For more than twenty years, Joel M. Jones made his mark on The University of New Mexico (UNM) community. After receiving his Ph.D. in American Studies from UNM, in 1969 he became the chairperson of American Studies, and over the next 19 years, he served in various academic and organizational roles. Jones’s career as a prolific and charismatic scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator left a lasting legacy at UNM.

To honor that legacy, join the Department of American Studies at the first Joel M. Jones Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Historian, writer, feminist, and social justice activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will deliver the inaugural lecture titled, “Settler Colonialism, Immigration, and White Nationalism in the United States.”

Dunbar-Ortiz is an internationally recognized expert on Indigenous history who, along with Joel Jones, was instrumental in founding UNM’s Native American Studies Program. Dunbar-Ortiz is a recent recipient of the prestigious Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award. She is the author of many books, including “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States,” and her most recent book, “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.”

Please join us for a reception at 5 p.m. before the lecture start at 6 p.m. in Hodgin Hall on UNM’s main campus. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends of Joel Jones, and the Department of American Studies are welcome to attend. RSVP to the Department of American Studies at

Dunbar-Ortiz’s lecture and the annual Joel Jones Memorial Lecture are made possible by the generous support of many donors. To contribute to the endowed fund, visit the Joel M. Jones Lecture Series in American Studies webpage.