The annual Parish Library Lecture series begins on Wed. Oct. 18, with the first of four lectures by University of New Mexico faculty presenting original research on socioeconomic issues.

Additional lectures are scheduled for Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held on the main floor of Parish Memorial Library.

Please contact Todd Quinn, business & economics librarian at for more information.

Lecture Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12-1 p.m.
Kate Cartwright, assistant professor in the School of Public Administration will present, “Social Determinants of Motherhood.” There are many barriers which can prevent women from becoming mothers. Cartwright’s project explores how social determinants of health, such as religion and disability status, influence expectations of motherhood and attitudes about assisted reproductive technologies using the National Study of Fertility Barriers. Cartwright, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration and a senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. She teaches in the Master of Health Administration program and the combined BA/MD program.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12-1 p.m.
Dimitri Kapelianis, associate dean in the Anderson School of Management will present, “Ukukhothana: Highly stylized Protest in South Africa.” Ukukhothana is a highly-stylized public display in South Africa where competing crews gather to flaunt and taunt, displaying luxury goods while boasting of their superiority, culminating in acts of conspicuous destruction in which the luxury products are ripped, smashed, or burned. Professor Kapelianis is an organizational studies professor in the Anderson of School of Management.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 12-1 p.m.
Allison Borden, associate professor in the College of Education will present, “Schools Impact in Post-Conflict Guatemala”. Borden will discuss her research in Guatemalan schools, specifically, practices that are showing promise in efforts to strengthen citizenship in post-conflict Guatemala. Her presentation will situate her research in the history of the changing purpose(s) of schooling in democracies, with emphasis on the political role of education in development in countries like Guatemala. Allison Borden is an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education. She has consulted on education reform projects and conducted research on principal preparation and professional development in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Paraguay. Her current research focuses on democratic education and citizenship development in Guatemala and leadership preparation in the United States.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 12-1 p.m.
John Fleck, director of the Water Resources Program will present, “The Colorado River: History of Water Allocation” The Colorado River is over-appropriated, with paper allocations to seven U.S. states and Mexico greater than the "wet water" the river can provide. What did the science really say at the time those allocations were made a century ago, and how did the decision-makers use - or ignore - the data scientists were giving them? Fleck is director of The University of New Mexico Water Resources Program. A faculty member in the department of economics, he specializes in water policy and governance, with an emphasis on the Colorado River.