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Speaker Series: Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Preservation of the Arts

Joint Hosted by SAR and MIAC

May 23, 2013 12:00 pm through 1:30 pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:00 pm, Free. Location: Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Meem Auditorium

Admiration/Appropriation: Native Art Globalized

Adrienne Keene, Ed.D candidate, Harvard University; blogger, Native Appropriations

Fascination with Native cultures and aesthetics has become increasingly globalized over the last century. Most recently, appropriations of Navajo designs have prompted the tribal government to issue cease and desist letters to an American fashion-forward retailer. When does admiration cross the line into appropriation?

Adrienne Keene (Cherokee) is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her academic research focuses on college access for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and the role of precollege access programs in student success. She is also interested in issues of sovereignty and self-determination in indigenous education. Outside of the classroom, she is a blogger and activist on issues of Native representation and cultural appropriation. Her blog, Native Appropriations has received over 1.3 million page views. Keene’s work has been featured on Al Jazeera, Current TV, Indian Country Today, E! online, Racialicious, Sociological Images, Jezebel, Native Peoples Magazine, and others.

This series is open and FREE to the public. These are brown bag lunch events, so please feel free to bring a meal with you to the lectures. Reservations can be made by calling (505) 954-7205 or e-mailing iarc[at]    

The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research is pleased to announce its partnership with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to host the 2013 Speaker Series, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Preservation of the Arts. This speaker series is geared toward individuals and institutions interested in collecting and working with cultural materials. Over the course of several months, speakers will delve into the various legal and ethical issues surrounding art collecting and preservation, and offer some best practice guidelines. Talks will be held at the host institutions, the School for Advanced Research and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. Please make note of the location of each talk.