|Bumps, potholes, hairpin turns, steep on-ramps, quick exit ramps, diversions, disaters 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
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
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 Perterson, 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 rotoation, 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
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 ramfications for women's rights and genuine democratic change in the Middle East?
Mondays and Wednesdays, October 10,12,17, and 19, 2011
Literay 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. Jeckyll 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 trainsition 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 floweres 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
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 quaility of life. While recognizing the serious issues that Africans face, we will challenge some of these negative sterotypes 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
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
The Physical Science Laboratory
Presented by Dr. Jay Jordan, Director of Physical Science Laboratory, NMSU
V-2 testing, satellite tracking , near space scientific platforms, UAVS, avionics, atmospheric sciences, Antarctic ops, and more!
Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 9, 11, 16, 18, 2010
Culture & Society of India
Presented by Dr. Chris Erickson, Dr. Grace Ann Roslie, and David Boje of NMSU
Home of Jains, Hindus, and Sikhs, India in the last decade has transformed itself from a traditional society to a dynamic country.
Mondays and Wednesdays, January 18, 20, 25, 27, 2010
"Tis the Season"
Presented by Mike Quigley: Ombusdsman and Aging Advocate
A sense of humor can help soothe the rough edges of our day or the most trying moments of our life. Let's look at it!
Tuesday and Thursday, December 8, 10, 2009
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