The University of New Mexico's Latin American & Iberian Institute presents "Cooking up Mexican Modernity: Josefina Velázquez de León, 1940-1960" with Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Diana Montaño on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at noon in the Waters Room, Zimmerman Library.

Velázquez de León played a central role in the construction of the ideal modern Mexican homemaker and the incorporation of electrical appliances in the elaboration of national dishes bridging modern kitchen technology with traditional national cuisine.

Montaño is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Arizona. She was awarded the Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar travel grant, which is funded by a generous gift to the LAII from Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf. The travel grants provides faculty and graduate students the opportunity to work with one of the largest and most complete Latin American library collections in the United States.

Montaño will be at UNM until August 10 to examine cookbooks, advice manuals, women's magazines and electrical appliances' manuals.

For more information about the Visiting Library Scholar program, visit: LAII.