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Pulitzer Prizes Gives Award to the NMHC for 2016 Centennial Campfires Initiative

4 Feb 2016

The Pulitzer Prize Board announced the award of $24,743.00 to the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) for the Pulitzer Dialogues, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer?s Campfires Initiative.

The NMHC will partner with six libraries across the state to engage in a five month reading and discussion series of Pulitzer Prize fiction, including winning and finalist works, set to begin in April 2016. Libraries hosting the monthly reading discussion programs include the Albuquerque South Broadway Cultural Center Library, the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Clovis, the Marshall Memorial Library in Deming, the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup, the Thomas C. Donnelly Library of New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, and the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces, NM. Each hosting library will challenge and engage their respective community to read five Pulitzer Prize novels. Representing different historical periods, regions, and cultural contexts that reveal meaningful perspectives on ourselves, our culture, and the world we live in, the selected texts are: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (winner, 2008); The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (finalist, 2009); The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (winner, 2009); Beloved by Toni Morrison (Winner, 1988); and Lovely, Dark, Deep by Joyce Carol Oates (finalist, 2015).

"The New Mexico Humanities Council supports the Pulitzer Campfire Initiative because everybody should have the opportunity to read and enjoy good novels. Reading fosters emotional intelligence and enhances social and personal interactions. The best literature provides for valuable experiences and personal growth. It is enjoyable and personally rewarding to read really good books and share details about life. It is pleasing and not just a theoretical activity," said Dr. Craig L. Newbill, the Executive Director of the New Mexico Humanities Council.

About the Campfires Initiative

To prepare for the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the Campfires Initiative, which aims to ignite broad engagement with the journalistic, literary, and artistic values the Prizes represent. To inspire year-long programming throughout the country, the board partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils on the initiative. After a review of grant proposals, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded more than $1.5 million to forty-six state humanities councils.

The programs will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning work in journalism, arts and letters, and music. The goal of the board and the Federation of State Humanities Council is to engage American communities in discussion about the values these disciplines represent. "We look forward to bringing the centennial to life next year with a diverse array of council programming that reconnects Americans with the nation?s amazing cultural production of the last 100 years," said Dr. Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

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Dust, Drought, & Dreams Gone Dry

20 Jan 2016

Click here for an unforgettable program featuring exhibits, projects, and discussion series at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts.

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Presenting.... First Folio! The book that gave us Shakespeare!

20 Jan 2016

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The History of Chocolate: Food of Gods Transformed into Food of Lovers?

Presenter: Nicolasa Chavez, Curator, Museum of International Folk Art

February, 14, 2016 (Sun) 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

200 Mountain Rd. NW, Albq, NM 87104

Lecture traces the history and journey of chocolate from the Americas, through the Spanish Colonial Southwest, transported to Europe and now enjoyed around the globe.

Lecture: $15 AIA Members, $20 Non-members, Students w/ ID free


Opening Reception for three Exhibitions at New Mexico Museum of Art

26 Feb 2016


People Create Cities Speakers Series: Special Presentation Japanese American Prison Camps of World War II

1 Nov 2016

Special Collections Library * 423 Central Ave NE * 848-1376

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 1-3 pm

The presentation compares and contrasts the WRA "family" camps of WWII and DOJ Camps of NM. Live readings, discussions and photographic images will take place.

This presentation is a special arrangement travels to Lordsburg, Silver City, Las Cruces and Gallup Nov. 16 -19.

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From Cold War to Hot Peace? Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and the 'Triangulation' of German Foreign Policy Dr. Joyce Mushaben, University of Missouri-St.Louis

19 Jan 2016

As Germany's first female, Eastern Chancellor, Angela Merkel took to the international stage like a moth to a flame. She quickly emerged as an effective mediator among three competing forces: the United States, the European Union and Russia. Her expertise in energy security, environmental sustainability, and climate change accorded her a distinctive voice in "high politics". Merkel presents herself as a critical friend of the US. Dr. Mushaben will present some short case studies illustrating Merkel's efforts to keep both superpowers engaged.

*Lecture free to students under 25 $15 AIA Members $20 Non-Members

Jan. 24, 2016 3-5pm

UNM Continuing Education Conference Center -1634 University Blvd. NE


Imprisonment of Japanese in U.S. Prison Camps during World War II & Comparison of Camps in Wyoming and New Mexico by Sam Mihara

1 Nov 2015

Presentation includes: live speakers, video, panel discussion and a

Q&A session.

Hibben Auditorium, Maxwell Museum, University of New Mexico

7:30 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Presenting...First Folio! The book that gave us Shakespeare!

20 Jan 2016

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Fall 2015 New Mexico Humanities Council Newsletter!

23 Sep 2015

Stay informed and read about our latest programs and activities taking place around the state.

Nice article featuring one of our grant supported programs in the Silver City Sun-News.

12 Aug 2015

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