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Two prominent anthropologists to visit NMSU

Two prominent anthropologists will visit New Mexico State University in November as part of a new speakers program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The goal of the program is to bring in outside speakers from the social sciences, arts and humanities.

Susan Kepecs, a noted anthropologist, archaeologist, journalist and artist who spent 30 years in her field in Latin America, is an honorary fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk, "Still Standing: The Maya Market Meets the Test of Time," will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Hardman Hall, Room 104.

Patrick Lyons, head of collections and associate curator of anthropology at the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has been recognized for his work on prehistoric ceramic articles and architectural styles from the American Southwest. His talk, "A Late Prehistoric Diaspora and Feasting in the Southern Southwest," should be of interest to people interested in archaeology, ethnohistory, cultures of the Southwest and border region, and museum studies. Lyons will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. His presentation also will be in Hardman Hall, Room 104.

"Although Las Cruces is a wonderful place to live, NMSU is a bit isolated relative to universities in more major metropolitan areas," said Dan Howard, interim associate dean and director of the College of Arts and Sciences Research Center. "This new colloquium series will enhance our interactions with colleagues at other universities and will expose students, faculty and the general public to a range of outstanding thinkers and artists. The new series also highlights NMSU's growing strength in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts."

The College of Arts and Sciences is working on scheduling one speaker per week in the spring semester of 2008.