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Thu, April 05 2018 - 5:00 pm
The Doel Reed Center for the Arts 2017 Jim & Linda Burke Visiting Scholar, Spencer Herrara, will present a talk based on his book Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland (UNM Press) on April 5. Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland is a book about Chicana/a culture and the idea of culture as sacred. A sacred place is where two or more gather in the name of community. It can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayó, NM, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a bi-national Mass along the border. Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. The presentation includes a reading from the book accompanied by a photo-slideshow. Below is some more information about the book and its success.    Acclaim: "Sagrado's three talented artists represent the best in contemporary Chicano poetry, art and history. One of the most important books I've read recently." -- Rudolfo Anaya    "These poems are photos, these photos are poems, and together with the historical testimony that reads delicious as cuento, they are prayers said on behalf of others. A book to teach with or to teach ourselves things we forgot. Wise, heartfelt, generous, grace-filled, and, above all, created with love. And everybody knows whatever is made with love siempre sale bonito. A thousand and one blessings to the artists for this labor from el corazón." -- Sandra Cisneros   Winner of: 2015 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention 2014 Border Regional Library Association SW Book Award 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Multicultural Subject
Fri, April 06 2018 - 5:00 pm
If funds remain after the first round, additional scholarship applications will be accepted until 5 pm on April 6. For all the scholarship details: drca.okstate.edu/scholarships 
Mon, May 14 2018 (All day)
Taos, New Mexico
May 14-25 (run outreach course through June 10) SOC 4950/ SOC 5950 The Symbolic Construction of Community Monica Whitham What is a community? In this course we will examine the social and symbolic construction of "community" while exploring the unique collectives and locales of Taos, New Mexico. While in Taos, we will explore its rich history as an artist's colony as well as visit a number of other places of interest including an ancient Native American pueblo, an off-the-grid community, a Spanish colonial-era hacienda, and a counter-culture commune. To answer our question, we will bridge community sociology with social psychology in order to better understand communities as socially constructed spaces imbued with symbolism, culture, character, and meaning.   To learn more about this course, or to apply - visit https://drca.okstate.edu/content/2018-credit-courses
Mon, July 09 2018 (All day)
Taos, New Mexico
July 9-20  (but run the outreach class through the end of the Summer session (Aug 3)) ART 4800/ ART 5910: Converging Cultures: Art and Devotion Cristina Gonzalez The course is a brief but intensive introduction to the art and culture of Spanish New Mexico, starting with Spanish explorations in the late sixteenth century and ending in the nineteenth century with Mexico’s independence from Spain. A significant portion of the course is given to Devotional art and its function in architectural spaces and pious practices. Every topic is punctuated with pedagogical interventions spotlighting the long history of engagement with the art and communities of the region. The course encourages students to consider how the ongoing process of recovery, restoration, recreation and display continues to (re)shape our vision of New Mexico and its visual culture.   To learn more about this course, or to apply - visit https://drca.okstate.edu/content/2018-credit-courses To learn more about this course, or to apply - visit https://drca.okstate.edu/content/2018-credit-courses
Mon, July 09 2018 (All day)
Taos, New Mexico
July 9-20  (but run the outreach class through the end of the Summer session (Aug 3)) ENGL 4450/ ENGL 5360: Hollywood Southwest Jeff Menne In this class we will study movies and television shows that have been made in New Mexico, with an eye on how the natural landscape has been used. Early on, New Mexico was often used as a location for Westerns (such as The Vanishing American, High Noon, and Lonely Are the Brave). More recently, movies have been produced on Albuquerque soundstages that could have been produced nearly anywhere (such as The Avengers and Maze Runner)—in these, New Mexico has value because it offers tax breaks, not breathtaking Western vistas. Hence our inquiry will concern the relationship between geography and storytelling in film and television production today. We will end by considering Breaking Bad as a contemporary Western. This course can be taken for either undergraduate (4450) or graduate (5360) credit.   To learn more about this course, or to apply, visit https://drca.okstate.edu/content/2018-credit-courses