Message from the President
In order to offer our members, staff, and guests a reasonable degree of safety from the spread of COVID-19, SAR’s campus and in-person events will be closed to large groups through the summer of 2020 and probably beyond. In light of the situation, SAR has transitioned from live events to high-quality online offerings that include behind-the-scenes access to our scholars, artists, and collections.
This pivot has given us new ways to share innovative content that illuminates topics of broad public concern. Online platforms allow us to serve our longstanding members as well as a growing global audience. With challenge comes opportunity.
Although we look forward to the day when we will again be able to meet face-to-face, I hope you will join us as we pursue SAR’s important mission by electronic means.
Michael F. Brown
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The School for Advanced Research and the profession of anthropology mourn the passing on September 8 of Sally Engle Merry, who at the time of her death was the Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University. Prior to her NYU appointment, she served on the faculty of Wellesley College for many years.
Alex Blanchette was SAR’s 2012–2013 Weatherhead resident scholar, co-organizer of the 2016 Advanced Seminar “How Nature Works,” and co-editor of How Nature Works: Rethinking Labor on a Troubled Planet, published by SAR Press in 2019. SAR recently spoke with him about his new book and the effects of COVID-19 on the meatpacking industry.
We are pleased to announce SAR’s 2020–2021 resident scholars. Fellows develop their work on our unique campus, which provides a combination of solitude, freedom from institutional responsibilities, and lively exchange of ideas.
Many thanks for your continued support of SAR during this challenging time. Your contribution makes it possible for us to deliver quality content virtually that furthers our mission to explore humanity and better understand the world we live in. Never has there been a more important time to do this work. As we navigate the current environment, we welcome your input, questions, and suggestions. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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