Farewell from the Ortiz Center Director

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico since its’ inception in 2001. The opportunities for public anthropology, humanities and the arts borne from peoples throughout New Mexico and beyond the US borders will continue in capable hands of stewardship by the Department of Anthropology and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. As I take my leave from the University of New Mexico, my interests in the work of the Ortiz Center in collaboration with indigenous and all other communities will continue, however, it is the role of this public university to accomplish the continuing mission of the Ortiz Center. The social, political, economic, and humanitarian landscapes have changed significantly since the founding of the Ortiz Center with an NEH Challenge Grant and the vision for a broader reach of anthropology has been exciting. It was a deep commitment which brought me back for a second term to direct the Ortiz Center and my gratitude to the Department of Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences for giving me that opportunity gives me pause. The Ortiz Center allowed me to do what I was trained and best suited for—travel outwards from UNM to bring people together through dialogue and public programs to draw upon the wisdom of the earth and mankind through sharing stories and experiences using Alfonso Ortiz’s legacy and the Center’s original vision.

In January 2017, a new director will take up the reins and continue this extraordinary work, until then, take comfort in the small joys of life.

—Beverly R. Singer, Ph.D. (Santa Clara Pueblo/Diné)



Les Field
Chair and Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNM

David A. Phillips
Interim Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM


Ortiz Center Advisors- Past and Present

Michael Graves
Former Chair and Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNM
James Dixon
Former Director, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM
Elena Ortiz
Regional Director Road Scholar Program, Santa Fe
Lea McChesney

Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum, UNM
Devorah Romanek
Curator of Exhibits
Louise Lamphere
Distinguished Anthropology Professor Emerita
Mary Beth Hermans
Public Programs Coordinator for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, UNM
Amy Grochowski
Curator of Education at the Maxwell Museum, UNM
Sylvia Rodriguez
Professor of Anthropology Emerita, Former Director, Ortiz Center, UNM
Kathryn Klein
Former Curator of Ethnology, Maxwell Museum, Former Associate Director of the Ortiz Center, UNM
Keith Prufer
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Jeffrey Long
Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Cynthia Chavez
Former Director, Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe
Blair Darnell
Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation, (Charleston, South Carolina), Albuquerque
Keith Prufer
Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Jeffrey Long
Professor of Anthropology, UNM
Christine Sims
Associate Professor of LLSS, College of Education, UNM
Lois Frank

Photographer, Author and Chef, Santa Fe, NM
Regis Pecos
Director, New Mexico Leadership Institute, Santa Fe
Mari Lyn Salvador
Former Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC-Berkeley
Matthew Martinez
Assistant Professor, Pueblo Studies, Northern New Mexico College
Brian Vallo
School for American Research, Santa Fe
Kenneth Salazar
Melissa Nelson
Joe Watkins
Archeologist, National Parks Service
Catherine Baudoin
Former 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, Visiting Artist, Art and Art History Department, UNM
Kathy Cyman
Artist and Instuctor of Arita Porcelain Method, Department of Education, UNM
Damian Garcia
Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum, Acoma
Enrique LaMadrid
UNM Professor of Spanish and Director of Chicano/Mexicano/Hispano Studies, UNM
Admasu Shunkuri
Africana Studies, UNM
India Rael Young
PhD Candidate, Art and Art History, UNM

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