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NMSU Library to host Mexican scholars and photo exhibits

The New Mexico State University Library is hosting a discussion with Mexican scholars and two exhibits of historical photographs as part of Homecoming 2006, Oct. 19-20.

The discussion will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of the Branson Library, followed by the opening of the two photo exhibits in the gallery at 4 p.m.

The three visiting professors from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez are Consuelo Pequeno Rodriguez, Susana Baez Ayala and Cutberto Arzate Soltero. Each will present the results of their research in the Library's Archives and Special Collections on southwest and border humanities topics.

Rodriguez, a professor of history, will discuss the "Intimacy and affection between the women of the Amador family as expressed in their correspondence, 1863-1907."

Ayala, a professor of literature, will discuss "The Rio Grande in the literary imagination of border writers Ricardo Aguilar Melantzon, Rosario Sanmiguel, Jose Manuel Garcia and others."

Soltero, a professor of linguistics, will discuss "An approach to the lexicon of colonial Spanish of the Paso del Norte Region as expressed in the 16th and 17th century documents in the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango."

The scholars are award recipients of the Library's Visiting Mexican Scholar Award program, which is organized by librarian Molly Molloy and funded by a grant from NMSU's Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.

The two photo exhibits, "The Photographs of Professor Arthur Goss" and "Flood and Drought," are from the Library's Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives and the Rio Grande Historical Collections.

The Goss exhibit features photographs taken by an NMSU chemistry professor during the 1890s who had a keen eye for capturing the flavor of life in Las Cruces, on area ranches, on the Mescalero Apache Reservation and along the border.

The exhibit "Flood and Drought" contrasts photos of flood and drought conditions in New Mexico. The flood portion features photos by Las Cruces photographers Jim Rives and Herbert W. Yeo, both of whom documented the historic flood of Aug. 29-30, 1935. The drought portion presents photos taken on the Jornada Experimental Range, showing nature in a vastly different mood.

The exhibits were curated by archives staff members Martha Andrews and Dennis Daily and will be available for viewing throughout NMSU's fall semester.

Both of the events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on the discussions by the Mexican scholars, call Molly Molloy at (505) 646-6931. For more information on the photo exhibits, call the Library's archives staff at (505) 646-3839.

Oct. 11, 2006