University of New Mexico American Literary Studies Professor Jesse Alemán has been named the 2015 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar in Literature at Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, N.M.

Alemán will be in residency in Taos in May and June to participate in a two-week summer seminar on “The Nuclear Bomb and the Land of Enchantment,” taught under the auspices of OSU’s Doel Reed Center summer program. As the Burke Visiting Scholar, Alemán will interact with students enrolled in the class, give a public presentation in Taos, and visit OSU’s main campus for a lecture event during the academic year. The Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar in Literature is also awarded a $5,000 honorarium.

Named after the internationally acclaimed graphic artist, the Doel Reed Center offers classes characterized by cross-disciplinary approaches to teaching, research and outreaching focusing on the Southwest. Alemán’s participation as Burke Visiting Scholar comes in preparation of his own graduate seminar, “The Nuclear Southwest,” which he’ll be teaching for the Bread Loaf School of English’s summer graduate program in Santa Fe.