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NM Listens Presents: Save the Bees 

Sun, Oct 9, 2022, 2:00pm

New Mexico Listens presents a staged reading of Save the Bees, a play by NM State Senator Bill O’Neill. Directed by Duchess Dale, the play is about the difficulty legislators face from their respective...

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Partnerships to Support Tribal Heritage

Sat, Oct 1, 2022, 12:00am

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National History Day New Teacher Workshop

Thu, Sep 1, 2022, 12:00am

SAVE THE DATE! October 18, 2022 History, social studies, and English teachers from 6th to 12th grade will learn the nuts and bolts of the National History Day (NHD) program as well as how NHD can help them meet the new state social studies standards in their classrooms.

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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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Recent Columns
Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona

Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona Credit: by Rosa Maria Calles.

Cosas Extrañas y Duendes---Strange Things and Goblins

Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 12:32pm | By Ray John de Aragon

¡Los muertos se espantan con los vivos!  The dead are scared by the living! New Mexico is a land of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. One is easily captivated and drawn by immortal tales filled with energy,...

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Martin and Refugio Amador surrounded by their seven children in a family portrait taken in Las Cruces around 1900

Martin and Refugio Amador surrounded by their seven children in a family portrait taken in Las Cruces around 1900 Credit: Photo Courtesy of Amador Family Papers. Ms 0004. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Hispanic Heritage Month – Amador Family

Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 10:00am | By Jennifer Olguin

September 15 to October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month. This monthlong celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans throughout the country. The monthlong observation...

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Prompt for image generation: 4-year-old, vaguely punk freestyling

Prompt for image generation: 4-year-old, vaguely punk freestyling Credit: DALL-E generation by Philip Allfrey, @dr_pda

 Everything is COM-PLI-CA-TED!!

Sun, Aug 14, 2022, 3:09pm | By Ellen Dornan

After robots write and perform a new hit song about the humanities, things get complicated!

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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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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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