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The Centennial Speaker Series will resume in February

The Centennial Speaker Series that began last fall in honor of the state's centennial that will take place in 2012 will continue this February.


Frankie Miller, a buyer for the New Mexico State University Bookstore and graduate student in history, said she originally worked with Jon Hunner, a history professor, to get the community together and prepare for the state centennial. As a result, she began the Centennial Speaker Series.

"It is important to start now," Miller said. "It gives groups enough time for fundraising and scholars that want to write a book about New Mexico can do so in time."

Last semester, speakers included Edward Staski, a NMSU anthropology professor, Terry Reynolds University Museum curator, who spoke about the Amador women, Marsha Weisiger, a NMSU history professor and Pat Beckett, former NMSU anthropology and archaeology professor and former owner of COAS Bookstore.

The first speaker of this semester will be Laura Gomez, a faculty member in the University of New Mexico's government department. She will speak about her new book, "Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race," from 2 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Otero Room of Corbett Center Student Union.

The next speaker will be Noel H. Pugach, a retired UNM history professor, on Feb. 17. His speech about Judaism in New Mexico during the 20th century will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Temple Beth El, located at 3980 Sonoma Spring Ave. Guest panelists will include David Steinborn, Jeff Brown, Bea Kline and Frances Williams. It is sponsored in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Miller said more speakers are to come. She and the art department will bring in photographer Douglas Kent Hall sometime in March. Nancy Shockley from the history department will speak about World War II sometime in April. Times, dates and locations for these events will be announced soon.

All of the lectures are available on Podcasts on the bookstore Web site. Miller said by the centennial, she hopes to have 40 to 50 lectures available.

Miller said she tried to choose a variety of speakers that each knew something different about New Mexico and its history.

"We want the centennial year to be the best it can be and represent the best of New Mexico and its diverse and great history," Miller said.

Miller said the history department has been very supportive including Jeff Brown, head of the department, who is a member of the New Mexico Centennial Planning Committee.

As time goes on, Miller said more and more groups are becoming involved with the centennial celebration. She encourages others also to become involved.

"NMSU is really important to the centennial," Miller said. "The campus has grown up with the state."

Miller said the bookstore always supports events on campus and in the community and can always make books available for any lectures or speakers.

For more information call Miller at (575) 646-7660.
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The series will be in lecture format followed by a question and answer session. All of the lectures will be held at the Science Hall 107 with the exception of the first and last lecture. Each series will be an hour and half to start at 4 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Brian Holmes from San Jose State University will kick off the series Feb. 4 in the Music Recital Hall at the Music Building.

His lecture, "The Physics of Music," will cover how the various components of the brass instrument contribute to its acoustics. He will also address tone quality and point out the functions of harmonics related to the various sizes and shapes of brass instruments. He will talk about how most of the sound in a tube reflects from an open end rather than being transmitted into a room. Nancy Joy, horn professor at NMSU, said further discussion will cover what determines the frequencies of standing waves on a spring, or why does changing the end of the spring from a note to an anti-note lower the frequency of standing waves on the spring.

She said Holmes will also perform Mozart's 3rd Horn Concerto in Eb Major on a "natural" horn, which is a horn without valves.

Holmes is a professor of physics at San Jose State and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of physics and brass acoustics. An exceptional musician, Holmes has performed with the Boston Ballet, the San Jose Symphony and Opera San Jose. His accomplishments include publications, commissions, many performances and he is a prize-winning composer.

Series schedule:

Feb. 4 - Brian Holmes, San Jose State University, "The Physics of Music,"
Music Recital Hall, Music Building

Feb. 11 - Edward Diener, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "The Science of
Happiness," Science Hall 107

Feb. 18 - Kathleen Canning, University of Michigan, "New Women and the Crisis of Modernity in Weimar Germany," Science Hall 107

Feb. 25 - Peter Turchi, Warren Wilson College, "Maps of the Imagination," Science Hall 107

March 10 - Carol Counihan, Millersville University, "Mexicanas' Stories of Food and Identity in the San Luis Valley," Science Hall 107.

March 31 - Maria Will de Chaparro, Texas Women's University, "Disposal of the Dead in 19th Century New Mexico," Science Hall 107

April 7 - Karl Yordy, consultant, Institute of Medicine, "Health Care Reform in 2008: Issues and Prospects," Science Hall 107

April 21 - Xie Boliang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, "Women in Chinese Classic Drama," Isabel Crouch Reader's Theatre, Speech Building 141