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NMSU to present OAH Distinguished Lecturer

Indian witches in colonial New Mexico will be the topic of a lecture by noted historian Ramón Gutiérrez at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Milton Hall Room 171 at New Mexico State University.

nguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians, Gutiérrez will analyze the accusations of witchcraft made against Indian women in colonial New Mexico as a window into the collective anxieties of New Mexicans during the late 18th century.

"Many people may assume that history involves only warfare, major battles, and diplomatic negotiations," said Jeff Brown, head of history department. He noted that "historians also try to understand complex social, cultural, economic and religious developments that have shaped the past. Dr. Gutiérrez will discuss several of these vital topics."

Gutiérrez, an expert on the Hispanic experience in colonial New Mexico, is a professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. He founded the university's ethnic studies department and the Center for the study of race and ethnicity.

For more information on Gutiérrez' speech, "The Indian Witches of Colonial New Mexico: Gender and Sexuality in the 18th Century," contact NMSU's Department of History at (505) 646-4601.