What is Hinduism?

What is Hinduism?

V.M. (Nitant) Kenkre, UNM
March 10, 2019

Dr. Kenkre will discuss aspects of Hinduism including its scriptures such as the Bhagwad Geeta, considered a central representative of Hindu philosophical thought, and also Patanjali’s Yogasutras, associated often with the practice of Yoga. He will describe some of the varied religious practices of the Hindus including Yadnya and Pooja, and touch upon the origin and aspects of a few customs puzzling to outsiders, for instance the notorious caste system.

NATO in the 21st Century

NATO in the 21st Century

Lt. General Frank Kisner
March 1, 2019

The NATO Alliance’s first 40 years were focused on a defense of Western Europe from USSR attack, but following the events of the last decade of the 20th century there was much speculation on a change for NATO strategic guidance, and yet nearly two decades after the Fall of the Wall, and after NATO opened its membership to nations from the former Soviet Union, why does Russia maintain its top-of-the-list position as the principal antagonist? Frank Kisner will provide an overview on NATO, on what the Alliance is doing today, and share perspectives on how member nations have been influenced by the past, affected by the present, and what that might mean for future relations with Russia.

China’s Great Gamble:  Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

China’s Great Gamble: Can China’s Government Create a Technological Superpower?

Barry Naughton, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
February 22, 2019

Over the past several years, China’s government has launched an unprecedented effort to steer its economy through a new technological revolution and create a vast new infrastructure network knitting together China and its Asian neighbors.  Less widely noticed, China’s leaders are attempting to achieve this through an entirely new model of a “government-steered market economy.”  China’s efforts create new sources of risk and have already led to intensified friction with the United States.  Professor Naughton will describe and discuss what we know right now about the bigger picture, the likely balance of success and failure, and what is at stake.

Architecture of India

Architecture of India

Sanjay Kadu & Sajini Badrinarayan, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
February 10, 2019

In their presentation, two brilliant Indian-American architects –  Sanjay Kadu and Sajini Bandrinarayan – will give you a splendid introduction to the Indo-Saracenic Architecture style of the great Mysore Palace, Dravidian architecture in south India, and the Indo-Portuguese architecture with Mughal influence adorning Goa’s landscape. They will also provide insight into the principles that guided ancient temple designs and its influence on Indian Architecture.

Taxes Around the World

Taxes Around the World

T.R. Reid, Award-winning Journalist
January 25, 2019

Do Americans pay more tax or less than citizens of other rich democracies? (Answer: far less). Could our tax system be fairer? Could it be simpler? (Answers: Yes, and Yes). Reid will take us on a world tour of tax systems and the efforts to reform them and will show how the design of a tax system can enhance rather than hobble economies. Doing our taxes will never be America’s favorite pastime, but Reid will give us useful ideas as we cope with the tax reform changes.

Gauguin, Modern Art, and its Ancient Sources

Gauguin, Modern Art, and its Ancient Sources

Dr. Diana McDonald, Ph.D.
January 13, 2019

Much of modern art is viewed in the present, in a sort of vacuum. But where did it really come from? Why were artists in the late 19th century and the early 20th century looking at, and borrowing from, what they deemed “Primitive Art”?  What are the traditions that lay behind much of modern European and American art: Abstraction, Cubism, Color Field painting, Earth Art, and more? Dr. McDonald will explore the ancient art that reverberated through the ages, down to us, with an emphasis on Pre-Columbian art (also called Ancient American or Pre-Hispanic Art) that inspired artists, especially Gauguin, Henry Moore, Paul Klee and others.

Margaret Jackson

If Pyramids Could Talk: Moche Monumental Art in Ancient Peru

Dr. Margaret Jackson, Associate Professor, UNM
December 2, 2018

If pyramids could talk what might they tell us? Over a span of 800 years or more, the Moche people of Peru’s north coast created dazzling works in precious metals, textiles and ceramics, leaving behind an extensive corpus of vivid pictorial imagery. Focusing on major mural cycles at the Huaca de La Luna/Pyramid of the Moon, and related materials from the Royal Tombs of Sipan and other sites, this talk will address these questions and highlight the speaker’s personal investigations of Moche art. 

Andrew Connors

The Cultural Diversity of Spain

Andrew Connors, Director of the Albuquerque Museum
November 11, 2018

In slides and music Andrew Connors will explore the cultural diversity inherent throughout the history of Spain, the threshold between Europe and North Africa. For millennia Spain has benefited from the arrival of new communities bringing foods, languages, literature, poetry, science, mathematics, music, art traditions, and ideas. This polyglot culture, like that of the United States, is thus hard to identify, but easy to celebrate. From prehistory, through the Celts and Romans, and Jews, and Muslims, into the Christian period, Spanish arts allow us to celebrate cultural openness. Using primarily works of art from the Hispanic Society of America collection on view at the Albuquerque Museum beginning November 10, 2018, Connors will discuss the wealth of knowledge we can gain from new communities willing to contribute their best to a new land.

The Humanitarian Crisis in Africa and Its Global Implications

The Humanitarian Crisis in Africa and Its Global Implications

Dr. Robert Hitchcock
November 2, 2018

The combination of drought, conflict, and governance issues in Africa in the past decade has led to a massive humanitarian crisis in which millions of people have had to leave their homes. A substantial portion of the world’s refugee and internally displaced peoples are in Sub-Saharan Africa. This talk will focus on the causes and consequences of the humanitarian crisis in Africa and will explore some of the innovative strategies that have been employed to cope with the crisis, from promoting local-level conflict resolution mechanisms to promoting programs that expand entrepreneurial, employment, and income generation activities. 

Islamic Influence on Spanish Colonial Art

Islamic Influence on Spanish Colonial Art

Robin Gavin, Chief Curator, Spanish Colonial Arts Society (retired)
October 14, 2018

Robin Gavin will highlight the enduring influence of Islamic arts and culture on the arts and culture of New Spain and the American Southwest through architecture, ceramics, silverwork, textiles, language and agriculture.

The World Following the Demise of  US – Russia Arms Control

The World Following the Demise of US – Russia Arms Control

Ambassador Linton Brooks
October 2, 2018

For fifty years the nuclear balance between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia has been regulated by a series of bi-lateral treaties and agreements culminating in the current New START Treaty.  This era is about to end. How will the end of arms control affect U.S. national security and strategic stability between Russia and the United States?  What will we lose and what can be done to mitigate that loss?

Immigrants in the U.S:  New Trends and Issues

Immigrants in the U.S: New Trends and Issues

D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center
September 21, 2018

News headlines are filled with stories about young unauthorized, immigrant Dreamers, war-zone refugees, and temporary digital workers from India – but how do they fit into the bigger picture of immigration to the U.S.? D’Vera Cohn will describe immigration’s role in reshaping the U.S. population, paint a portrait of the nation’s immigrants today, and look ahead to their possible future.

Great Museums of the World: The Louvre

Great Museums of the World: The Louvre

Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel, Associate Professor, UNM
September 9, 2018

The Louvre – one of the most widely visited museums in the world -holds a dazzling collection of art from the past, while it is a continuously changing and vibrant civic institution. Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel will present the cultural and political history of the Louvre Museum by focusing on selected masterpieces from the collections.

New Mexico’s Booming Trade with Mexico:  A View from the Border

New Mexico’s Booming Trade with Mexico: A View from the Border

Jerry Pacheco, International Business Accelerator
August 24, 2018

In this lecture, Mr. Pacheco will review New Mexico’s trade with Mexico and how Mexican trade is supplanting Intel’s role in the state’s exports and how Santa Teresa is poised to become the largest exporting base in New Mexico, surpassing exports from the Albuquerque metro area. Mr. Pacheco will also examine the developments in the Santa Teresa project and how the Trump administration is affecting New Mexico’s trade with Mexico.

Katya Crawford

Landscape Architecture: Our 21st Century Superhero

Katya Crawford, Associate Professor, UNM
August 12, 2018

In a world facing rapid urbanization, environmental destruction and social unrest, how can design, large and small, create healthy, beautiful, generative spaces for all? This talk reveals the power of landscape architecture to delight and heal, inspire and transform. Examples of local and international projects will transport the attendees into the magical realm of landscape architecture, giving clarity and depth to a largely underrepresented and misunderstood profession.