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Creative Thought Forum Lectures

2018-2019 Lecture Series Tradition and Innovation

Launched in September 2017, SAR’s Creative Thought Forum brings exciting, cutting-edge thinkers to Santa Fe to present topics of broad social concern.

Lectures are held at the James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf in Santa Fe on a Thursday evening and followed the next day with a speaker-led salon discussion that invites a deeper exploration of the topics raised in the lecture.

The Real World of Synthetic Biology

Speaker: Christina Agapakis
Lecture date: Thursday September 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Location: James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: Free to SAR members; $10 for non-members
Click here to register in advance

Christina Agapakis

Christina Agapakis

What is synthetic biology? How will it influence communities and cultures? For over 100 years, synthetic biologists have sought to create and control life, to improve understanding through engineering. In 1912, the physician and biophysicist Stéphane Leduc first used the term synthetic biology to describe his attempts to create living forms from inert chemicals. Over a century later, synthetic biologists are creating new materials and organisms using processes to edit genomes and write original DNA.

Christina Agapakis, creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks, discusses the historic journey to create engineered living cells, how this method in biological design
developed, and where it will take us going forward.

 

A sample of fabric dyed by living bacteria, by designer Natsai Chieza of Faber Futures

A sample of fabric dyed by living bacteria, by designer Natsai Chieza of Faber Futures

What unites the many different activities that have claimed the term “synthetic biology” during the last century is not any particular technique, approach, set of tools, application, or goal. Rather, synthetic biology in the real world encompasses all the many and messy things that synthetic biologists do—the experiments, the organizations, the jargon, the outlandish proposals and visions. In this talk, I look at synthetic biology as Ursula Franklin looks at technology in The Real World of Technology: “as ideas and dreams, as practices and procedures, as hopes and myths.” – Christina Agapakis

 

This lecture is sponsored by:

Dan Merians & Tamara Bates, UBS Financial Services
Daniels Insurance, Inc.

 

Christina Agapakis Salon
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Location: School for Advanced Research
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR 660 Garcia Street
Cost:
Free to SAR members

Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

 

Radio Interview:
September 20, 2018: Dr. Christina Agapakis Speaks on Synthetic Biology – by Richard Eeds – Listen here.

Connecting Science, Technology, and Culture in Education

Speaker: Leah Buechley
Lecture date: Thursday October 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Location: James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: Free to SAR members; $10 for non-members
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Leah Buechley

Leah Buechley

Computer scientist and former science director of MIT’s High-Low Tech research group, Leah Buechley explores gender equity in education environments including makerspaces. From e-textiles to paper circuits, Buechley shows how tech, using traditional cultural practices such as weaving or papermaking, can invite new questions about authority and accessibility.

Buechley is the inventor of the LilyPad Arduino, a construction kit for sew-able electronics. She currently runs a design firm, Rural / Digital that explores playful integrations of technology and design. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Popular Science, and Wired.

 

This lecture is sponsored by:

Interactive electronic wallpaper

Interactive electronic wallpaper

New Mexico Bank & Trust
Shiprock Santa Fe

 

Leah Buechley Salon
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Location: School for Advanced Research
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR 660 Garcia Street
Cost:
Free to SAR members
Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies

Speaker: Anna Sofaer with Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman
Lecture date: Thursday January 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Location: James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: Free to SAR members; $10 for non-members
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Anna Sofaer

Anna Sofaer

Anna Sofaer and her colleagues Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman present their work on the Solstice Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the study of astronomical heritage in Chaco Canyon culture. For this presentation, the speakers will share their latest research findings, which reveal the extent of the Chaco culture across an area the size of Ohio. They will review the Chacoans’ complex solar and lunar astronomy as commemorated at the Sun Dagger site and in the alignments of buildings. Their research includes 3-D models of the hundreds of outlying Great Houses throughout the Chaco world. The researchers will also share the results of the Solstice Project’s recent use of LiDAR technology to document enigmatic Chaco “roads,” many of which establish connections with striking features of the natural landscape and astronomical directions.

 

This lecture is sponsored by:

Low steep oblique aerial view of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Low steep oblique aerial view of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Dan Merians & Tamara Bates, UBS Financial Services
Bank of Albuquerque
Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery
Shiprock Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Sofaer Salon
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Location: School for Advanced Research
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR 660 Garcia Street
Cost:
Free to SAR members
Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement

Speaker: Elizabeth Hoover
Lecture date: Thursday March 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Location:James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: Free to SAR members; $10 for non-members
Click here to register in advance

Elizabeth Hoover. Photo by Adam Sings In The Timber

Elizabeth Hoover. Photo by Adam Sings In The Timber

Elizabeth Hoover is the Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University. She teaches and conducts research on topics including environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, Native American museum curation, and community-engaged research. In this talk, Hoover explores traditional food practices in Native American communities and the impact of environmental studies on modern food production.

Hoover has published articles about food sovereignty, environmental reproductive justice in Native American communities, the cultural impact of fish advisories on Native communities, tribal citizen science, and health social movements. Her recent books include ‘The River is In Us;’ Fighting Toxins in a Mohawk Community—an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to superfund contamination and environmental health research—and From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds;’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement—an exploration of Native American farming and gardening projects around the country.

 

This lecture is sponsored by:

Walter Burke Catering
Shiprock Santa Fe

 

Elizabeth Hoover Salon
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Location: School for Advanced Research
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR 660 Garcia Street
Cost:
Free to SAR members
Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S LECTURE

Minds in the Net: The Journey from Page to Screen

Speaker: Nicholas Carr
Date: Thursday May 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Location:James A. Little Theater at the School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM 87505
Cost: There is special pricing for this event
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Nicholas Carr. Photo by Scott Keneally.

Nicholas Carr. Photo by Scott Keneally.

New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Carr explores the development of the internet and the role it has played in shaping how we think, work, and live. Carr’s work often explores the impact of technologies, including smartphones, computers, and tablets, on our cognitive abilities and the potential troubles that arise from the expanded use of the internet. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the category of nonfiction for his recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Carr’s 2008 book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google, explores the cultural significance and the potential economic consequences of expanding use of internet-based cloud computing.

“We have never been so intimately involved with a media technology as we are with the smartphone. We consult it every few minutes throughout the day and check it one last time before going to bed. What is this technological dependency doing to our minds?”

Nicholas Carr

 

This lecture is sponsored by:

Michelle Cook & John Camp
Dan Merians & Tamara Bates, UBS Financial Services

 

Nicholas Carr Salon
Date: Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Location: School for Advanced Research
Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, SAR 660 Garcia Street
Cost:
Free to SAR members
Salons are offered on the morning following each Creative Thought Forum lecture. The salon is an opportunity for a conversation-style gathering with the speaker for a deeper exploration of the lecture topics. Participation in the salons is limited to 25 people and is a free member benefit; advanced registration is required with priority given to Chaco level members and above. For more information or to register for the salon call 505-954-7231.

2018 – 2019 Creative Thought Forum Series Sponsors

AMBASSADOR

DIGNITARIES

Michelle Cook
& John Camp

LEADERS

UNDERWRITERS

SUPPORTERS

Daniels Insurance, Inc.
Walter Burke Catering
New Mexico Bank & Trust
Bank of Albuquerque
Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery

MEDIA SPONSORS

KUNM 89.9 FM
KSFR 101.1 FM