Cutline: Michael Brown, left, meets with Highlands Anthropology Club members Darian Gonzales, Renee Mondragon, Lily Ewing, and Robert Romero Oct. 26. Brown is the School for Advanced Research president.
Victoria Evans/Highlands Anthropology

Las Vegas, N.M – The New Mexico Highlands Anthropology Club visited the Santa Fe-based School for Advanced Research Oct. 26 to learn more about anthropological research resources.

The School for Advanced Research, founded in 1907, supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, humanities and Native American art.

“It’s valuable that Highlands has a relationship with SAR, ensuring that our students have the ability to use the considerable anthropological resources of this well-known nonprofit research institution,” said Mario Gonzales, Highlands cultural anthropology professor. “The visit was also an opportunity for our students to learn about fellowships at the School for Advanced Research.”

In 2017, Gonzales advised the School for Advanced Research in creating a Latino Studies Program. He shared his expertise in U.S. and Mexican immigration and border issues, indigenous peoples of Mexico, Central and South America, and Hispanics of the American Southwest.

“We’ve had several SAR fellows speak at Highlands including Mayanthi Fernando Nov. 1, an associate professor at the University of California – Santa Cruz who’s an expert on the Muslim world. We’ll have another SAR speaker at Highlands in the spring,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales planned the Anthropology Club visit to the School for Advanced Research along with Highlands anthropology professor Orit Tamir and anthropology faculty member Victoria Evans.

In addition, the Anthropology Program was at the Laguna Pueblo Feast Day Sept. 19 as part of a service learning project.

“We collaborated with the Highlands Recruitment Office to invite Laguna Pueblo members and other Native Americans to study at Highlands,” Tamir said. “In Native American societies, face-to-face contact is preferred over other communication. We hope more Native Americans will be interested in attending Highlands after talking with us.”

Tamir said she believes her students have a better cultural understanding of the Laguna Pueblo after observing the ceremony and interacting with tribal members.

The anthropology students who participated include Lily Ewing, Darian Gonzales, Rene Mondragon, and Joshua Russell.