo of Tesuque to identify items in SAR’s Acoma and Tesuque Pueblo collections that are subject to compliance with the North American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). The two-year project will result in the return of the identified items to the source communities, and the culturally appropriate housing, handling, documentation, and access for the items that remain at the IARC.

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SAR Awarded Over $225,000 by Institute for Museum and Library Services

SAR Awarded Over $225,000 by Institute for Museum and Library Services

SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center Receives Funding for Projects That Support Indigenous Collections Care. August 3, 2023, Santa Fe, New Mexico—The School for Advanced Research has been awarded two grants by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for initiatives by SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC).

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Indigenous Collections Care (ICC) Guide

Indigenous Collections Care (ICC) Guide

By Laura Elliff Cruz, Collections ManagerHistorically, museums and academic institutions have acquired and amassed Indigenous cultural items for their own use and benefit with minimal consideration from descendant communities. The Indigenous Collections Care (ICC)...

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SAR Welcomes Two New Board Members

SAR Welcomes Two New Board Members

The School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors: Larry Colton and Ed Gale. President Michael F. Brown describes these additions to the board as evidence of SAR’s ongoing commitment to recruiting directors who bring the widest possible range of life experiences and professional accomplishments to the organization’s leadership team.

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Reflections on the Origin of a Dangerous Concept

Reflections on the Origin of a Dangerous Concept

On April 13 and 14, 2023, SAR hosted two events focused on the invention of the concept of race in eighteenth-century Europe and its implications. The conversation was led by noted Harvard faculty member and PBS personality Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and his colleague...

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First SAR Centennial Medal Presented to N. Scott Momaday

First SAR Centennial Medal Presented to N. Scott Momaday

On February 25, SAR President Michael F. Brown, Ph.D., presented SAR's first ever Centennial Medal to author N. Scott Momaday for distinguished service to SAR and the world. The award was presented during the SAR board reception at the La Fonda Hotel. Momaday was a...

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Twelve Tips for Item Care in Your Home

Twelve Tips for Item Care in Your Home

By Laura Elliff Cruz, Collections Manager, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research After teaching an SAR member class in early December, Caring for Your Personal Collections at Home: An Introduction to Collections Care, I realized how busy everyday...

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Film Day Rewind

Film Day Rewind

Written by Paloma López, Educator, Indian Arts Research Center Sunday, November 6 was Film Day at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). The School for Advanced Research (SAR) and MIAC teamed up for a day of screenings, panels, and demonstrations in...

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In Memoriam: Pat Courtney Gold (1939-2022)

In Memoriam: Pat Courtney Gold (1939-2022)

Very recently, we received news that 2009 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Pat Courtney Gold passed away on July 11, 2022. Pat, a Wasco basketmaker, grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in the mid-Columbia River area of central Oregon. In her youth, she...

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‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’ :

‘Who Were You When You Stepped to This Pot?’1: A Lesson in Community Curation from Grounded in Clay Guest post by Emily SanthanamConsider when and where you’ve seen Pueblo pottery in a museum. How was it displayed? Who wrote the label? What did it tell you about the...

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SAR Board Member Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

SAR Board Member Awarded 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

Brenda Child, the Northrop Professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, has been awarded a 2022 Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Child was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at SAR in 1992-1993 and now serves on SAR's board...

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In Memoriam Nancy Owen Lewis (1945–2022)

In Memoriam Nancy Owen Lewis (1945–2022)

With great sadness, SAR notes the passing of Dr. Nancy Owen Lewis, our longtime Director of Scholar Programs, Scholar-in-Residence, and tireless advocate, tour guide, public speaker, and prolific author. Before coming to SAR, Nancy received her Ph.D. in cultural...

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SAR Remembers Ronald N. Dubin

SAR Remembers Ronald N. Dubin

The Board of Directors and staff of the School for Advanced Research together mourn the loss of Ronald N. Dubin, who passed away in Greenwich, Connecticut, on December 30 at the age of eighty-nine.

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SAR Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

SAR Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is proud to announce that it recently received notice that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will award the school $167,825 through the NEH American Rescue Plan, which provides relief funding for cultural and educational institutions to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

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