Professor Emeritus John Kessell will give a lecture on Southwestern mapmaking on Friday, Sept. 9 in the UNM History Department Commons Room—1104 Mesa Vista Hall—from 2:30-4 p.m.

Kessell specializes in colonial Southwestern history and has received numerous awards for his scholarship. Additionally, Kessell has been published multiple times, including his latest book “Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico.” In his latest book, Kessell gives an even-handed narrative of the tumultuous Spanish colony in New Mexico.

Since his retirement from UNM in 2000, Kessell has continued to lecture to many groups on topics relating to Spain’s presence in the American Southwest. He has cooperated with the Teach America program, offering the Spanish background in seminars for high school teachers.

Kessell recently finished a lecture with the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Jamestown, Québec, and Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings,” placing Santa Fe’s unique history in its Spanish context.

For more information about the lecture, email Cindy Tyson at or call 505-277-7847.