Winter Lecture Series Set

Save the Dates!

It’s time to get your 2019 calendar out and start filling in some important dates.
Our Winter Lecture Series, “Speaking of Traditions,” has been set.  All three lectures will take place in the St. Francis Auditorium of the New Mexico Museum of Art, just off the Plaza in Santa Fe.  All lectures begin at 6:00 P.M. and end by 7:00 P.M.
Here is the 2019 line-up:

On Tuesday, January 29, Dr. Richard Melzer will speak about his book “Maximiliano Luna and the Rough Riders.”

Dr. Melzer
Dr. Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt’s hometown of Oyster Bay, New York, and has lived in New Mexico since 1973. Melzer earned his Ph.D. in History at UNM in 1979. He has taught history at the University of New Mexico’s Valencia Campus since that same year. He is now a Regents professor of history. He is a past president of both the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Valencia County Historical Society.

He is the author, co-author, or editor of 24 books as well as over a hundred articles and chapters about New Mexico history. Eight of his books have won major book awards. Among the many awards he has received for writing, teaching, and service to his profession, he is most proud of receiving the University of New Mexico’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

On Tuesday, February 26, Dr. Andrés Reséndez will present the research from his book “The Other Slavery:  The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.”

Dr. Andrés Reséndez is a historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands and the Iberian world. He received his B.A. in International Relations, from El Colegio de México in Mexico City in 1992 and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 1997.
Dr. Reséndez’s work has long been concerned with the dynamics of borderlands in North America, whether in terms of the emergence of ethnic or national identities or the prevalence of labor coercion and enslavement of indigenous peoples.
In 2017, Dr. Reséndez won the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy for his book “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.”
He has also been interested in the earliest exploration of the Americas and the Pacific Ocean, and the role of technology in these early voyages of exploration.
Dr. Reséndez teaches undergraduate courses on Latin America, Mexico, the history of food, as well as graduate-level seminars on colonial and 19-century Latin America.

And our final presentation in this series will be Los Colonials, “A Discussion and Performance of Various Dances of Spanish Colonial New Mexico.”

Sketch for Spanish dance scene (mural for Santa Fe Country Club) circa 1920, by Gerald Cassidy

The Spanish brought with them all aspects of their culture including dance.  Local people created their own adaptations of these dances including jotas, fandanggos, mazurkas and waltzes that were danced by young socialites to the stringed music of the rondalla.
This discussion of Spanish Colonial dance will also feature performances by a lively troupe of accomplished dancers.
Be sure to save these dates as you won’t want to miss any of these lectures.
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