Enrique Lamadrid and Miguel Gandert are the featured speakers in October's International Task Force meeting and luncheon on Tuesday, Oct.19, from 12-1:30 p.m. in the Scholes Hall Roberts Room.

Their talk is titled, "International Travel, Developing Multi-disciplinary, pedagogical and new media strategies for students and colleagues, recent case studies, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Spain."

Lamadrid and Gandert will report on their recent work in Nicaragua where they took UNM students to study and photograph various festivals that bear a resemblance to those in this region.

Lamadrid, professor of Spanish and director of Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies, focuses on Hispano / Chicano folklore; folk music, literature ethnopoetics and culture; and international and experiential education.

Lamadrid has conducted fieldwork all over New Mexico, and in Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. Lamadrid served as a field worker and presenter for the Smithsonian Institution's Festivals of American Folk Life, and has done extensive work for the Museum of International Folk Art, where his recordings of New Mexican folk music and narrative are featured in a permanent audio exhibit in the Hispanic Heritage Wing.

Miguel Gandert is a professor in Communication & Journalism. He has photographed the social rituals, people and landscape of his native New Mexico. Gandert's many national and international exhibitions over the years include shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in 1990.

Gandert and Lamadrid published, Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption, University of New Mexico Press, 2003.

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Kathryn R. Padilla no later than Monday, Oct. 18 by 5 p.m. to katpad@unm.edu.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu