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Summer history course for New Mexico teachers aims to create common ground

Thirty-two teachers from across the state have gathered at New Mexico State University during the month of June for Common Ground 2001, a summer course focusing on the history of New Mexico.

sored by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities and New Mexico State, Common Ground 2001 provides the teachers the opportunity to learn more about the history of New Mexico, while sharing common concerns and problems involved in teaching the history of the border region.

"Teachers who teach the history of the state need opportunities to sharpen their knowledge of New Mexico's history, to hear the latest views, to compare notes with colleagues from around the state, to draw upon existing resources and materials, and to develop new ones," said Steve Fox, assistant director of NMEH. "Common Ground provides these opportunities."

Highlights of the June 6-28 course have included guest speakers and a three-day visit to Chihuahua City, Mexico, featuring joint sessions with Chihuahua teachers.

Many of the teachers' students have ancestors from Mexico or were born there themselves, said Jon Hunner, assistant professor of history at New Mexico State.

"This allows them to see where their students come from," Hunner said. "Many of them have said it's invaluable to be able to step in the shoes of their students and some have said it's the best program of this type that they have attended."

The program is in its seventh year. Hunner said acceptance is competitive and those chosen to participate are provided with free lodging and meals, as well as course materials.

For more information on Common Ground 2001, visit the web site for the NMEH at http://www.nmeh.org.