Offbeat New Mexico: SAR Sparks Talks

Eight Talks

Just over six years ago, SAR staff members Jean Schaumberg and Leslie Shipman came up with the idea of an afternoon lecture series focused on the unique history and character of New Mexico, a state so deep in its Wild West saga that, according to law, a tie in a political election can still be decided by a poker hand.

How has New Mexico maintained its diversity and distinctive character, while most of the US draws closer and closer to homogeneity? Each Sparks speaker brings knowledge and perspective to that question with an exploration of places, people, and events that helped create and continues to enhance the unique culture of the Land of Enchantment.

September 2011
Modern view of the power plant at Service Basin Sparks
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm Water Flows Uphill Toward Money: How the Santa Fe River Became Privatized Alan “Mac” Watson The Santa Fe River was a community-owned resource during the Spanish Colonial and Mexican periods, but became a privately owned commodity in 1880.
October 2011
Recognizing Authentic Handmade Native American Art Sparks
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Recognizing Authentic Handmade Native American Art Tony Eriacho, Jr. What is the difference between handmade and handcrafted Native art?
November 2011
New Mexico youth hanging National Youth Administration shop sign, ca. 1940 Sparks
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free The New Deal in New Mexico Kathryn Flynn The Great Depression (1933–1943) left the United States in a state of crisis and New Mexico needed help just like the rest of the nation.
December 2011
President William H. Taft signing the New Mexico Enabling Act, 1910 Sparks
Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 3:00–4:00 pm New Mexico’s Stumble to Statehood Jon Hunner From corrupt politicians to bitter partisan battles, from an inopportune handshake to presidential prerogatives, New Mexico lurched to statehood through prejudice, racism, and national power struggles.
January 2012
Sand River in Bloom Sparks
Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Sand River in Bloom Beverley Spears Beverley Spears has walked a one-mile stretch of the Arroyo de los Chamisos for the past twenty years. She has noted and documented with charts and photographs the multitude of wildflowers there as well as considered the hydrology and conservation of this landscape.
February 2012
San Augustin Church Sparks
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free San Augustin Church Illuminated Tom Windes Sitting on the north side of the Isleta Pueblo plaza, the massive, white structure of the San Augustin Church dominates the pueblo’s skyline.
March 2012
Walpi Sparks
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free In Search of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez & Silvestre Velez de Escalante Gregory MacGregor and Siegfried Halus The 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante circumnavigated 1800 miles of unchartered territory never before seen by Europeans.
April 2012
Monks in Prayer Sparks
Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free New Mexico Monks Brewing Beer: A Historical Tradition Berkeley Merchant and Brother Christian Leisy In the United States, the monastic brewing tradition is carried on only at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, north of Abiquiu, New Mexico.
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