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ALONE/TOGETHER: Pregnancy and Loss
Saturday August 22nd at 1PM MST, on Zoom
Register for the panel on zoom by clicking here. 
A live panel discussion about experiences in the face of miscarriage, stillbirth, and vulnerabilities in pregnancy and childbirth, with artists Las Hermanas Iglesias, authors Kao Kalia Yang and Shannon Gibney, and educator, activist and author j wallace skelton. This panel will be moderated by Kimberly York, Interim Director of NMSU’s Black Programs.

On Saturday August 22nd, 2020, the UAM will host a live panel discussion about creative resources and experiences in the face of miscarriage, stillbirth, and vulnerabilities in pregnancy and childbirth. This important discussion will take place on Zoom, between writers Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, co-editors of What God Is Honored Here: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color, Las Hermanas Iglesias, artists whose work is featured in our current exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 and educator, activist and author j wallace skelton. Through this panel, the discussion will aim to amplify information about pregnancy loss, miscarriage, and stillbirth within an intersectional and reproductive justice framework. This discussion will provide an important development of community between parents who have experienced loss, and will provide a meaningful conversation for anyone who has felt disconnected and overwhelmed through their experiences. This discussion of loss will focus on representing writers’ and artists’ response to miscarriage/stillbirth, as well as the important discussion of full spectrum reproductive justice for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and LGBTQ+ communities. There will be time at the end for Q+A from those attending the event, and all members of the event are invited to participate in a group discussion. This event is co-sponsored by the NMSU Departments of Art, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and English.

Learn more about the panel here.
Register for the panel here. 

Check out FBAFF for information on the Call for Entries!

Fifth Annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival


NMSU to host activist stars of podcast, “Bitter Brown Femmes” at public event Mar. 10

March is ‘Women’s History Month,’ a time to honor the many contributions women have made in history and society. As a way to celebrate the month and raise awareness of the current climate across the nation facing women, New Mexico State University will host a talk/live recording by the stars of the podcast, “Bitter Brown Femmes,” Ruben and Cassandra, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at O’Donnell Hall, Room 111. The event is free and open to the public.

Read more about the podcast and the event here

Truth Valuesplay about women in STEM, 3/19 @ 7pmASNMSU Center for the Arts

Join us for a special one-night presentation of the award-winning national hit play,Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze. Called “hilarious” by WIRED, the play is also a serious exploration of the challenges women face in the STEM environment.Truth Valueshas been presented at more than 50 theaters and performing arts centers throughout the U.S., including the La Jolla Playhouse, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and USC’s celebrated Visions and Voices Arts and Humanities Series. 
This presentation will feature an immediate post-performance discussion moderated by Dr. Manal Hamzeh, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Dean’s Fellow of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. For more information, visit
When: Thursday, March 19 at 7 PM
Where: ASNMSU Center for the Arts
Free and open to the community

Save the Date: 6th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium

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As co-chairs of this year’s 16th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, Martha Estrada (NMSU College Assistance Migrant Program Director) and I are delighted to share the JPTS Save the Date for the day-long symposium events at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.  The symposium is part of Farmworker Awareness Week sponsored by the NMSU CAMP Student Council.
The Honorable J. Paul Taylor will celebrate his 100th birthday this year, and we are beyond thrilled that this year’s social justice theme is “Justice for Farmworkers.”   As a former educator who championed bilingual education and migrant education in New Mexico, we cannot think of a better way to honor Mr. Taylor’s legacy of social justice work.
Members of the Tortugas Pueblo will open our events with a blessing ceremony.  We have assembled four panels that include several experts in the field of farmworker advocacy to discuss the following: the history of Braceros and the Farmworker Movement, Legal Issues Affecting Farmworkers, Education Issues Affecting Farmworkers K-20, and hearing directly from farmworking families on health disparities and food and financial insecurities.  We are pleased to announce that Attorney General Hector Balderas will be our luncheon keynote speaker.   
Our College Assistance Migrant Program Student Council, along with teachers and students from the J. Paul Taylor Academy, will showcase their collective art exhibit that will be displayed at the symposium. We will also take this opportunity to showcase our NMSU CAMP students’ research with a poster exhibit.
We will end the day with a film by Eduardo Chávez, grandson of César Chávez titled Hailing Cesar and a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Our CAMP Student Council will also hold a clothing drive for farmworkers.  CAMP students are respectfully requesting donations of long sleeve shirts, socks, gloves and hats that we will deliver to farmworkers in the region.

Please help us to circulate the Save the Date attached here. The Save the Date has an active link to our website that will have additional information about this year’s symposium events. The event is free and open to the public. Simultaneous English/Spanish translation will also be available. 

We very much appreciate your support of all of our farmworker advocacy efforts.
Warmest Regards,
Cynthia Bejarano, Ph.D.
Regents Professor
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Arts and Sciences Stan Fulton Endowed Chair
College Assistance Migrant Program Principal Investigator
Martha A. Estrada
Director, CAMP

Gender Studies Grad Minor Tiffany Elliott Doing a Reading with Award Winning Poet

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Past Events

Dr. Stacey Waite to Visit NMSU

 Events co-sponsored by the NMSUY Writing Program and LGBT+ Programs are happening this week. Dr. Stacey Waite ( will be visiting us from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The visit will include:
  • A poetry reading and craft conversation: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 in Corbett Room 312 (the Dona Ana room). If you’re teaching, please consider inviting your students!
  • A writing program professional development workshop: “How to Queer Your Pedagogy.” Friday, February 21, 2:30-3:30 in Guthrie 201 (the upstairs auditorium)
  • Graduate student Q&A with Stacey and lunch from Matteo’s. Friday, February 21, 11:30-1:00 in CBWH 138 (we’ll move to a bigger room, if necessary; please RSVP to Kerry if you know that you’re coming, so we make sure to get enough food).
Dr. White is the current director of grad programs at UN-L. A poet and interdisciplinary scholar who interrogates the languages of gender and experience, Stacey’s a phenomenal performer and a generous teacher. Stacey’s got four books of poetry out and is a top-notch composition/writing studies scholar with an academic book Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing (Pitt 2017) that has been widely reviewed and adopted. 

Dr. Sherine Hamdy’s Presentation “Research-Based Art and Graphic Novels” Coming to NMSU

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Keynote Luncheon featuring Dr. Nancy Reichert (Corbett Ballroom)


Date(s) – Wednesday
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

NMSU’s Molecular Biology Program celebrates 30th-anniversary milestone

Nancy Reichert received a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy worked at the University of Wisconsin where she learned plant tissue culture techniques and then took a research role at a biotech company named Agrigenetics. While at Agrigenetics Nancy was part of a team that proved that genes from any source (other plants, bacteria, etc.) could be transferred into plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens and this discovery began the application of genetic engineering plants. In regards to this study Nancy has said, Before this, people had only introduced genes from bacteria into plants. Our research showed that we could, potentially, take any gene from a plant or other organism and put it into another plant, and it could be expressed like in the original organism. It was very cool to be part of the first team that proved this potential.” (  After three years Nancy then moved to New Mexico State University where she worked in the Plant Genetic Engineering Lab as. Ph.D. student under the guidance of Dr. John Kemp. Nancy was the first student to earn a degree from the Molecular Biology Program in 1989. After completing her Ph.D. Nancy began her career at Mississippi State University and has remained. She is currently a professor in MSU’s Department of Biological Sciences, and she previously served as the department head for eight years. Nancy will give a seminar on Wednesday November 13th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm where she will highlight the developments and advances in plant science in the last 30 years.

Registration is required for this Luncheon event.  Go here to register!  The deadline for registration is November 6, 2019.

The Devil’s Mistress Film Screening Rio Grande Theatre featuring Dr. Julia Smith


Contact: Julia Smith, (575) 680-0578,
First film shot entirely in Las Cruces to return to the Rio Grande Theatre
fifty-four years after its national premiere.
The Las Cruces International Film Festival and Film Las Cruces present, “The Devil’s Mistress” by director Orville “Buddy” Wanzer on Thursday, December 5th, 7pm at the Rio Grande Theatre. Wanzer’s 1965 cult classic was the first feature film created and produced in the Las Cruces area and premiered nationally at the Rio Grande Theater. The screening will draw friends, family, and former students of Wanzer’s to celebrate his legacy as an NMSU professor, and his artistic achievements as an artist and filmmaker in the Southwest.  Wanzer passed away in February this year, and was instrumental in growing an independent film scene in southern New Mexico through various foreign film series, special screenings, and student mentoring.
“The Devil’s Mistress” sought to transform the western into what Wanzer described as a “Modern Western, without the Cavalry and without the Indians.” The movie tells the story of four robbers on the lam, escaping toward the Organ Mountains when they happen upon the devil and his mistress, and meet their doom.  This special screening is a fundraiser with proceeds  going toward the completion of NMSU instructor Julia Smith’s documentary about Wanzer and his relevance to southern New Mexico film culture, with his contribution to the “acid western” subgenre.  Attendees will be invited to a reception after the screening.
Smith’s documentary titled, “The Birth of the Acid Western,” explores this variant of the revisionist western genre where there are no heroes and no enemies. Through the “The Devil’s Mistress” and Wanzer’s life and work, the documentary will consider the production of the film as an “acid western” subgenre, and in relation to New Mexico’s burgeoning film industry.
At the screening, Smith will present a promotional trailer for her film, including footage of Wanzer in his last days, interviews with his closest friends and relatives, and archival materials sourced from the Wanzer collections the Rio Grande Historical Collections at NMSU and the Institute of Historical Survey in Las Cruces.  The screening is set for Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 Main Street, in Downtown Las Cruces followed by a reception.
Tickets are $12.50 for general admission and $5.00 for students with ID, and can be purchased at the door or online at
RSVP on Facebook via the film webpage at

The Call for Films for the Fifth Annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Is Now Live

The 2020 season will be the fifth anniversary of the festival. To celebrate this, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival is partnering with the newly-constructed University Art Museum (UAM) located in Devasthali Hall on the campus of New Mexico State University. It is doing so to participate in the inaugural exhibition to be mounted in the new premises: “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020,” co-curated by Marisa Sage (Director, UAM) and Laurel Nakadate (NY based photographer and filmmaker). “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020” addresses and challenges the documented human experiences of motherhood and the ways the mother and childrearing have been perceived and portrayed in art, both historically and in current popular culture. Building upon the multitudes of conversations happening in the contemporary art world “Labor” looks at motherhood through the lenses of empathy, intimacy, feminism, failure, dedication, and routine.

For its part, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival will feature a two-day event of public screenings of selected films that encompass and/or expand on artistic/critical explorations of mothering, mothers, the maternal, the divine feminine, queer family, queer or/and trans parenting, race and mothering/parenting, dis/ability and mothering/parenting, refugee and transnational mothering/parenting and more. In short, the festival seeks films that deal with notions of the mother, mothering, kinship bonds, parenting, or the family that intersect with topics of gender, gender identity, sexuality, race, indigeneity, class, dis/ability, transnationality and diaspora, migration, refugees and displaced persons, activisms, the environment, food/water/housing insecurity, and other social justice perspectives and experiences. Our selected films will be screened alongside video works by artists like Mickalene Thomas, Tierney Gearon, Ann Fessler, who are showcased in the “Labor” exhibition. See more here:

Dr. Julia Smith: Upcoming screening of The Devil’s Mistress at The Rio Grande Theatre

From Dr. Smith

I have exciting news about the documentary production and the upcoming screening of The Devil’s Mistress. The screening will now take place at the historical Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces on December 5th at 7pm. This will be the first time The Devil’s Mistress has been to this theater in almost 55 years since it’s national premiere there in 1965! I’ve attached a picture of the original cast the night of the premiere that featured a red carpet, spotlights in front of the theater, and a police motorcade to escort the cast and crew in a limousine. The photos have been provided courtesy of Teddy Gregory who plays Frank, the *innocent* young cowboy in the film, who you can see circa 1962-3 in the attached photos, and will be in attendance at the screening.  

The fundraiser has now become sponsored by the Las Cruces International Film Festival and Film Las Cruces thanks to the advocacy and support of Mark Ross (thanks Ross!), and Jon Foley of Film Las Cruces. In the coming weeks, I’ll update you on press releases, interviews, news, and media around this exciting event. At the screening, where I’ll introduce The Devil’s Mistress and my research and contributions to the Wanzer archives at The Rio Grande Historical Collection at NMSU and the Institute of Historical Survey in Las Cruces, followed by a screening of a promo trailer for my work-in-progress documentary about Buddy and his contribution to film, art, and culture here in the southwest.

I have recently opened an LLC for the film that has taken longer to process that I’d like, but I’ll have updates on ticket sales as soon as it’s 100% secure if it is not already.  You can follow this link to get more info, where you will be able to purchase advanced tickets for this event, which we anticipate to sell out. If you have any trouble with the purchase or the link, please let me know, as you will be the first to have access to this information.  Please share this event with interested parties on by behalf. I’m so grateful for your support, and I look forward to seeing you at the screening, if not before. 

Save the date: December 5th, 7pm, @ The Rio Grande Theatre 

Dr. Hamzeh Named Dean’s Fellow of Diversity & Inclusion for College of A&S

A Dean’s Fellow position to work on issues of diversity and inclusion was created and advertised in early Spring 2019 for all interested faculty in the College.  

The College is fortunate to have several faculty members who exemplify the values of diversity and inclusion through their scholarship and social justice service and outreach. Our office was tasked with the difficult decision of selecting a Dean’s fellow out of an outstanding pool of applicants – and in fact we ended up selecting two fellows, both bringing a diverse set of skills and experiences to this position.

The Dean’s office selected Dr. Manal Hamzeh of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Dr. Spencer Herrera of Languages & Linguistics as this year’s Dean’s Fellows, whose letters of interest clearly showed an invested and continual commitment to various issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.  

The work that needs to be done to make our College a more diverse and inclusive place cannot be done overnight, nor should it be done in silos. As such, I have tasked Dr. Hamzeh and Dr. Herrera to help the College begin to understand what and how we need to work together toward creating a more diverse and inclusive College of Arts & Sciences. Their work will also provide important insights on shaping the LEADS 2025 plan for the College.

This process will take some time, collaboration, transparency, and a lot of listening and communicating. We are committed for the long haul to do the complex work of diversity and inclusion. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Hamzeh ( and Dr. Herrera ( to share your ideas, data, and vision as related to this endeavor. They would be more than happy to meet with you, and I encourage every department to get to know them.  





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