Who Writes History and Why Does It Matter?
Patricia Limerick (UC Boulder) and Philip Deloria (U Michigan) will present the introductory lectures. Professor Limerick is known for her ground-breaking work in the New Western History, and Professor Deloria for his penetrating analyses of the ways non-Indians have imagined and imitated Native Americans.
Decolonizing the Arts: Native American and Latina/o Media
Scheduled to coincide with the Taos Fall Arts Festival, which this year is celebrating the centennial of the Taos art colony. In counterpoint to the dominant Anglo narrative of the art colony, Beverly Singer (UNM) and Tey Marianna Nunn (National Hispanic Cultural Center) will speak about the vibrant and innovative worlds of contemporary Native American filmmaking and Latino/Hispano/Chicana visual arts.
The 1847 Taos Revolt: The Beginning of Modern Taos?
Virtually every published account of the 1847 Taos Revolt is from the American point of view. There has never been a full scholarly study of this still poorly understood turning point in Taos history. Albert Gonzalez (UC East Bay) will speak about his doctoral research on Turley’s mill and Robert Torrez (former New Mexico State Historian) will discuss what is known about the insurrectionists. Laura Gomez (UCLA) will focus on the racialization Mexican Americans following the Mexican-American war.
Land Grants and Nuevomexicano Identity
Land grants are a deep, contested, and undying issue in northern New Mexico. David Correia (UNM), author of a recent book on the Tierra Amarilla land grant, will discuss his innovative approach to property as a form of violence. Ramon Gutierrez (U Chicago) will speak about his forthcoming biography of Reies Lopez Tijerina.
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Recent events in Taos have sparked heated public debate about the nature of historical “truth” and it’s relationship to the present. Many questions are in the air about who writes history and for what purpose, why some versions get written while others remain unwritten or unheard, whether public places and monuments should be renamed, and how the region’s turbulent past shapes contemporary social relations.
In order to help promote nuanced, constructive public conversations about our understanding of the past, UNM-Taos and SMU (Ft. Burgwin)-Taos have decided to co-sponsor a Fall lecture series on history. The intent is to feature distinguished and creative scholars who bring diverse perspectives to bear on historical topics in ways that are both challenging and accessible.
The lecture series, entitled “New Perspectives on Taos History,” will take place in September and October at the Harwood Museum, from 6-8 pm.
Each lecture will feature two or three distinguished speakers known for their research and writing on the evening’s topic. Their presentations will be followed by questions and conversation with the audience. Sylvia Rodriguez (Emerita UNM) will introduce the speakers and moderate discussion.
Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez
Sylvia Rodriguez was born and raised in Taos. She attended Barnard College, received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque. Her interest in anthropology developed out of a need to understand the diverse and complex society of Taos and northern New Mexico. She has published a book on the Matachines Dance (available from Amazon books through this web site click here) and has another forthcoming on the acequia system of the Taos Valley.
Speakers (listed alphabetically)
Philip Joseph Deloria is a historian who specializes in Native American, Western American, and environmental history. He is the son of scholar Vine Deloria, Jr. and a descendant of Civil War General Alfred Sully and painter Thomas Sully. Deloria is the author of prize-winning texts, Playing Indian (1999) and Indians in Unexpected Places (2004). Deloria received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and currently teaches in the Department of American Culture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as a Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor.
David Correia is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico where he teaches and writes about law, violence and environmental politics. He is the author of the 2013 book “Properties of Violence: Law and Land Grant Struggle in Northern New Mexico.” The book traces Spanish colonial histories and contemporary struggles over property in what is today northern New Mexico. In addition, Correia’s work appears frequently in scholarly journals such as Antipode, Geoforum, The Journal of Historical Geography, Radical History Review and many others.
Laura E. Gómez is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law (she also holds zero-percent appointments in two other UCLA Departments: Sociology and Chicana/Chicano Studies). She rejoined the faculty of UCLA Law in 2011 after serving as professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico from 2005-10. Before that, she spent 12 years as professor of law at UCLA Law. She was a co-founder and the first co-director of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program. From 2013-15, she served as Vice Dean for Faculty Development at the UCLA School of Law.
Prior to starting her career in academia, Professor Gómez clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.
She received an A.B. from Harvard in Social Studies (where she was a Harry S. Truman Scholar), an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University (where she had a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship), and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Albert Gonzalez has carried out archaeological, historical, and ethnographic work among Hispanos in the Taos Valley since 2006. Dr. Gonzalez earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Texas at Dallas, his 2007 master’s thesis describing life at the Plaza of San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries based on historical and archaeological data. He earned his PhD in anthropological archaeology at Southern Methodist University in 2015. His dissertation explores the connection between whiskeymaking, labor, and rebellion at Turley’s Mill and Distillery, a Mexican-era operation destroyed during the 1847 Taos Rebellion. Dr. Gonzalez’s work in Taos has more recently inspired him to examine the archaeology and material culture of Latinos in the United States more generally. He is currently working to draw together a multidisciplinary group of scholars in conversation over the commonalities and differences in the historical experiences of Latinos across the country, past and present, paying special attention to the material manifestations of those experiences. He serves currently as Assistant Professor at California State University – East Bay, in Hayward, California.
Ramón A. Gutiérrez is the Preston & Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor of American History and the College at University of Chicago. A native of New Mexico, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American history at the University of New Mexico in 1973, continuing his studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned his PhD degree in Colonial Latin American History in 1980. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Pomona College, and before moving to Chicago, for twenty-five years at the University of California, San Diego, where he founded the Ethnic Studies Department and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
His record of accomplishments is extensive, with published monographs, articles, and anthologies, with collectively written works, and even with an encyclopedia to his name. His work has been recognized with a number of honors, prizes, and awards, including a Mac Arthur Prize Fellowship, the so-called “genius” award. He is currently working on a book entitled, The Fire of the Ire of God: The Religious and Political Thought of Reies López Tijerina and the Origins of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1980, and from 1980 to 1984 she was an Assistant Professor of History at Harvard. In 1985 she published Desert Passages, followed in 1987 by her best-known work, The Legacy of Conquest, an overview and reinterpretation of Western American history that has stirred up a great deal of both academic and public debate. In 2012 she published A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, a history of water in Denver. In 1986, Limerick and CU Law Professor Charles Wilkinson founded the Center of the American West, and since 1995 it has been her primary point of affiliation. Patty Limerick is a MacArthur Fellow.
Tey Marianna Nunn is the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Previous to that she spent nine years as the Curator of Contemporary Hispano and Latino collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico where her research focused on Spanish Colonial, Contemporary Latin American, and Chicana/o and Latina/o art history and history. She is the author of Sin Nombre: Hispana and Hispano Artists of the New Deal Era (University of New Mexico Press, 2001). Nunn has curated such acclaimed exhibits as Sin Nombre: Hispana and Hispano Artists of the New Deal Era, Cyber Arte: Tradition meets Technology, Flor y Canto: Reflections from Nuevo México, Meso-Americhanics (Maneuvering Mestizaje) de la Torre Brothers and Border Baroque, Stitching Resistance: The History of Chilean Arpilleras, and ¡PAPEL! Pico, Rico y Chico. Nunn is active in issues concerning Latinos and museums and has been elected twice to the Board of Trustees for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She also serves as a trustee on the boards of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and Rancho de la Golondrinas. A recipient of numerous research fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and the Bogliasco Foundation, Nunn was voted “Santa Fe Arts Person and Woman of the Year” in 2001. She was awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the Women’s Caucus for the Arts of the College Art Association. In 2014, Dr. Nunn was honored by Los Amigos de Arte Popular with the Van Deren Coke award for outstanding contributions to expanding the knowledge of Mexican and Latin American folk art.
Beverly R. Singer is Tewa and Diné from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. She is an award-winning documentary video producer whose concern is indigenous community wellness. Active in producing and writing about indigenous films, she is an Executive Board Member of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and author of Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Native American Film and Video (2001) published by the University of Minnesota Press. She is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies and director for the Institute of American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and documentary film training from the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, NM.
Robert J. Tórrez was born and raised in the northern New Mexico community of Los Ojos in northern Rio Arriba County. A graduate of Tierra Amarilla High School, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. He served as the New Mexico State Historian from 1987 until his retirement in December 2000. For more than four decades he has mined the vast documentary treasures in our own New Mexico Spanish, Mexican, and Territorial archives and has published more than one hundred scholarly and popular articles in numerous regional and national publications and contributed to more than a dozen books, including a recent New Mexico history textbook.
He has published five books, El Primer Siglo, UFOs Over Galisteo and Other Stories of New Mexico’s History; New Mexico in 1876-1877, A Newspaperman’s View; Myth of the Hanging Tree and Rio Arriba, A New Mexico County, and since 1992 written a monthly history column, “Voices From the Past,” for Round the Roundhouse.