The University of New Mexico Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) just released its spring People and Places lecture series lineup. 

The evening series features free lectures every month through May by researchers and experts in their respective fields from around the U.S. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public and will be held in the Frank Waters Room of Zimmerman Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Talks will be 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for a question and answer session.

The full schedule for the semester can be found on the event calendar. For more information contact CSWR Director Tomas Jaehn at

Upcoming lectures:

Jan. 29 | Michael Olivas, University of Houston
“Undocumented Lawyers in New Mexico and the United States: DACA and Occupational Licensing”

Feb. 20 | Caleb Wood Richardson, University of New Mexico
“George Orwell and Food”

March 19 | Matt Saionz, University of Florida
“Traitor or Scapegoat?  Manuel Armijo and the American Conquest”

April 13 | Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez, Arizona State University
“Manita/o Migration and Placemaking in Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona”
Co-sponsored with Center for Regional Studies

May 7 | Anna Nogar, University of New Mexico
“Searching North and West: María de Ágreda and the Lady in Blue in Word and Legend”

The University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) specializes in preserving historical manuscripts, books, photographs, architectural drawings, recordings, and other library materials relating to New Mexico, the Southwestern U.S., and Latin America. It also houses the UNM University Archives, as well as a collection of rare books on various topics from around the world.

Through exhibitions, lecture series and primary-source-based instruction, the CSWR is committed to engaging students, scholars and the general public.