Cynthia Chavez Lamar, a University of New Mexico alumnus and director of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), will be the guest speaker at the inaugural Alfonso Ortiz Lecture on Thursday and Friday, April 28-29.
A registered member of San Felipe Pueblo, of Hopi, Tewa and Navajo ancestry, Chavez Lamar earned his doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She was appointed as the third director of NMAI in January this year. She is the first Indigenous woman to lead a Smithsonian museum. A distinguished public scholar and leader with a long career of collaborative work with Indigenous communities, Chavez Lamar participated in the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at its foundation. His visit celebrates Ortiz’s legacy and the importance of the collaborative work the center promotes and funds.
Meet and greet community
Thursday April 28, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Clark Field Archive Library, Department of Anthropology Room 171
Anyone interested in speaking with Chavez Lamar can register for a 5-10 minute slot. here.
Anyone needing a UNM parking permit (valid for the day), can contact the department here and they will be ready upon arrival.
The Alfonso Ortiz Annual Inaugural Lecture
Looking back and moving forward at the National Museum of the American Indian
April 28, 7:30 p.m., Department of Anthropology Conference Room 163
Friday April 29, 4-6 p.m., Hibben Center Atrium
Events are free and open to the public.
Chavez Lamar’s visit to UNM is organized in partnership with the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Anthropology Department, Museum Studies Program, American Studies Department, Native American Studies Department, Indigenous Nations Library Program, Institute for American Indian Research, El Centro de la Raza, and Center for the Southwest.
The Alfonso Ortiz Center strives “to create lasting partnerships through collaborations that address community priorities in anthropology and humanities programs for the public.” The Center achieves its mission by creating and supporting opportunities for diverse, collaborative, and community-inspired cultural initiatives and activities in the humanities and public anthropology.