The University of New Mexico Libraries’ Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) is announcing its spring People and Places lecture series. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

The evening series features free monthly lectures every month through May by researchers and experts in their respective fields from around the U.S. (and occasionally from around the world).

The spring lineup includes:

Feb. 8 Brett Hendrickson, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, presenting "Whose Dirt? Healing, Tourism, and Access at the Santuario de Chimayó”.

Mar. 1 Jon Hunner, New Mexico State University, presenting “Driven by History: A Road Trip through our Nation’s Past”.

Apr. 26 Klint Burgio-Ericson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, presenting “Cloisters and Franciscan Placemaking in the 17th Century New Mexico”.

May 3 Monica Varsanyi, John Jay College, City University of New York, presenting “The ‘Alien Menace’?: New Mexico’s Response to the Colorado Migrant Blockade of 1935-1937”.

All lectures will be held in the Frank Waters Room in Zimmerman Library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Talks will be 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for Q&As.

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

This series is sponsored in part by the UNM Satellite Coffee locations.