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Summer history institute offered to New Mexico teachers

"Common Ground 2003," an intensive eight-day institute on New Mexico history, is available free to New Mexico teachers June 14-22.

ed by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities (NMEH), the institute will cover a wide range of time periods in the state's history and the many people who have contributed to New Mexico heritage, said Jon Hunner, director of New Mexico State University's Public History Program.

Historians from New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico and other distinguished scholars will explore New Mexico's past from pre-colonial times to the present. The institute will be held in Farmington and will intersperse field trips to points of historical interest with lecture sessions including ideas for innovative teaching methods.

"Common Ground offers the latest scholarship in New Mexican history," Hunner said.

Participating lecturers include Hunner; Chris Wilson, an architectural historian; Virginia Scharff, director of UNM's Center for the Southwest; Miguel Gandert, professor of communications and journalism; Durwood Ball, editor of "New Mexico Historical Review" and author of "Army Regulars on the Western Frontier;" Jenifer Denetdale, a history professor; and Art Gomez, a historian with the National Park Service in Santa Fe and author of "Quest for the Golden Circle."

Information about the teachers' institute from last year is available on the NMEH Web site at http://www.nmeh.org, under programs.

For more information or to register to participate in the 2003 free summer institute, contact Hunner at (505) 646-2490 or jhunner@nmsu.edu or Ball at (505) 277-7847 or lball@unm.edu.