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Creative Thought Forum Lectures

Seeking Justice: Toward a More Equitable America

Launched in 2017, SAR’s Creative Thought Forum brings exciting, cutting-edge thinkers to illuminate topics of great public interest to audiences in Santa Fe and beyond.

Now in its fifth season, the 2022 Creative Thought Forum invites SAR members and the public to explore issues of broad public concern. The theme for the 2022 Creative Thought Forum is “Seeking Justice: Toward a More Equitable America,” and includes a series of webinar-style discussions on the theme of social justice as assessed from multiple social, cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives. Presenters will be drawn from the SAR network of leading thinkers in academia and beyond, representing fields as diverse as history, law, anthropology, and Native American studies.

This series has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Part I

In Part I of the six-event series, which will be held online, SAR will lead discussions by experts in their fields on the topics of: Justice, Public Lands, and Indigenous Peoples; Everyday Violence and Strategies for Its Reduction; and Finding Just Solutions to Appropriation of Indigenous Creations.

 

Justice, Public Lands, and Indigenous Peoples

Thursday, February 17, 2022
2:00 p.m. MST

Over a century after the establishment of our national parks, questions about the scope of parks and other public lands, their management, and the heritage of their original Indigenous stewards are increasingly the focus of debate. Two historians and an Indigenous writer discuss how public lands may figure in efforts to undo past injustice.

C. J. Alvarez, moderator
David Treuer, presenter
Patty Limerick, presenter 

Watch the recording here

 

Everyday Violence and Strategies for Its Reduction

Thursday, March 10, 2022
2:00 p.m. MST

Having witnessed an upsurge of protests and public disorders in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd, the U.S. is experiencing a dramatic runup in violent crime, especially murder, that ends a period of steady crime reduction that began in the 1990s. Several experts consider the factors driving this phenomenon and approaches that might counter it.


Melissa Burch, moderator
John Roman, presenter
Hanna Love, presenter 

Watch the recording here

 

Finding Just Solutions to Appropriation of Indigenous Creations

Thursday, March 31, 2022
2:00 p.m. MDT

Exploring the line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation, this conversation offers perspectives from Indigenous and non-Indigenous legal scholars on prospects for protecting the intellectual and cultural property of Native Americans while addressing the necessity of marketing their creations to broad audiences.


Michael F. Brown, moderator
Trevor Reed, presenter
Madhavi Sunder, presenter
Jane Anderson, presenter 

Watch the recording here

 

PART II 

In Part II of the six-event series, which will be held online, SAR will lead discussions by experts in their fields on the topics of: Climate Change and Environmental Justice; The “Crisis in Truth” in Democratic Societies; and Rethinking Monuments and Memorials.

 

Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Thursday, April 14, 2022
2:00 p.m. MDT

Moving beyond questions about the reality of climate change, this conversation will share perspectives on how to address its impact, from strategies to reduce the unequal distribution of environmental damage to consideration of the risks of experimenting with more aggressive technological interventions, including so-called “geoengineering.” 

Sayd Randle, moderator
Khalil Shahyd, panelist
Sonal Jessel, panelist

Watch the recording here

 

The “Crisis of Truth” in Democratic Societies

Thursday, May 12, 2022
2:00 p.m. MDT

This program is cosponsored by Global Santa Fe.

Observers of democratic life in the U.S. and elsewhere have concluded that appeals to untruths or half-truths have become far more common in political life than in the past. Factors that drive this include growing distrust of experts and expertise, critiques of the news media by politicians, and the “truth bubble” fostered by social media platforms. Has social media democratized speech or endangered it? This webinar considers whether the alleged crisis of truth represents a serious danger to democratic institutions and, if so, what can be done about it. 

Drake Bennett, moderator
Sophia Rosenfeld, panelist
Rebecca Solnit, panelist

Watch the recording here

 

 

Rethinking Monuments and Memorials

Thursday, June 2, 2022
2:00 p.m. MDT

Conversations about statues and other public monuments have become painfully contentious in recent years. This webinar considers fresh and creative approaches to preserving public memory without opening old wounds.

Estevan Rael-Gálvez, moderator

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