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Final installment in colloquium series will include lecture and storytelling performance

New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences will wrap up its fall colloquium series with a lecture by guest speaker Stephen Fadden, an accomplished Native American educator, storyteller and performing artist from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. The lecture, titled "Native American Ethnoastronomy and Star Stories," will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Room 107 of NMSU's Science Hall.

The colloquium will be a combination of both lecture and performance, and will examine the role of storytelling in passing down traditional knowledge and understanding of the cosmos within Native American cultures. The lecture portion will explore Native American cultures of the Western Hemisphere and their views about the cosmos. A storytelling performance done in a contemporary style will follow.

"The presentation will provide NMSU students, faculty and the public audience an opportunity to experience and understand culture's role in shaping perceptions of the universe," NMSU associate professor of anthropology and colloquium coordinator Lois Stanford said. "The lecture, combined with the performance, will provide a different way of learning and help us to understand how Native Americans have viewed the cosmos."

Fadden's professional career reflects his commitment to multicultural education and cross-cultural awareness. He has written, performed and taught Native American mythology for more than 20 years and lectured and performed at a variety of venues including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institute and the National Museum of the American Indian.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 575-646-6092.

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