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Contemporary Musicals with Impactful Messages

Presented by:

Megan McQueen

Musical Theatre Artist and Educator

  1. Thursday, January 17:  "Hamilton," multicultural casting
  2. Tuesday January 22:  “Dear Evan Hansen,” anti-bullying and suicide prevention
  3. Thursday January 24:   “Come From Away,” dispelling xenophobia
  4. Tuesday January 29:   “Fun Home,” LGBTQ issues

Songs will be performed at each session

Tuesdays and Thursdays
January 17, 22, 24 & 29


The Intersection Large and Small: Particle Physics and the Universe

Presented by:

Drs. Robert Cooper and Steve Pate
Department of Physics, NMSU

  1. Relativity Large and Small: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves Part 1: colliding supermassive objects warping the fabric of space-time
  2. Relativity Large and Small: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves Part 2: particle physics emerging from extreme astrophysical events
  3. Unseen Attraction: Dark Matter in the Universe: dark matter perhaps holding galaxies into the shapes we see.
  4. When Stars go BOOM: Supernovae and Neutrinos: current state of neutrino physics and neutrino astrophysics

Lectures 1 & 2 by Dr. Pate; Lectures 3 & 4 by Dr. Cooper

Mondays and Wednesday
February 4, 6, 11 & 13


Contemporary Issues in Russia, China, Latin America and East-South Africa

Presented by:

Drs. Nathan Brooks, Ken Hammond, Inigo Garcia-Bryce,           Department of History 

Dr. Miriam Chaiken, Department of Anthropology and Dean Honors College NMSU

1.“Russia” by Dr. Nathan Brooks
2. “China“ by Dr. Ken Hammond
3. “Latin America” by Dr. Inigo Garcia-Bryce
4. “East-South Africa” by Dr. Miriam Chaiken

Tuesdays and Thursdays

March 5, 7, 12 & 14


The Border Economy

Organized by:

Jim Peach, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus,
Department of Economics, NMSU

  1. "An Overview of the Border Region" by Dr. Peach
  2. "Economic Development in the Border Region" by Jon Barela, CEO Borderplex Alliance
  3. "Border Health Issues" by Jill McDonald, College of Health and Social Services, NMSU
  4. "Border Security" by Aaron Hull, Chief Border Patrol Agent, El Paso Sector,

Mondays and Wednesdays

April 8, 10, 15, & 17


The Process of Film Making

Presented by:

Ross Marks Group
Creative Media Institute and other institutions

  1. “Directing; Pre-Production and Post-Production” by Ross Marks
  2. “The Process of Writing a Screen Play” by Mark Medoff or Joe Bullock
  3. "The Role of the Producer: Finances, Distribution and Deals” by Brian Espinosa, Producer/Talent Manager based in Los Angeles.
  4. “Editing: The Final Process of Assembling a Film” by Robert Lambert, Award Winning Editor based in Los Angeles.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

May 7, 9, 14, & 16