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January

*Hamilton*: The Inventive Storytelling of a Musical Sensation

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays January 9, 11, 16 & 18

1. The Hip Hop Origins of *Hamilton*: From Casting and Costuming to Rap Callbacks
Featuring a Live Performance of “Alexander Hamilton”

2. Honoring the History  through the Music 
Featuring Live Performances of “Dear Theodosia” & “Burn”

3. The Traditional Musical Approaches of *Hamilton*
Featuring a Live Performance of “You’ll Be Back”

4. How the Music works with the Movement
Featuring Live Performances of “My Shot” & “The Room Where It Happens”

Presented by Megan McQueen, Assistant Professor Department of Theatre Arts, NMSU


February

Understanding National Political and Economic Realities: Where Are We?

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays February 12, 14, 19 & 21

1. & 2. National Political Realities
Presented by Gregory Butler, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Government, NMSU

3. National and International Economic Realities

4. New Mexico Economic Realities
Presented by Jim Peach, Ph.D. Professor, Dept. of Economics, NMSU

 


March

“A Home in the Heart”:  Listening to the Literary Voices of a Chicanx Tradition, Broad and Deep

Presented by Joyce Garay, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept. of English, NMSU

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays March 5, 7, 12 & 14

1. Naming and History: What is Chicanx Literature? Who are its Voices and What do They Have to Say?

2. Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima: Setting Literary Trajectory

3. Sandra Cisneros’s House on Mango Street: The Latina Boom and Redefinition

4. Examining the Sociopolitical: Ana Castillo and Luis Alberto Urrea


April

The Civil Rights Movement (CRM) and Historical Memory

Presented by Charles Martin, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of History, UTEP

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays April 3, 5, 10 & 12

1. Overview and Origins of the CRM: Long, Short, and Wide Movements: Contrasts with Black Power

2. The Federal Government and Civil Rights: Cold War Pressures: Presidents, Congress, and the Courts

3. The Rise of Dr. MLK Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance: Montgomery Bus Boycott

4. The CRM from the Bottom Up: Community Organizing versus Mass Mobilization: “Local People” and Armed Self-Defense; The Challenge of Black Power; Historical Memory and the Whitewashing of the CRM


May

Fake News and False Leads in the Information Age

The modern news environment. False narratives, and research into why we are so gullible by default. The many faces of fake news. False rhetoric in the 2016 presidential election. The rise of unrestrained social media vs. mainstream media has often seen the latter as playing catch-up.

Wednesday, May 16: The World Through a Millennial’s Eyes
Presented by Dr. David Irvin, NMSU Librarian and former journalist.

Friday, May 18. Either:

The Challenge of Agreeing on One View of Reality and the Consequences of Failing to Do So
Presented by Philosopher/Sociologist (TBD)

OR

Misinformation and Disinformation Concerning the Sciences
Presented by Dr. Donald Neidig, Astrophysicist (retired), Air Force Research Lab

Monday, May 21: Working the Trenches of the News Industry Under Accusations of Fake News
Presented by Walt Rubel, Editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News editorial Page

Wednesday, May 23: Quality Information Seeking Techniques (or, How to Hone Your ‘BS’ Detector)
Presented by Molly Molloy, NMSU librarian and borderlands expert.