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College of Arts and Sciences scholars to address modern diversity in colloquium

Diversity is the focus of the College of Arts and Sciences spring 2013 colloquium series. Two Monday talks have been scheduled from 4-5:15 p.m. Feb. 11 and April 15, in Science Hall Room 107, on the New Mexico State University campus. The presentations are free and open to the public.

"For the last number of decades, critical issues of diversity and equity have emerged as a result of significant shifts in demographics, important developments in globalization and changing ideas about cultural identities," said Monica Torres, English department head. "We want to use the series to explore how current scholarship informs how we think, or should think, about diversity in the 21st century."

Christina A. Medina, an assistant professor in the government department, will give the first discussion of the series. In the talk, Medina will focus on what universities should do to ensure the successful retention of both students and faculty from populations historically underrepresented in colleges and universities.

Her talk, "Addressing Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Students and Faculty: What More Institutions Should Be Doing," is scheduled from 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11.

Carlos Posadas, associate professor and criminal justice department head, and Dulcinea Lara, criminal justice assistant professor, will team up for their presentation that investigates the role of the museum at a time of heightened concern about the migration of peoples across international borders. With an examination of the National Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Texas, this collaborative, cross-disciplinary exercise critically explores institutionalized racism and the ways that this "institution" creates and disseminates knowledge.

Their talk, "Display of the 'Criminal Other:' A Field Trip to the National Border Patrol Museum," is scheduled from 4-5:15 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Torres said additional colloquium talks may be scheduled during the semester pending collaborations still in process. More information will be distributed as arrangements are made.

For more information about the series or to schedule a talk contact Torres at mftorres@nmsu.edu.