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World Dance

Presented by Prof. Frank Gilpin
Dept. of Human Performance, Dance & Recreation,NMSU

I will start by initiating a brief movement component of around 20 minutes for the group to explore the "roots" of each topic, then present a power point with pertinent video clips ending with a group discussion to share view points and summarize.

  • Lecture 1: The Power and Spirituality of Dance.
  • Lecture 2: Dance of Realms and Social Dance.
  • Lecture 3: Classic Dance and Dance in New Worlds.
  • Lecture 4: "Modern" Dance and where dance has gone and may go driven by global and market forces.
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays May 13, 15 20, and 22

Part II. Observations of Earth from Space

Presented by Dr. Thomas Schmugge, Volunteer,
Water Resources Research Institute, NMSU

Some of the basic principles of remote sensing from space will be reviewed, and examples of space data for climate change and water resources in New Mexico will be given.

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday , April 8, 10

Part I. Salt of the Earth: the Historic Struggle of Mexican American Laborers in Grant County , NM

Presented by Elisa Sanchez, Creator and former director of engaging Latino Communities for Education, NMSU.

This is a personal story of a labor strike which involved Mexican American women and national politics during the McCarthy era. this event led to the making of the blacklisted film, "Salt of the Earth", which will be shown during this presentation.

Dates:Tuesday and Thursday, April 1,3

Weather and Climate

Presented by Dr. Dave DuBois
State Climatologist,
Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, NMSU

Our atmosphere and its manifestation through weather and climate have intrigued us all at one point including some notable scientists in the past including Hippocrates, Aristotle, Newton, Pascal, Benjamin Franklin, Dalton, and Rossby just to name a few.

We will first touch on the history of weather measurements over time and how they shaped society and our world.

The second talk will be close to home and cover climates and weather patterns found in New Mexico. Extremes such as floods, heat waves, cold snaps, and severe weather are important topics and will be discussed. As we face a multi-year drought, its definition, impacts, forecasts, and man's attempts to mitigate it will also be covered. The last half of the lectures will focus on the human fingerprint on our atmosphere.

The third talk will cover the history of air pollution and effects on our earth.

The final lecture will cover the basic elements of climate change of the past, present, and possible future.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays March 17, 19, 24, and 26

Contemporary Native Americans

Presented by Donald D. Pepion, Ed.D.
College Professor Anthropology, NMSU.

A broad portrait of presented day Native Americans will include the topics: Who or What is an Indian? Case Studies of the Iroquois and the Blackfeet; Southwest American Indians, case studies of the Hopi and the Navajo.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays February 3,5,10, & 12.

Islam and the West: Cultural Contacts, Conflicts, and Exchanges

Presented by Dr. Margaret Malamud, Professor of History, NMSU

  • Lecture 1: Examination of the origins of Islam and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity.
  • Lecture 2: Exploration of how Islamic civilization made the European Renaissance possible.
  • Lecture 3 & 4: Analysis of the Crusades and the Reconquest of Spain and their enduring legacies.
  • Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays January 14, 16, 21 & 23

In the Service of the Institution

Presented by Martha Andrews, Univeristy Achivist for NMSU Library.

Lecture I: New Mexico Aggies at War: 1941-1945: The World War II Correspondence of Dean Daniel B. Jett.

Dean Jett carried on a personal correspondence with hundreds of his former students stationed stateside and throughout the world. His energy and enthusiasm boosted morale and created a unique legacy of insight into the lives of young men and women involved in cataclysmic world events. The nearly 5000 letters speak eloquently for themselves, so this lecture will take the form of a reading with commentary and multi-media enhancement.

Lecture II: New Mexico State College's Forgotten Presidents: Luther Foster, Winfred E. Garrison, George E. Ladd, and Austin D. Crile.

These four presidents, variously degreed in agriculture, geology and theology, labored to establish a firm foundation of responsible administration for New Mexico's land-grant institution as New Mexico transitioned from Territory to Statehood. One by one, however, they were made to "walk the plank" because their ambitions crashed up against the prevailing-and shifting-political landscape.

Dates: Monday and Wednesday December 9, 11

Science and the Secrets of Nature

Presented by Dr. William Neaman, NMSU Regents Professor of History

The idea that science should, in principle, be public knowledge is imbedded in our understanding of how science should comport itself. Science must be public so that its claims can be tested. Secrecy, most agree, has no place in science. But, curiously, this was not always the case. For centuries "secrets" and secrecy played an important role in science. This program will look at the tensions between secrecy and public knowledge through an examination of the "books of secrets" from the Middle Ages through the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. These strange and esoteric works, containing the accumulated experiments and observations of craftsmen, alchemists, and magicians, fascinated intellectuals because they promised access to "secrets of nature" known only to a few. During the Renaissance, the books of secrets exploded into popularity, generating immense curiosity about how nature worked, not merely how it looked, and offering readers a hands-on, experimental approach that made traditional science seem abstract and sterile.

Beginning in classical antiquity, the program will look at the idea of the "secrets of nature" and how it shaped scientific attitudes; then move on to examine the Arabic "secret sciences" of alchemy, astrology, and magic and their assimilation into medieval natural philosophy; and finally to an exploration of how the tradition of esotericism gave way to the modern idea of science as public knowledge.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays November 4, 6, 11, 13

We Live in an Interconnected World

Presented by Paul O'Connell

From economic, cultural, health, security & political perspectives the world is now interconnected. In the initial session of this series, Dr. O'Connell will review his 11 years with the World Bank- discussing who created it and why, type of loans, how project management works, success and failure over the last 65 years, and his involvement. The second session will discuss implications of trends such as gobalization, improvements in technology, increased inequality, and managing the federal debt. The third session will look at contending economic theories - Capitalist, Marxist and Keynesian- and how they impact today's economic and political divisions. In the final session, Dr. O'Connell will discuss his recent economic development experiences in Afghanistan.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays October 15, 17, 22, 24

Struggling to Create Justice in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Presented by Dr. Duran

Dr. Duran is the author of a recent book on gangs,"Gang Life in Two Cities: An Insider's Journey." He will present a series of four lectures on this topic.

  1. Overview of crime, violence, inequality, and criminal justice
  2. Understanding Gang Violence
  3. Addressing Police Violence
  4. Empowerment from One Generation to the Next

Dates: Tuesdays September 10, 17, 24 and Thursday September 19

Shakespeare's Major Tragedies as Chivalric Romances

Presented By Michael L. Hays-PH.D.

The protagonists' deaths in Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear define these major plays as tragedies. However significant the protagonists are, they are only a part of the play. What about the other parts of the play? What about their successors: Malcolm, Fortinbras, Cassio, and Edgar? The tradition of chivalric romance, the most popuar literature throughout Shakespeare's lifetime, suggest answers. Shakespeare, whose life in the theater began as a chivalric revival swept Elizabethan England, exploited this literary tradition. In these plays, he used its features to define protagonists and successors, frame the protagonists' tragic deaths, and provide successors vindicating romance.

Tuesdays and Thursdays April 16, 18, 23, & 25

Genetics and Its Impact on Medicine and Agriculture

Dr. Champa Gopalan

I will review the field of Genetics from the time of mendel, who showed the relationship between the inheritance of genes and the outcomes of the traits in organisms, to our present understanding of genetics at the molecular level. Included in this review will be the genetic code, DNA replication, transcription of DNA into messenger RNA, translation of mRNA into proteins that are essential parts of organisms. The process of gene mutation, its consequences, and its uses in biotech processes that lead to the development of products of great use for the benefit of humans will be discussed.

The Rocky Road to the White House 2012,

Presented by Nancy Baker

Bumps, potholes, hairpin turns, steep on-ramps, quick exit ramps, diversions, disasters and more, as we examine who got on the road, who got to the end, how the winner did it, and why it matters.

Narco Violence in Mexico: Drug Wars or Human Rights Disaster?

Presented by Molly Molloy, Research Librarian, NMSU; Editor and Translator and
Charles Bowden, Award Winning Author

I. The history and background of the Mexican drug trade and violence.

II. Hyper-violence in Ciudad, Juarez (and elsewhere in Mexico) 2008--present: Statistics, demographics of victims, impunity.

III. The myth and reality of spillover violence from Mexico into the border region of the US.

IV. The real spillover: Refugees, asylum seekers, businesses, and more. The human costs of US drug, immigration, trade, economic, and homeland security policies.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, April 10, 12, 17, 19, 2012

Economic Policies and a Tour of the Heavens

Presented by Dr. Jim Peach, Regents Professor of Economics, NMSU
Dr. Don Neidig, Emeritus Astronomer, National Solar Observatory

Mar 5. The continuing recession and its effects on the NM economy, particularly the poor, and how poverty is primarily a policy decision rather than a lack of resources or technology.

Mar 7. A brief history of U.S. energy policy, why a national energy policy is needed, and why such a plan is an unlikely outcome of current policy debates.

Mar 12. Building a map of the heavens, and using it to "take a tour" of the stars, constellations, and the best known sky wonders and their physical interpretations.

Mar 14. The problem of measuring the brightness of the Sun and its evolution in time, and how the Sun's output affects life and climate in past, present, and future.

Mondays and Wednesdays, March 5, 7, 12, 14, 2012

Jazz Basics: With Great Recordings and Videos

Presented by Dr. James E. Shearer, Regents Professor of Music,

The basic components that make jazz a unique art form that has endured for over 100 years will be presented by listening to the music, viewing historic video material of jazz greats and their life stories; looking closely at today's most successful young artists; paying homage to the artist who pioneered the style of music that many are now calling "America's Classical Music".

I - Historic overview and jazz timeline.

II - The Rhythm Section: From Jelly Roll Morton, through Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, up to today.

III - The Horn Players: Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Ornette Coleman, and today's jazz stars.

IV - The Singers: Early blues singers, Sinatra, Ella, and Louis Armstrong, and brilliant young singers including Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, and Michael Buble.

Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb 20, 22, 27, 29, 2012

From Sun Worshipers to Space Travelers: New Mexico's History

Presented by Dr. Jon Hunner, Professor of History, NMSU

This will be an overview of New Mexico's history to celebrate the centennial year of statehood. Surveying the people who have lived in the Land of Enchantment from sun worshipers to space travelers. This is an engaging and informative series of lectures that encompasses the rich heritage and deep history of the State.

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 23, 25, 30, and February 1, 2012

A Potpourri of Art and Science

Presented by Dr. Donald F. Neidig, Emeritus Astronomer, National Solar Observatory

I. A richly illustrated presentation exploring the stunning achievements of modern realism in painting and its roots in earlier art.

II. Ancient eclipses, changes in Earth's rotation, and the art of timekeeping as they apply in science and everyday life. Remarkable parallels are drawn between the creative processes of art and science.

Tuesday and Thursdays December 6 and 8, 2011

Debts, Deficits, and the U.S. Economy: What's Real & What's Not

Presented by Dr. Jim Peach, Regents Professor of Economics, NMSU and colleagues

  1. Debts & Deficits: Do we have a problem?

    Jim Peach, Professor of Economics

  2. Tax Myths

    Richard Adkisson, Professor of Economics

  3. What's New in Banking and Finance?

    Chris Erickson, Associate Professor of Economics

  4. International Comparisons of the Size and Role of Governments

    Michael Ellis, Professor of Economics (Ret.)

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 7, 9, 14, 16, 2011

The Arab Revolutions: A Historic Moment in the Middle East

Presented by Dr. Yosef Lapid, Regents Professor of Government, NMSU

Europe and the U.S. were taken by surprise by the revolutionary changes sweeping the Arab world since the beginning of 2011. Now that some of the Middle East protests and revolts are well over nine months old, some tentative assessments can be made regarding the root causes and longer term impact of these dramatic events. Are we witnessing the emergency of a "new" Middle East'? Are the dreams of a democratic Middle East for real or will these dreams turn out to be more of nightmare, at least in the short term? In this series of four lectures we will explore different aspects of the question. What domestic, regional, and international forces fueled these revolts and forced ruthless autocratic leaders out of power? What are the ramifications of a reshaped Arab world for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East? What are the ramifications for the Isreal-Palestin conflict? What are the ramifications for women's rights and genuine democratic change in the Middle East?

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 10,12,17, and 19, 2011

Literary Monsters and 19th Century England

Presented by Dr. Harriet Linkin, Professor of English, NMSU

A short course in the 19th century monsters that haunt the British imagination: Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Christabel (what can be said and not said before one is ostracized from the community): Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (the nightmare of scientific reproduction): Bram Stoker's Dracula (the anxiety of the east for British imperialism and its connection to gender roles); and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (the pressure of representing benevolent patriarchy as desire rears its very ugly head).

Wednesdays and Mondays, September 7, 12, 14, 19, 2011

Behind a Camera: Views of a Photojournalist

Presented by Alan Soloman, Photojournalist

The stories behind the stories covered for almost fifty year, taking you inside the world of how covering the news works. The presentation will include dozens of photos of events from the stars to presidents, including the transition from film photography to digital and how photos are transmitted around the world.

Mondays and Wednesdays, May 9, 11, 16, 18, 2011

The Heart and Soul of Popular Music

Presented by Dr. Arthur Berkeley, George Washington University

  • Elvis and the birth of rock and roll
  • The Beatles and the growth of rock and roll
  • Folk music - where have all the flowers gone?
  • Frank Sinatra and the Great American Songbook.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 15, 20, 22, 2011

The Beauty of Mathematics, Old and New

Presented by Dr. Patrick Morandi and Dr. David Pengelley, Professors of Mathematics, NMSU

A view of mathematics for the layperson. Escher's tessellation art and the mathematics behind it. Number theory and the first woman to do important research in mathematics. Whole number arithmetic, codes, cryptography, and information security. Mathematical comparisons and classifications of geometric shapes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays March 1, 3, 8, 10, 2011

Africa Today

Presented by Dr. Miriam Chaiken and Dr. W. Thomas Conelly, Professors of Anthropology, NMSU

While the news of Africa is dominated by negative images of poverty, hunger, disease, and violence, many Americans assume that Africa has always been "primitive" and that there is little hope for change or an improved quality of life. While recognizing the serious issues that Africans face, we will challenge some of these negative stereotypes and discuss new strategies for introducing positive change. Topics will include African history, rural agricultural life, and the contributions of development programs in Africa, with a focus on gender issues and health care initiatives.

Mondays and Wednesdays, February 7, 9, 14, 16, 2011

Hollywood Falls in Love

Presented by Dr. Sarah Hagelin, Assistant Professor of English, NMSU

Romantic comedy on film from the 1930's to the present in social and cultural context.

Tuesday and Thursday, December 14 and 16, 2010

Chasing Oppie: J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West

Presented by Dr. Jon Hunner, Academic Head of the History Department, NMSU

Oppenheimer's life, his role in creating atomic weapons, and how he influenced the early cold war. At the end of World War II, he was considered by many as a hero, but a mere ten years later, the US Government stripped him of his security clearance on suspicion that he was a Soviet spy. Also considered, the impact of nuclear weapons and energy on the US and the world since 1945.

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 2010

Encountering Contemporary Art

Presented by Dr. Stephanie Taylor, Assistant Professor of Art, NMSU

  • Bad Boys & Naughty Girls: Offense and Defense in Contemporary Art
  • Installation Art and Intermedia: Blurring the Boundaries of Contemporary Art
  • Everything Old is New Again: Recycled Ideas & Materials in Contemporary Art
  • Globalism: Expanding the Boundaries of Contemporary Art

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 4, 6, 11, 13, 2010

Biology of Global Change

Presented by Dr. Vincent Gutschick, Professor Emeritus of Biology, NMSU

Biological links from greenhouse gasses and climate change to crops, health, and ecosystems, and from vegetation back to climate change.

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 13, 15, 20, 22, 2010

Energy, Water, Environment, and Policy

Presented by Dr. Abbas Ghassemi, Director, Institute for Energy & the Environment, Dr. Vimal Chaitanya, VP for Research, Graduate Studies, & International Programs, Dr. Steven Loring, Dr. Corey Asbill, Dr. Luis Estrada, Dr. Meghan Starbuck and Dr. Satish Ranade, NMSU

Critical issues in energy technology, sustainability, and economics. Renewable energies and emerging research at NMSU.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 11, 13, 18, 20, 2010

The Secret War in El Paso

Presented by Dr. Charles H. Harris, III and Dr. Louis Ray Sadler, Retired NMSU Professors

Mexican revolutionary intrigue on the border:


Mondays and Wednesdays, April 12, 14, 19, 21, 2010

Know Your State and Local Government

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Greater Las Cruces

County: Jess Williams, Public Information

Las Cruces: Terrence Moore, City Manager

State: Dr. Jose Garcia, Department of Government, NMSU

State Budget: Ruth Hoffman, Director Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM

People, politics, action, issues. Your state and local government is where it's at. Learn more about how decisions that affect your everyday life in Las Cruces are made.

Mondays and Wednesdays, March 15, 17, 22, 24, 2010

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