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2021 Lecture Archive

The Metropolitan Museum; Behind the Scenes

August 12, 5:30 pm – by Diana McDonald, Ph.D., Boston College Location: Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center 7521 Carmel Ave NE Wyoming & Carmel, N of Paseo Community Event - Tickets Online - $12; at the venue - $15. Tickets Seating is limited. We encourage you...

Borobudur & Angkor Wat: Cosmic Temples

August 26, 5:30 pm by Diana McDonald, Ph.D., Boston College & Rebecca Black, MIT Location:  Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center 7521 Carmel Ave NE Wyoming & Carmel, N of Paseo Tickets The legendary temple of Borobudur, on a sacred plane on the island of...

The Louvre Museum – Art and Politics of a Civic Institution

September 16, 5:30 pm Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel is Associate Professor of European Art and Chair at the Department of Art at UNM. She received her M.A. from Freiburg, Germany, and her Ph.D. from UCLA. Dr. Anderson-Riedel has extensive international experience,...

Nuclear Folly 

July 16, 3pm - by Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University Nearly thirty years after the end of the Cold War, today’s world leaders are abandoning disarmament treaties, building up their nuclear arsenals, and exchanging threats of nuclear strikes. To survive this new atomic...

Pride, Prejudice & Immigration

Eddie Aldrete, Senior VP at IBC Bank  June 25, 3 pm  Tickets   Just when a path forward on immigration began to appear on the horizon, that light at the end of the tunnel is turning out to be a post-pandemic train headed this way. Our need for workers is changing...

Continuity and Change in U.S. Policy Toward Africa

May 7 - 3pm by Judd Devermont, Director, Africa Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Tickets What is the future of U.S. engagement in sub-Saharan Africa? CSIS Africa Program Director Judd Devermont will share his perspective on the...

Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East

April 23, 3:00 pm by Marjolaine Greentree, Regional Protection Advisor, Swiss Cooperation Program,  Middle East Embassy of Switzerland in Jordan Tickets Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, from Libya in North Africa to Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula, have provoked...

Will Mandela Approach Work in Russia?

May 21, 3:00 pm Join us for a talk by Robert Hitchcock and Marina Oborotova about opposition leaders & protest movements in South Africa and Russia followed by discussion and Q & A. Tickets

Ukraine Calling

Marta Dyczok, PhD, University of Western Ontario, Toronto  June 11, 2021, 3:00 pm Tickets

US National Security: the Challenge of Domestic Terrorism

Lecture Date: April 9 - 4:00 pm An interview of professor E. Pope, UT Austin by Doug Wise, CIA (retd), followed by discussion.  Tickets The United States faces many external threats, but the existential threats may be closer to home from domestic terrorism – the...

Architecture of Power: Albert Speer’s Plans for Nazi Berlin

March 12 - 4:00 pm by David G. Winter PhD. As "Hitler's architect," Speer was responsible for translating fantasies of Berlin as the "world capital" Germania into actual plans and buildings — that would both express and also create power. Only a couple of the...

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism

March 7 - 4 pm by Monika Ghattas, PhD.  Following the Mexican Revolution of 1917-1920, the administration of Álfaro Obregón launched a program to create Mexico’s unique identity based on its rich history, its indigenous culture, and colorful folk traditions. It hired...

The Gigaton Challenge: The Urgency of Addressing Climate Change

February 19, 2021 by Melanie Kenderdine, Senior Fellow, the Atlantic Council Tickets @   Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank....

2021 Lecture Series


India/Pakistan Nuclear Issues

India/Pakistan Nuclear Issues

Friday, October 1 from 3-5pm. MIT Professor Vipin Narang, a leading US expert on the subject, will discuss the evolution of India and Pakistan’s security competition since they became nuclear weapons powers in 1998 and the destabilizing nuclear developments both have pursued since then.

Sleepwalking Toward the Nuclear Precipice 

Sleepwalking Toward the Nuclear Precipice 

October 8, 3:00pm by Dr. Ernest J. Moniz – CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative, former Secretary of Energy who negotiated the Iran agreement. He will discuss evolving nuclear threats and elaborate on his collaborative work with Senator Sam Nunn.

Is It OK to Criticize the American President? 

Is It OK to Criticize the American President? 

Date TBD – by David Weiss, PhD
Chair, Department of Communications & Journalism, UNM.

European media criticisms of U.S. leaders (and vice versa) over the last fifty years – and especially in 2020

Borobudur & Angkor Wat: Cosmic Temples

Borobudur & Angkor Wat: Cosmic Temples

August 26, 5:30 pm – by Diana McDonald, Ph.D., Boston College & Rebecca Black, MIT. The legendary temple of Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and a marvel of narrative stone sculpture. Dr. McDonald will recount the cosmological significance of Borobudur, which was a walking pilgrimage site for centuries, attracting those seeking enlightenment.

The Russian Museum

The Russian Museum

October 14, 5:30 pm –  Dr. Marina Oborotova will take you on a special tour of the museum and show you its masterpieces. She will share with you some of the most important and interesting chapters of the history of Russian fine arts.

Treasures of Peru: A Look at some Extraordinary Museums

Treasures of Peru: A Look at some Extraordinary Museums

October 21,  by Diana McDonald, Ph.D., Boston College – Peru has some of the greatest art and archaeological sites of the Western Hemisphere. With art-making cultures that stretch back thousands of years before the Inca, there are treasures – including gold and silver artifacts, colorful pottery, sculpture, and truly amazing textiles – that were found in almost every bit of land. We will take you on a tour of some of these cultures’ greatest works – collected in some of the most overlooked museums in Lima, as well as Santiago, Chile.

Stay tuned for more upcoming events!