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September

Modern Classical Music You Will Actually Want To Hear

Presented by:

Dr. James Shearer

Professor, Dept. of Music, NMSU

  1. The Transition between the 19th and 20th Century: Audiences and Composers go Their Separate Ways - from Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartok to Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern
  2. Europe, 1900 to 1975: Tonal and "accessible" music from France to England to Spain to Sweden to Finland
  3. Music of North and South America: 1900 - 1975, from Aaron Copland, Father of 20th Century Classical Music in America, to other mainstream American composers following in Copland's style, plus composers from Canada, Mexico and Brazil
  4. Modern Classical Music at a Crossroad: Minimalism versus Polystylism and Beyond

Mondays and Wednesday
September 17, 19, 24 & 26

October

Knowing our Doña Ana County Communities: Colonias

Presented by:

Silvia Sierra, MA;
Dr. Guillermina Gina Nuñez-Mchiri, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UTEP;
Sandra Tatum, MA and
Oscar V. Butler, MA

  1. Context Matters: The Geography and History of our Colonias on the US/Mexico Border
  2. Social and Physical Infrastructure: Colonias and basic human needs such as water, wastewater, and roads
  3. Cultural Capital and Cultural Wealth of Colonia Residents: Challenging Stereotypes and Recognizing Cultural Capital in Colonias Communities
  4. The Webs that Connect Us and the Road We are Taking Together: Interfacing with levels of Government, Non-Profit Organizations and Community Networking

Mondays and Wednesday
October 15, 17, 22 & 24

November

Reflections on US Foreign Relations in the Trump Era

Presented by:

Neal M. Rosendorf, Ph.D. Associate Professor of International Relations, NMSU

For better or for worse, the Trump Administration has radically recast key aspects of American foreign relations, in terms of values stated and unstated, policies undertaken or avoided, and the core issue of the role the United States plays in the world. In this four-lecture suite of presentations and discussions, participants will explore some of the key issues of creating a stable global system that shaped America’s policies and relations since World War II: the international power dynamics that are currently at play; America’s fraught experience of immigration, an underappreciated but critical dimension of US foreign relations that is of especial significance at this historical moment; and the question of where America is headed in its engagement with, or withdrawal from, the world at large.

  1. The Postwar Liberal International System: The World America Made
  2. Power: Hard, Soft, Sharp and Alt-Soft
  3. Immigration: The Other Foreign Relations
  4. Americae et Mundi, Quo Vadis?

Mondays and Wednesdays

November 5, 7, 12 & 14

December

A History of the American West

Presented by:

Dr. Peter Kopp
Associate Professor
Department of History, NMSU

  1. The Origins of the American West
  2. Transcontinental Expansion and Manifest Destiny
  3. The 20th Century West
  4. Case Studies: A History of Hoptopia and a Biography of Fabian Garcia

Mondays and Wednesdays

December 3, 5, 10, & 12