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National University of Ireland professor to give lecture

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Latin American and Border Studies (CLABS) at New Mexico State University will present a lecture by Lawrence Taylor, professor and department head of anthropology at the National University of Ireland, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Nason House on campus.

In "An American Pilgrimage: Walking with the O'odham to Magdalena, Sonora," Taylor will present the story of Anton Felix, O'odham religious entrepreneur, and his walk across the border through the Sonora desert.

A revival, complete with a number of "invented traditions," the pilgrimage combines O'odham, Catholic and American military elements in a creative attempt to re-enchant the same landscape through which thousands of Mexican immigrants move in the opposite direction.

This presentation is part of Taylor's larger project on the actions of a variety of moral entrepreneurs, including the leaders of humanitarians, minutemen and wilderness advocates, to define the meaning and moral valence of the contested desert borderlands. The book treating these cases will be called "Sacred Ground: Moral Geographies on the edge of America."

Taylor has conducted extensive research in Ireland and on the Arizona/Mexico border. He is the author of "Occasions of Faith: An Anthropology of Irish Catholics," "The Road to Mexico," "Tunnel Kids" and "Ambos Nogales: Intimate Portraits of the U.S./Mexico Border."

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call Becca Kungis at (505) 646-6814.

Dec. 1, 2006