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MONDAY PODCAST SERIES"Water Justice & Technology"

Mon, Aug 1, 2022, 12:00am

This month we’re joined by Dr. Theodora Dryer, the research lead for Climate + Water at the AI Now Institute, and research assistant professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. We’re also joined by Dr. Amrah Salomón, an assistant professor of English at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Dryer and Dr. Salomon, among others, collaborated to produce the report, Water Justice and Technology, covering topics on both North and South America.

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MANITOS COMMUNITY MEMORY PROJECT: REMEMBER AND REFLECT

1 Dec 2021

Introducing a free resource for classroom teachers, librarians and individuals to reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while exploring archival information about the Spanish Flu pandemic and its impacts in northern New Mexico. The deluxe package includes a boxed set of four issues with stickers and a bookmark with prompts for reflection.

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Pasa Por Aquí - Open Call for Submissions

27 Jan 2021

The New Mexico Humanities Council is seeking contributors for its new blog! Let us take this opportunity to introduce Pasa Por Aquí – the NM Humanities Council’s...

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Michael Running Wolf

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Indigenous in AI - Lakota Language Camp

Thu, Jul 28, 2022, 1:46pm | By Ellen Dornan

In January 2022, Michael Running Wolf joined our Augmented Humanity podcast to talk about his efforts to create machine learning models for Indigenous languages. Recently he caught up with us to let us...

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The Click of the Shutter Means “Yes” Kurt Markus, 1947-2022

Thu, Jul 28, 2022, 11:45am | By Hampton Sides

When I think about Kurt Markus, the internationally acclaimed fine-art photographer who died last month at his home in Santa Fe, I think of the word slow. Slow, as in, he always had to meditate on things,...

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AIMING FOR THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

Sat, Jul 2, 2022, 1:27pm | By Richard Etulain

The noted Western novelist and historian Wallace Stegner once wrote, "I have been convinced for a long time that what is mistakenly called middle of the road is actually the most radical and difficult...

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“Lumbre salvaje.” Fire cresting in trees, Monte Aplanado.

“Lumbre salvaje.” Fire cresting in trees, Monte Aplanado.

Las lumbres del 2022 en el norte de Nuevo México 

Thu, Jun 30, 2022, 2:41pm | By Gabriel Meléndez

1.  In late summer, clouds thicken quickly on the ridgeline of the sierra, and the distant rumble of their thunder echoes endlessly in the mountain canyons and in the tall stands of spruce...

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF BILLY THE KID 

Thu, Jun 30, 2022, 11:00am | By Richard Etulain

Billy the Kid is the most-written-about New Mexican. Most of the nearly 1,000 books and essays about Señor Billy picture him as a villain, hero, or combination...

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Sean Cardinalli

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Juneteenth and Violence, Revisited

Wed, Jun 1, 2022, 8:27am | By Sean Cardinalli

Juneteenth is once again on the horizon. It reminds of emancipation. It is characterized by celebration. It is rooted in Black freedom delayed and so, therefore, denied. Our Black freedom is still delayed...

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El Grito Eterno: Imagining Vicente Fernandez and Remembering My Father 

Tue, May 31, 2022, 8:20am | By Matthew Villegas

The mariachi legend, Vicente Fernandez, passed away late last year at 81. Affectionately known by his legions of fans as "Chente," he left a legacy that will likely go unmatched.  Chente was...

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NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL

Seeking to understand
Who we were
Who we are and
Who we aspire to be

We seek out, fund and conduct quality humanities programs for presentation to public audiences throughout the state. We support a wide variety of programs, projects and organizations-- topics can range anywhere from local history and culture to international affairs. Explore our website to learn how we support public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences. 

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion from the New Mexico Humanities Council 

1 Jul 2020

“Seeking to understand who we are, who we were, and who we aspire to be.” This statement is more than a pithy tagline for the New Mexico Humanities Council; we actively seek to provide New Mexicans with opportunities to cultivate mutual understanding and respect through its programming and grants.

Over the past weeks and months, our nation has experienced tremendous upheaval, particularly in response to the persistence of individual, institutional, structural, and systemic racism in our society.  In the interest of addressing these social barriers, the New Mexico Humanities Council pledges to continue to develop, nurture, and fund programs and grant partnerships that use the tools of history, ethics, literature, and the examination of the arts to bridge gaps of culture, knowledge, and experience between New Mexicans.  Our aim is to help each of us determine who we aspire to be both as individuals and members of larger communities. By helping to build these bridges of understanding and respect, we hope to play our part in working towards a more just society. 

In the past year, we partnered with representatives from diverse communities to amplify the many voices and perspectives that make up New Mexican society.  Some examples of this collaborative work include:

  • 400 Years (1619-2019): Knowing our African American Past and Creating our Future, an art exhibit and discussion program that brought together artists and community members to discuss the resiliency of the African American community in the wake of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of ships carrying enslaved Africans to America (with the New Mexico African American Artists Guild). 
  • Bright Spaces, Welcome Places, a community-created art exhibit and public programs celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, and queer resiliency and health (with Fierce Pride). 
  • A concert and post-performance discussion led by the members of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, which preserves the ancient Filipino musical tradition of kulintang (with the Filipino American Community Council).

While we are proud of the work we have done, the current moment demands reflection on what more we can do.  In addition to continuing the cultivation of community partnerships alongside our funders and collaborators, the New Mexico Humanities Council is committed to creating and supporting opportunities and spaces for dialogue and expression.  Please join us as a donor, partner, scholar, or engaged citizen in the important and meaningful work of building a better New Mexico.  Don’t hesitate to contact Brandon Johnson (bjohnson@nmhumanities.org; 505-633-7376) to talk about how you’d like to be involved.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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