The University of New Mexico Maxwell Museum presents a Ruth E. Kennedy Memorial lecture, "Soiled Doves and Sympathetic Cops: Discourses of Punishment and Redemption in Housing for the Urban Poor," with Andrea M. Lopez, on Thursday, March 7 at 4 p.m. at Hibben Center, room 105. Reception follows. Event is free and open to the public.

In San Francisco, housing and health policy have created a social geography in which concentrations of single room occupancy hotels operate as quasi-institutional housing environments for the city's most vulnerable populations with addiction and mental illness. This presentation draws from 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork among drug-using women who move between a network of neighborhood hotels.

Lopez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology and fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the UNM. She grew up along the United States/Mexico border, in El Paso, Texas, and completed her bachelor of arts degree in anthropology at San Francisco State University, with a focus on urban anthropology and substance use. In 2007, she received a master's degree in anthropology from UNM.

The Ruth E. Kennedy Award is given annually by the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology to honor the memory of Ruth E. Kennedy, wife of Edwin L. Kennedy, a major donor to the museum. Initiated in 1981, the award recognizes Mrs. Kennedy's abiding interest in public education.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Maxwell Museum and the Department of Anthropology.