Community Meet and Greet | Cynthia Chavez Lamar


April 28, 2022 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Clark Field Archive Library, Department of Anthropology Room 171

Cynthia Chavez Lamar, a University of New Mexico alumna 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 and 29. 

An enrolled member of San Felipe Pueblo, with Hopi, Tewa and Navajo ancestry, Chavez Lamar earned her doctorate in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She was named the third director of the NMAI in January of this year. She is the first Native woman to direct a Smithsonian Museum. A distinguished public scholar and leader with a long career in collaborative work with Native communities, Chavez Lamar was involved with the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at its founding. Her visit celebrates Ortiz’s legacy and the importance of the collaborative work that the center promotes and funds. 

Anyone interested in talking with Chavez Lamar can sign up for a 5-10 minute slot here.

Anyone who needs a UNM parking permit (good for the day), can contact the department here and it will be ready upon arrival.