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Creative Thought Forum Lectures

Launched in 2017, SAR’s Creative Thought Forum features front-edge thinkers whose work illuminates topics of great public interest to audiences in Santa Fe and beyond. Now in its sixth season, the 2022-2023 Creative Thought Forum focuses on the history and diverse cultures of the Southwest.

2022-2023 Creative Thought Forum

Mellon Lecture
The Emotional Toll of Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Latino Political Rhetoric
Leo Chavez, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Thursday, September 29, 6:00 p.m., at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe
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Linda S. Cordell Lecture
Footprints at White Sands: Discovery, Dating, and Significance
Matthew Bennett, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Bournemouth University, UK; David Bustos, Resource Manager, White Sands National Park; Vance Holliday, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Geosciences, University of Arizona
Thursday, October 6, 2:00 p.m. MDT, online
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Women of the Lost Territory: New Mexico Women of the Past, Present, and Future
Flannery Burke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Saint Louis University
Thursday, January 19, 6:00 p.m., at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe
More information coming

Mellon Lecture
The War on Both Sides
Angela Garcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University
Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe
More information coming

2022 Creative Thought Forum

Seeking Justice: Towards a More Equitable America

The 2022 Creative Thought Forum presented a series of webinar-style discussions on the theme of social justice as assessed from multiple social, cultural, economic, and environmental perspectives. Presenters were 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 was 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.

Justice, Public Lands, and Indigenous Peoples

Thursday, February 17, 2022  |  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 

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Everyday Violence and Strategies for Its Reduction

Thursday, March 10, 2022  |  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 

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Finding Just Solutions to Appropriation of Indigenous Creations

Thursday, March 31, 2022  |  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 

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Thursday, April 14, 2022  |  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, presenter; Sonal Jessel, presenter

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The “Crisis of Truth” in Democratic Societies

Thursday, May 12, 2022  |  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, presenter; Rebecca Solnit, presenter

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Rethinking Monuments and Memorials

Thursday, June 2, 2022  |  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; Regina Chen, presenter; Kaitlyn M. Murphy, presenter

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