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Writing & Filming the Southwest

Date: 
Tue, July 10 2018 - 4:00 pm
Location: 
Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM

Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar David King Dunaway and John Nichols | Discussion of the portrayal of New Mexico in film and writing, including consideration of the stereotypes of the region’s communities and the challenges of trying to make an honest portrayal of the region.


David King Dunaway's specialty is the presentation of folklore, literature, and history via broadcasting. He is the Executive Producer of award-winning national radio series for Public Radio International, including “Writing the Southwest” (1995); “Aldous Huxley's Brave New Worlds” (1998); “Across the Tracks: A Route 66 Story” (2001); and Pete Seeger: How Can I Keep From Singing? (2008). He is currently a DJ for KUNM-FM and a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

John Nichols is the author of the "New Mexico trilogy", a series about the complex relationship among history, race and ethnicity, and land and water rights in New Mexico. The trilogy includes The Milagro Beanfield War, which was adapted into a movie. Two of his other novels have been made into films. Nichols also has written non-fiction, including the trilogy If Mountains Die, The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn and On the Mesa. Nichols has lived in Taos for many years.