Ortiz Center Director

Singer2013The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies was founded with the intention to expand the role of public anthropology through public engagement.  My objective as director is to cultivate public anthropology through intercultural exchanges using exhibition, dialogue, performance, and visual media that bridge local, regional and inter/national social and cultural ideas, issues, and interests with the academics of a university.

As director of the Ortiz Center, I am taking to heart a reciprocal and shared research approach in developing the center as a representative of the University of New Mexico working towards community partnerships with individuals, communities, organizations, and other institutions. I would like the Ortiz Center to function as an academic bridge to connect with local, national, and international communities and individuals in order to develop diverse and creative thinking concerned with issues of environment(s), visual and written documentation and representation, expression, and the production of knowledge and understanding of humanities in a complex world. I am interested in the thoughtful and respectful exchange of ideas and knowledge that reflects human societies in varied forms, such as story, art, performance, writing, and research, within and beyond the border of the UNM campus. In keeping with this vision, I intend to engage in shared exploration with the community to address topic priorities and to identify the best means for developing topics of interest into a public program, project or forum, exhibition, and/or additional discussion.

I will be happy to discuss and meet with interested persons and parties who seek such public engagement.

Beverly R. Singer, Director
Department of Anthropology, MSCO1-1040, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Beverly Singer holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of New Mexico. She was awarded an M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1977 and graduated cum laude from the College of Santa Fe with a B.A.



Michael Graves
Chair, Department of Anthropology, UNM

James Dixon
Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM

Elena Ortiz


Previous Ortiz Center Advisory Board and Programming Committee

Kathryn Klein
Former Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum and Former Associate Director of the Ortiz Center, UNM
Sylvia Rodriguez
Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNM, Former Director, Ortiz Center, UNM
Alfred Bush
Curator of Repatriation, Princeton University
Cynthia Chavez
Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
Blair Darnell
Board Member of the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation, (Charleston, South Carolina), Albuquerque
Les Field
Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Keith Prufer
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Jeffrey Long
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Christine Sims
Associate Professor of LLSS, College of Education, UNM
Lois Frank

Photographer, Author and Chef, Santa Fe, NM
Louise Lamphere
Former Chair, Distinguished Professor
Regis Pecos
Director, New Mexico Leadership Institute, Santa Fe
Mari Lyn Salvador
Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC-Berkeley
Matthew Martinez
Assistant Professor, Pueblo Studies, Northern New Mexico College
Brian Vallo
Kenneth Salazar
Melissa Nelson
Joe Watkins
Archeologist, National Parks Service
Catherine Baudoin
Curator of Photo Archives, Maxwell Museum, UNM
Tony Chavarria
Curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe
Prudy Correa
Acoma Pueblo Artist, Educator, Business Administrator
Clarence Cruz
Ohkay Owingeh Artist, Instructor of Ceramics in the Art and Art History Department, UNM and Poeh Arts Program, Poeh Museum, Pojoaque
Kathy Cyman
Artist and Instuctor of Arita Porcelain Method, Department of Education, UNM
Mary Beth Hermans
Public Programs Coordinator for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM
Damian Garcia
Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum, Acoma
Amy Grochowski
Curator of Education at the Maxwell Museum, UNM
Enrique LaMadrid
UNM Professor of Spanish and Director of Chicano/Mexicano/Hispano Studies, UNM
Admasu Shunkuri
Africana Studies, UNM

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