Educate Yourself

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest

You're never too old, or young, to learn something. It makes no difference whether you've just graduated from college or your decades-old diploma is collecting dust on the wall, the classroom can still be an inspirational place for you. While other people are lolling in beach chairs this season with a bestselling book in hand, you could be learning from a bestselling author about how the Internet impacts the way we think. Discover how food shaped Georgia O'Keeffe's life in a Santa Fe cooking class or take an educational tour of one of the world's most impressive Native American art collections. No matter what your interests are, there's no limit to learning in Santa Fe. Here are a few inspiring ideas to get you going.

The School for Advanced Research

A not-for-profit educational institution, SAR works to further innovative social science as well as Native American art. To that end, SAR hosts programming for the public and its members that includes lectures, salons  artist talks, classes, tours and other events.

The upcoming Creative Thought Forum Annual President's Lecture: Minds in the Net: The Journey From Page to Screen, brings “The New York Times” best-selling author Nicholas Carr, to Santa Fe. He'll talk about the evolution of the Internet and how it impacts the way we work, think and live, a thread that unifies his work. Carr's books explore the ways that technology—computers, smartphones and tablets—affects our ways of knowing and thinking and the potential troubles it can cause. His recent book, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains,” was a Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist. His 2008 book, “The Big Switch: Rewriting the World, From Edison to Google,” addresses the economic and cultural consequences of the growing use of cloud computing. Carr speaks this Thursday, May 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the James A. Little Theater.

On Fridays from 2 to 3 pm, SAR offers a fascinating docent-guided tour of its Indian Arts Research Center, the home of a stunning collection of 12,000 art works, including pottery, basketry, jewelry, textiles, paintings, clothing, drums and other treasures. Inside the open storage vaults, you'll see historic works by San Ildefonso Pueblo potters Maria and Julian Martinez and Santa Clara Pueblo painter Pablita Velarde and contemporary works by Cochiti Pueblo painter Mateo Romero, Nambé Pueblo potter Lonnie Vigil along with pieces by many other celebrated artists. The tour offers a unique and compelling opportunity to glean insights into traditional Native American cultures and history.

Santa Fe School of Cooking

The Santa Fe School of Cooking, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, offers a wide range of classes specializing in foods of the Southwest, along with Santa Fe Restaurant Walking Tours and other signature cooking and Southwest food events. If you're an art aficionado, sign up for the “Cooking Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe” class on May 23 at 10 am, and discover the dishes savored by one of America's most iconic artists. O'Keeffe kept a garden and loved simple, seasonal foods and you'll hear stories and learn about her approach to food and art from Margaret Wood, her longtime assistant and author of “ A Painter's Kitchen: Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe .” You'll also learn how to make some of O'Keeffe's recipes, including corn soup, lemon chicken, fried potatoes and Norwegian apple cake. The three-hour class will end with the sharing of a meal.

New Mexico red chile is a regional culinary staple. Learn everything you need to know about it during the cooking school's  “Red Chile Workshop” on June 13 at 2 pm. As anyone will tell you, chile isn't just an ingredient in these parts, it's a way of life, reflecting a long cultural tradition. You'll explore red chile's rich culinary history and find out how to properly prepare the ingredient.  Discover the wide variety of New Mexico's dried chile as you make corn tortillas, roasted tomato and chipotle sauce and red chile sauce made from New Mexican powder as well as pods. By the time this two-hour class ends, you'll be a red chile connoisseur.

Native Americans were the first cooks of America, utilizing ingredients from the lands they farmed, the wilds they foraged and the animals they raised and hunted. Learn all about these native foods and cultures in the cooking school's Native American class on June 21 at 10 am. James Beard award-winning author Lois Ellen Frank,  who holds a PhD in culinary culture, will lead you on a journey through time and place and introduce you to delicious dishes that reflect the traditions and culture of Native America. The menu for this three-hour demo class includes blue corn gnocchi arrowheads with guajillo chile sauce; seasonal greens with jalapeño dressing, lamb-stuffed rellenos with tomato sauce, sweet frybread with seasonal berries and prickly pear syrup.

Northern New Mexico College

Ready to gear up for a new career, or learn some skills you've always yearned to use? Northern New Mexico College offers continuing education and workforce development classes in Española and Santa Fe that just might be right up your alley. Discover the art of mural painting or the secret to horno construction and repair. Always wanted to be a welder? The Intro to Welding class will introduce you to the different ways of welding as well as the proper welding attire.  Time to hone your computer skills? Choose from a wide range of self-paced tutorials such as Introduction to Microsoft Access 2019/Office 365 and Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365. Learn to become a computer technician or a veterinary assistant. The college also offers diverse interactive online courses in communication, data analytics, entrepreneurship and creativity/innovation, as well as leadership, marketing, nonprofit management, international trade and a host of other career-oriented topics.

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