Happenings in the Humanities

These events are a part of the Community College University Partnerships funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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2021 Event Schedule

Latin American Speaker Series: Dr. Sergio J. Ascensio, UNM Political Science: “Burying Pinochet’s Legacy: Chile’s New Constitution”

Monday, April 12, 2021 | 3 p.m.

On October 25, 2020 millions of Chileans went to the polls in record numbers to approve a constitutional convention to draft a new constitution that will replace the current charter, which dates back to the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The significance of this decision cannot be overstated. The new document, which will be drafted by an assembly of elected citizens, will seek to culminate a thirty-year process to permanently erase the legacy of Pinochet’s authoritarian regime. This talk will consist of two parts. The first part will put the Chilean case in a broader context by discussing some of the challenges of institutional design in transitional democracies. The second part will provide an overview of the events leading to the constitutional referendum and the road ahead.

Sergio J. Ascencio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. His research uses game theory and quantitative methods to study political institutions, electoral manipulation, and party strategy in developing countries, with a focus on Latin America.

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CNM School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences Presents:
Feminist Poet and Activist Margaret Randall

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

It's National Poetry Month! Join us for a poetry reading with poet and activist, Margaret Randall. She will read a selection of curated poems followed by short recollections after each one. This is a rare event with a poet whose entanglement with history is astonishing.

Profile of Margaret Randall
Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist. Born in New York City in 1936, she has lived for extended periods in Albuquerque, New York, Seville, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua. Shorter stays in Peru and North Vietnam were also formative. In the turbulent 1960s she co-founded and co-edited El Corno Emplumado/The Plumed Horn, a bilingual literary journal, which for eight years out of Mexico City published some of the most dynamic and meaningful writing of an era. From 1984 through 1994 she taught at a number of U.S. universities.

Margaret was privileged to live among New York’s abstract expressionists in the 1950s and early ’60s, share the rebellion of the Beats, participate in the Mexican student movement of 1968, live in Cuba during the second decade of that country’s revolution (1969-1980), reside in Nicaragua during the first four years of the Sandinista project (1980-1984), and visit North Vietnam during the heroic last months of the U.S. American war in that country (1974). Her four children—Gregory, Sarah, Ximena, and Ana—have given her ten grandchildren: Lia, Martin, Daniel, Richi, Sebastian, Juan, Luis Rodrigo, Mariana, Eli, and Tolo. And her first great grandchildren, Guille and Emma Nahuí. She has lived with her life companion, the painter and teacher Barbara Byers, for thirty-three years, and they were finally able to marry in 2013.

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Latin American Speaker Series: Dylan Maynard, PhD Candidate, UNM History Department: “Locating the Martial Middle Class: A Case for Bringing Military Families into Argentina’s History of Counterinsurgency and Cold War Modernization”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 3 p.m.

Argentina’s military officers and their families, by midcentury, belonged to a martial middle class. But while past studies of Argentina’s Cold War military center on its political interventions, there is a need to explore how the intimate lives of military families structured officers’ professional identities and, in turn, a model for economic and social development in the 1960s. This lecture makes a historiographical case for understanding bureaucratic authoritarianism, counterinsurgency, and Cold War modernization alongside a white-collar revolution within the officer corps, during which middle-class military families, through their everyday lives, could simultaneously structure and symbolize an Argentine modernity alternative to liberal democracy.

Dylan Maynard entered UNMs History doctoral program in Fall 2017, having completed his MA in World History at New York University and a BA in History and Political Science at Monmouth University. He specializes in Latin American history and gender/sexuality. His dissertation is tentatively titled The Martial Middle Class: Military Families, Modernization, and Counterinsurgency in Cold War Argentina.” It investigates how Argentine military families influenced conceptions of national development through practices of marriage, childcare, and domestic labor.

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Past Events

"Reclaiming Ugly" with Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Data Feminism w/ Catherine D’Ignazio

Friday, March 19, 2021

Native Scholarship Webinar

January 28, 2021

2021 Latin American Speaker Series

February 3, 2021

Black Trans Landscapes: Existence is Resistance with Lazarus Nance Letcher

February 3, 2021

Black Static: Radical Transformation Through Sound with Laina Dawes

February 10, 2021

Black Books, Modern Writers w/ Author Agnes Gomillion and Harriett’s Bookshop’s Jeannine A. Cook

February 17, 2021

Afro-Futurism: Explorations and Liberations of the Black Diaspora 

February 24, 2021

Panel: Religious (Mis)Understanding

February 26, 2021