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Southwest studies brings NMSU's fall colloquium to a close

A new approach to Southwest Studies is the focus of the final segment of the College of Arts and Sciences' Fall Colloquium series at New Mexico State University.

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman, a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico, will give the final presentation, "Critical Regionalism and Studies of the Southwest" of the College of Arts and Sciences Fall 2011 Colloquium Series from 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in Science Hall, Room 107. (Courtesy photo)

Melina Vizcaino-Aleman, an expert in Chicano Hispano Mexicano studies, will introduce the idea of critical regionalism, tracing it from its architectural roots to its applicability in southwest studies.

The lecture titled, "Critical Regionalism and Studies of the Southwest," is from 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Science Hall Room 107.

"The U.S. Southwest is becoming an increasingly important region of the country for a variety of reasons, one of them is the proximity to the border in this age of globalization," said Monica Torres, an associate professor and head of the Department of English at NMSU. "This talk will help us more fully understand the complexities of the Southwest by exploring key literary and cultural artifacts produced by writers and artists of the Southwest and situating that work in relation to both global expansion and literary modernism."

After outlining the historical development and articulating key theoretical and critical elements, Vizcaino-Aleman will propose the use of critical regionalism as a methodology to consider key texts in Chicano/Chicana, border and Southwest Studies.

Vizcaino-Aleman is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico and holds a Ph.D. from the American Studies Department at UNM.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Monica Torres at 575-646-2319. A parking permit for off-campus visitors may be obtained at https://corridor.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/epermit.aspx.

The Fall 2011 Colloquium Series is sponsored by the NMSU Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.