Andrew Connors

Latin American Baroque in Music, Art, and Architecture

Andrew Connors, Albuquerque Museum
December 11, 2016

Baroque found its most flamboyant expression in the music, art, and architecture of the 16th – 18th century Latin America. Andrew Connors will take us on the most fascinating tour of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

Hal Atencio

Making Babies With or Without Sex: New Reproductive Technologies around the World

Harold Atencio, J.D.
November 18, 2016

What was recently considered science fiction is now reality. Now you can make babies without sex! Legal systems around the world are trying to catch up. What happens when people ignore the laws? Can states take children because they disagree with the way they were born? Can we use assisted reproductive techniques to eliminate genetic diseases? Test tube babies are growing up. Are we ready?

Andrew Connors

Great Museums of the World: Quito, Ecuador

Andrew Connors, Albuquerque Museum
November 13, 2016

From the sublime to the almost ridiculous, Quito, Ecuador houses some of the most spectacular and interesting museums in the Western Hemisphere. Andrew Connors will give a virtual tour of Quito’s great museums.

Melissa Bokovoy

25 Years Later: The Former Yugoslavia Revisited

Dr. Melissa Bokovoy, UNM
October 23, 2016

What was Yugoslavia? Why did it collapse? Did it have to? Dr. Bokovoy will discuss the war of memories in light of the Wars of Yugoslav Succession, EU ascension of Slovenia and Croatia, and the continuing search for identity among the peoples of ex-Yugoslavia.

Margaret Jackson

Of Monuments and Kings at Tikal, Guatemala

Dr. Margaret Jackson, UNM
October 9, 2016

Do monuments tell stories? This lecture introduces the relationship between kingship and monumental art at the site of Tikal, Guatemala. Tikal’s famous pyramids, stelae and acropolis allow us to consider what royal display, art and architecture may (or may not) tell us about Maya dynastic history.

Nathan Brown

Five Years after the Arab Uprisings: Are Autocracy or Anarchy the Only Options?

Dr. Nathan Brown, George Washington University
September 30, 2016

Dr. Brown will discuss the consequences of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Did the uprisings fail? Is there any hope for healthier and more democratic political systems in the Arab world?

9/11: Fifteen Years Later - The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of a Global Symbol

9/11: Fifteen Years Later – The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of a Global Symbol

Dr. Brian Goldstein, UNM
September 11, 2016

The World Trade Center developed into a celebrated global symbol, but so too did that symbolic status contribute to its eventual demise. Yet recent efforts to rebuild the center’s site have not denied this status amidst a changing geopolitical context. Dr. Goldstein’s talk will trace the history of this most iconic global symbol.

Toby Jones

Saudi Arabia and the New Middle East Cold War

Dr. Toby Jones, Rutgers University
August 28, 2016

Saudi Arabia and Iran have emerged as the Middle East’s most powerful countries. Driven partly by mutual enmity and partly by suspicion, Riyadh and Tehran have increasingly sought to contain and confront one another on battlegrounds across the region, from Yemen to Syria. What drives Saudi Arabia’s fears about Iran? How is the kingdom pursuing its interests and at what cost?

Patricia Risso

Power and Architecture in the Middle East

Dr. Patricia Risso, UNM
August 14, 2016

Islamic regimes in the Middle East used architecture to convey impressions of their wealth and power. This talk will look at the Umayyad Kingdom’s Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (late 7th c.), the Mamluk Sultanate’s Hasan Mosque in Cairo (14th c.), the Ottoman Aya Sophia in Istanbul (15th c.), and the Safavid Shah Mosque complex in Isfahan (early 17th c).

Terry McNearney

New Viruses: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Dr. Terry McNearney, M.D.
July 29, 2016 (Fri)

Since the advent of fast, affordable air, train and car travel, infectious containment of emerging pandemics has become much more problematic for medical personnel, public health officials and governments. Emerging viruses will continue to be a threat as global travel encroaches on and expands to previously isolated tribes, animals and environments. This lecture will touch on what biomedical science is doing to prepare for and respond to this challenge and what world travelers can do to protect themselves here and abroad.

Marina Oborotova

Great Museums of the World: The Hermitage

Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS-AIA
July 10, 2016

Founded by the Russian empress Catherine the Great in 1764 as “hermit’s retreat”, the Hermitage became one of the largest museums in the world. It comprises over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Dr. Oborotova will take you on a virtual tour of the Hermitage, talk about the museum’s history and show you some of its treasures – Leonardo’s and da Vinci’s Madonnas, Rembrandts’ portraits and Impressionists’ landscapes.

Charles Steen

Great Museums of the World: Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

Dr. Charlie Steen, UNM
June 12, 2016

One of the largest and most interesting art museums in the world is the Rijksmuseum. The State Museum has an unparalleled collection of paintings and objects of material culture, prints and classic photography. Dr. Steen will take us on a tour of what is, without doubt, one of the best art museums in the world.

Aroop Mangalik

Cancer and Culture: Facing a Fate We Fear

Dr. Aroop Mangalik, M.D.
June 5, 2016

Cancer is a terrifying and tremendously complicated disease. In America we fear it and fight it. Death itself is an enemy to be defeated. But other cultures do not respond this way. In India, for example, death is viewed as a natural part of the cycle of life. Dr. Mangalik’s lecture will compare the impact of these two cultures on cancer treatment and research — Indian family-centeredness versus American individualism, faith in fate versus faith in science and, in particular, the role of the physician and scientist as hero.

Oaxacan Cuisine & Oaxacan Mezcal in the Global Market

Oaxacan Cuisine & Oaxacan Mezcal in the Global Market

Dr. Ronda Brulotte, UNM
May 8, 2016

Dr. Ronda Brulotte will discuss the sociologically complex field of production, marketing, consumption, and connoisseurship surrounding Oaxacan mezcal as it emerges in the global market.

Bassam Haddad

Understanding the Syrian Tragedy: Causes and Dynamics of the Uprising

Dr. Bassam Haddad, George Mason University
May 1, 2016

This talk addresses the background and dynamics of the Syrian uprising, ending with the last chapter, the Russian intervention and the stumbling efforts at establishing a cease-fire.