Jeffrey Lamar Coleman publishes book with Duke University Press: In March of 2012, alumni Jeffrey Lamar Coleman ('97) published Words of Protest, Words of Freedom: Poetry of the American Civil Rights Movement and Era. The anthology is the "first comprehensive collection of poems written during and in response to the American civil rights struggle of 1955–75." In reference to the book, Jeffrey said it was "an outgrowth of my dissertation many, many moons ago at UNM." To listen to an interview that Jeffrey did about the book with Tavis Smiley, click here.
Graduate student Christopher Chavez to speak at the Joe Sando Symposium: The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM., is hosting the Joe Sando Symposium on October 25th and 26th. This two day event will address the Native Pueblo issues such as education, language loss, traditions and cultural changes that are affecting the tribal nations. Current graduate student Christopher Chavez will be addressing the symposium on October 26 2012, at 8.30 A.M. The title of his talk is "Santo Domingo Pueblo Oral Storytelling: Revitalizing the Keres Language through Visual Anthropology."
Alumni Dr. Karen Roybal accepts position as Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Regional Studies: Dr. Karen Roybal ('11) recently accepted the positions of Visiting Research Scholar in The Center for Regional Studies (CRS) and a Visiting Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of New Mexico for the 2012-13 academic year. As a CRS scholar, Dr. Roybal is working on her book manuscript, Archives of Dispossession: Uncovering Mexicana Memory through Testimonio — a project that draws on literature, land title records, and testimonios to argue that the history of Mexican land claims cannot be understood only as a racialized story, but must also be recognized as a story indisputably linked to gender. In fall 2012, Dr. Roybal is teaching Chicana Literature and Film for the English Department.