Our Mission

The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies promotes equitable partnerships between communities and the University of New Mexico through collaborative programs in the humanities and public anthropology.

To celebrate diversity we must first understand and respect the achievements, art, music, tradition and values of all cultures. Alfonso Ortiz

Alfonso OrtizThe center is named for the late Alfonso Ortiz, UNM anthropology professor, MacArthur fellow, and native of San Juan Pueblo. He believed anthropology is a mirror for humanity, and that the barriers between the university and world communities must be eliminated.

Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Annual Public Health Program Lecture

"Cultural Responses to End Female Circumcision in Africa”

Hosted by The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies & Department of Family and Community Medicine, UNM


Panel Presenters
Kristin St. Clair, R.N. Founder, Humankind Foundation Bettina Shell Duncan, Ph.D. Chair of Anthropology & Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Stephen Bishop, Ph.D., J.D. Assoc. Prof. Foreign Languages & Africana Studies, UNM
Justina Trott, M.D., Co-Director of the Women’s Health Policy, RWJF Center for Health Policy & Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, UNM

North by Southwest

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm
Reception at 6:15pm
Department of Anthropology Lecture Hall 163 - Main Campus


Ms. St. Clair worked as an RN in East Africa teaching HIV/AIDS in remote villages that led to her founding The Humankind Foundation and is a recipient of the Kaiser Permanente National Award for International Work. Prof. Shell Duncan’s research includes nutritional anthropology, disease ecology, evolutionary medicine, maternal/child health, female genital cutting with field studies in Kenya, Senegal and The Gambia. Prof. Bishop’s foci include Francophone literature, cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, law and literature, shame and guilt, feminism, FGM, cultural studies, and cinema. Dr. Justina Trott, M.D., F.A.C.P. is a senior fellow and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Policy at the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, Senior Fellow NM Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement, & Science on Health Disparities, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center, core faculty Northern New Mexico Family Practice Residency Program, and fellow of the American College of Physicians and president of the New Mexico Chapter American College of Physicians (2011-2012).


Additional Co-sponsors Public Health Program/New Mexico CARES Health Disparities Center/Department of Anthropology