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Rural schools focus of first Southwest and Border Cultures Institute lecture

Historian Vicki Ruiz will speak about rural schools during a lecture at New Mexico State University Tuesday, April 15, in Hardman Hall Room 208.

The lecture, co-sponsored by the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute and the Department of History as its annual Duval Lecture, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ruiz, a professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California-Irvine, will give a lecture titled, "Big Dreams, Rural Schools: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950."

Ruiz specializes in Mexican-American history, oral narratives, gender studies, labor, as well as California and the West. Her presentation will draw on an array of archival sources, newspapers, secondary literature and oral narratives to provide a historical overview of education in the lives of rural Mexican-American youth.

"Rural schools offered Mexican-American children more than reading, writing and arithmetic," Ruiz said. "They could nurture expectations, aspirations and even opportunities while simultaneously remembering their place as children of Mexican farm workers, miners and rail hands."

The university's Southwest and Border Cultures Institute promotes humanities research, education and public outreach activities with a special emphasis on understanding and maintaining the unique cultural heritage of the region. This will be the first public lecture hosted by the institute.

The Duval Lecture is held each year by the history department in memory of Charles Duval, a professor in the department who was killed in an automobile accident in 1972.

For more information call (505) 646-4409.