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PUBLIC LECTURES

Designing the Future — 2017-2018 Lecture Series

ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S LECTURE: The Fate of the Earth

Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Cost per person: There is Special Pricing for this event; Click here for ticket purchases.
Speaker: Elizabeth Kolbert

Co-presented by The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico

 

Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert, Photo courtesy of Donald Usner

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer at The New Yorker is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Holt, 2014), in which she presents evidence for her belief that humans may be bringing about a sixth mass extinction. She asks: Can we arrest this process? What does the future look like on a biologically impoverished planet?

Her three-part series on global warming, “The Climate of Man,” won the 2006 National Magazine Award for Public Interest, the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award, and the 2006 National Academies Communication Award. She received a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2006 and a Heinz Award in 2010, and won the 2010 National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism.

The annual President’s Lecture is part of the Creative Thought Forum at SAR. Learn more about this initiative here.

Elizabeth Kolbert interviewed on NPR’s “Democracy Now” about climate change and hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

We thank the following for their generous support of this President’s Lecture:

Dignitary Level:
Michele Cook and John Camp

Underwriter Level:
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation

Supporter Level:
Inn on the Alameda
SunPower by Positive Energy Solar
The Lensic Performing Arts Center

Media Sponsors:
Violet Crown Cinema
KUNM 89.9 and KSFR 101.1 Radio

The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about the Future

Date: October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost per person: Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members
Speaker: Robert L. Kelly

Robert L. Kelly at Hole in the Wall Ranch

Robert L. Kelly at Hole in the Wall Ranch, photo by Todd Surovell

Robert L. Kelly has studied the archaeology of foraging peoples since 1973. His talk will draw on his recently published book, The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About Our Future (University of California Press, 2016). In the book, Kelly identifies four pivot points in the history of human development, then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning during which he foresees the end of war, capitalism, and nation-states.

Robert Kelly is a professor of archaeology at the University of Wyoming, an SAR resident scholar in 1988-1989, and a past president of the Society for American Archaeology.

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive free admission to this lecture and other benefits, click here.

SAR SALON: The following morning, priority will be given to Chaco members and higher to attend a salon discussion with Kelly.

Radio Interviews:
October 4, 2017: Interview, the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC – Listen here.
October 9, 2017: Interview, Deep Science Radio, Radio Cafe, by Mary-Charlotte Domandi – Listen here.

Video Interviews:
Dr. Robert L. Kelly is interviewed by Lorene Mills from New Mexico PBS on his new book, “The Fifth Beginning.” The interview was aired statewide and can be accessed here.

Video by McCall Sides for SAR.

This Lecture Sponsored By:

Walter Burke Catering
UBS Financial Services

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous

Date: January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost Per Person: Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members
Speaker: Gabriella (Biella) Coleman

Biella Coleman

Biella Coleman

How Anonymous Dodged the Cyberterrorism Frame: Masking, Timing, and the Guy Fawkes Icon

Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions due to its reliance on unconventional and often risky forms of Internet-based political dissent. The group could have been vilified by the government as a new breed of cyber-extremist and terrorist. Yet they weren’t. What allowed Anonymous to dodge a rhetorical weapon used by governments across the world to dismantle the political power of radical movements and figures? Biella Coleman will explore five reasons—stretching from the accidental adoption of the Guy Fawkes mask to the timing and nature of its many global interventions—to explain why Anonymous was able to narrowly evade this designation.

Coleman is the author of the books Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking (Princeton University Press, 2012) and Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014). Her popular articles on the intersection of hacking and politics have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Slate, and the Atlantic Monthly.

Radio interviews:
Interview, Deep Science Radio, Radio Cafe, by Mary-Charlotte Domandi – Listen here.
Interview KUNM Live From The University Of New Mexico – Listen here.
Interview, the Richard Eeds Show on KTRC – Listen here.

Video Interviews:
PBS, “Report from Santa Fe”, Lorene Mills interviews Dr. Gabriella Coleman on her lecture topic, “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy.” Click here to watch.

Local papers’ interviews:
Santa Fe New Mexican, Digital tricksters: Hacktivism as a force for social change, by Jennifer Levin.
Santa Fe Reporter, An Anthropologist Online: Gabriella Coleman lived with Anonymous to learn its culture, by Julia Goldberg.

Video by McCall Sides for SAR

Anonymous protest in India with participants wearing the symbolic Guy Fawkes masks adopted by Anonymous

Anonymous protest in India with participants wearing the symbolic Guy Fawkes masks adopted by Anonymous, Photo courtesy of Biella Coleman.

If you would like to become an SAR member and receive free admission to this lecture and other benefits, click here.

SAR SALON: The following morning, priority will be given to Chaco members and higher to attend a salon discussion with Coleman.

This Lecture Sponsored By:
Daniels Insurance
UBS Financial Services

CANCELLED – Data for Life: Wearable Technology and the Design of Self-Care

Date: March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: Free for SAR members • $10 for Not-Yet-Members
Speaker: Natasha Dow Schüll

*CANCELLED* – Natasha Dow Schull has regretfully cancelled her March 22 lecture.

Natasha Dow Schüll

Natasha Dow Schüll, Photo courtesy of Natasha Dow Schüll.

Natasha Dow Schüll’s current research concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they promote. Drawing on ethnographic field research, Dow Schüll will explore the vision of technologically assisted self-regulation that drives the design of wearable tracking devices. She will discuss how such products exemplify and short-circuit cultural ideals for individual responsibility and self-regulation.

Natasha Dow Schüll is an associate professor with the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is a cultural anthropologist and former Weatherhead Resident Scholar at SAR (2002-2003)

This Lecture Sponsored By:

UBS Financial Services

 

 

THANKS TO OUR PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES SPONSORS:

Series Sponsors: Leaders

Adobo Catering

Newman's Own Foundation

Pajarito Scientific

Thornburg Investment Management

Betty & Luke Vortman Endowment Fund

Flora Crichton Lecture Fund

 


Series Sponsors: Underwriters

UBS Financial Services

Santa Fe Dining, Inc.


First National 1870

 


Series Sponsors: Media Sponsors

KUNM and KSFR 101.1 Radio