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Academy for Learning in Retirement covers New Mexico’s built environment in November programs


The NMSU Academy for Learning in Retirement (ALR) will host four presentations in November about the development of New Mexico’s built environment, ALR member Jeffrey Brown said in a news release. The programs “will explore the development of New Mexico architectural styles and what they can teach us about New Mexico’s history and cultures,” Brown said. The presentations “developed from his experiences in teaching historic preservation and New Mexico history as well as his work with communities around the state in preserving their pasts.”

The presenter will be Jon Hunner, Ph.D., emeritus professor of the NSMU Department of History. His series is titled “From Pre-Adobe to Post-Pandemic: A Brief Look at New Mexico’s Built Environment.”

Here is the schedule, with each program beginning at 10:30 a.m. (log in as early as 10 a.m.):

Monday, Nov. 8: Pre-Contact Native New Mexicans: A Rock Clock.

Wednesday, Nov. 10: Nuevo Mexicanos/as and the Rise of Adobe.

Monday, Nov. 15: Territorial New Mexico: Becoming the State Different.

Wednesday, Nov. 17” “O Fair New Mexico” – From Spanish Pueblo Revival to Spaceport Chic.

Hunner earned a bachelor of arts degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe in 1974 and a master’s degree (1993) and a Ph.D. (1996) from the University of New Mexico. Hunner began teaching at NMSU in 1995 and taught U.S. and public history 1995-2018.

Hunner has published “Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community,” “J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Cold War, and the Atomic West” and “The Mesilla Valley: An Oasis in the Desert.”

In 2016, Hunner “drove more than 60,000 miles visiting places where history actually happened and is mainly preserved by the National Park Service,” Brown said. “He is writing a history of the United States from those visits.”

Audience members may register at dacc.nmsu.edu/ALR under the link ALR Presentation Purchase Options. The cost for individual ALR sessions is $5.

ALR will e-mail a Zoom link to registrants the evening before each presentation.

ALR is a nonprofit started in 1992 by former NMSU President Gerald Thomas, along with retired deans Thomas Gale, Virginia Higbie, Flavia McCormick and others, including former professor and teacher Clarence Fielder.

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