Sam Markwell, Office of the State Historian Scholar

UNM graduate student Sam Markwell explores the political, economic and cultural conditions in which the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) was established.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be on Wednesday, June 29, at 4 p.m. in the Frank Waters Room 105 in Zimmerman Library.

Markwell will have a particular focus on how it has affected pueblo and acequia communities and their claims to water rights within the larger context of change shaping the 20th century.  The lecture will explore how the "Conservancy Project" became and remained the MGSD through the long and ongoing processes of negotiation, contestation and incorporation among rural and urban communities, financial institutions, municipalities and state and federal government agencies.

Markwell is a graduate of the UNM School of Anthropology and is expanding on work he discovered during his time as an undergraduate.  Currently his studies focus on the cultural politics of water in the South Valley area of Albuquerque with a special interest in environmental justice.

The lecture is cosponsored by the Office of the State Historian Scholars Program, the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Center for Southwest Research.

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