Upcoming Lectures

Josephine Baker: A Black Venus in Europe 

Tiffany Florvil, Ph.D., UNM
February 9, 2020 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM School of Architecture, George Pearl Hall

African American entertainer Josephine Baker, also known as the “Black Pearl” and the “Creole Goddess,” made a huge splash in 1925 when she arrived in Paris, France. Her Danse Sauvage, performed with a banana skirt and exuding exoticism and sensuality, established her as the biggest Black female star in the world, traveling across Europe and the globe. Baker’s presence helped to change the cultural landscape of interwar Europe and contributed to a new understanding of African American culture. Tiffany Florvil shares her path to stardom, her performances, her involvement in the French Resistance and later civil rights activism, as well as her important legacy beyond her celebrity. +More Info

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Breaking Carbon’s Grip: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future for the U.S., New Mexico and the World 

Melanie Kenderdine, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
February 21, 2020 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Journal Auditorium
7777 Jefferson Blvd. NE

Continents are on fire.  Glaciers are melting. The impact of mankind’s “carbon footprint” is driving climate change with growing and increasingly dire consequences.  Deep decarbonization by mid-century is essential but two thirds of the countries that signed on to the Paris Agreement are not meeting their targets.  Also, clean energy technologies to enable a low carbon future will use significantly higher amounts of metals and minerals than conventional energy sources; many of these resources are not found in the US, raising a range of new energy security concerns for the planet’s survival.  Melanie Kenderdine’s talk will help us better grasp the problem and consider possible solutions.   +More Info

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