David Holtby will present the 2011 Richard W. Etulain Lecture, "The Surprising Case of New Mexico: Some Statehood Stories and Their Meanings," Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in George Pearl Hall, lecture room P104.

Holtby looks at some of the forgotten stories of New Mexico's history and shows how they have enriched our understanding of N.M.'s path to statehood over the past century. 

The lecture is based on research from his forthcoming book, "Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico's Struggle for Statehood, 1894-1912" published by the University of Oklahoma Press. The book is set for release in fall of 2012.

Holtby is currently a part-time research scholar for UNM's Center for Regional Studies. He spent 28 years in scholarly publishing and retired as editor in chief and associate director of University of New Mexico Press in 2006. He earned his doctorate at UNM in 1978 and wrote an award winning dissertation on the social origins of the Spanish Civil War.

The Etulain Lecture was conceived by Calvin P. Horn and Holtby to honor the professional accomplishments of UNM History Professor Richard W. Etulain. The endowed lecture series is presented by UNM faculty members whose scholarship contributes to the regional history of the Southwest. The series is funded by the C. Ruth and Calvin P. Horn Endowment.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

For more information, contact the Center for the Southwest at (505) 277-7688 or e-mail cntrsw@unm.edu or visit Center for the Southwest.