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 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
1634 University Blvd. NE

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. +More Info

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 (Tue) 3:00 – 5:00 pm
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
1634 University Blvd. NE

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? +More Info

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Islamic Influence on Spanish Colonial Art

Islamic Influence on Spanish Colonial Art

Robin Gavin, Chief Curator, Spanish Colonial Arts Society (retired)
October 14, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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. +More Info

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Africa and Its Global Implications

The Humanitarian Crisis in Africa and Its Global Implications

Dr. Robert Hitchcock
November 2, 2018 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
1634 University Blvd NE

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.  +More Info

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Andrew Connors

The Cultural Diversity of Spain

Andrew Connors, Director of the Albuquerque Museum
November 11, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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. +More Info

Margaret Jackson

If Pyramids Could Talk: Moche Monumental Art in Ancient Peru

Dr. Margaret Jackson, Associate Professor, UNM
December 2, 2018 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Albuquerque Museum
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

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. +More Info