The English Department is deeply involved in a number of facets of the wider community, on the University, City, State, and National levels.
The Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest
Thanks to a generous contribution from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya, the UNM English Department established the Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest in 2010. The annual lecture series brings together students, faculty, and community members to address the rich traditions of Southwest literature and new directions in literary and cultural scholarship for our dynamic region. The annual Anaya Lecture is free and open to the public. More information can be found on the Anaya Lecture page.
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D. H. Lawrence Ranch Initiatives
Kiowa Ranch, more popularly known as the D.H. Lawrence Ranch, lies about 20 miles north of Taos, New Mexico, on Lobo Mountain near San Cristobal. It was entrusted to the University of New Mexico in 1955 by D.H. Lawrence’s widow Frieda for the purpose of creating a public memorial to the author. The 160-acre ranch itself stands at at 8,500 feet above sea level and is administered by a committee co-chaired by Gary Smith, Associate Director of the Physical Plant Department, and Sharon Oard Warner, Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English.
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Institute for Medieval Studies
"The Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico offers a variety of programs dedicated to university and civic outreach, as well as to the enrichment of scholarship, teaching, and research in the civilizations of medieval Europe and its neighbors from 500 to 1500. Through special student opportunities and advanced research activities, and through its links with graduate degree programs offered by UNM departments, the Institute is committed to furthering the transmission and preservation of our rich heritage from the Middle Ages. Our programs operate under the philosophy that the study of medieval culture provides a powerful vantage point from which to evaluate our own and other cultures and to reflect on the complexity of human behavior and institutions."
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UNM Summer Writer's Conference in Santa Fe
"Named as one of the Top Ten writers’ conferences in the United States by USA Today, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference has been held in Taos, New Mexico for the past seventeen years (1999-2015). Beginning in 2016, with our 18th annual gathering, (July 24-31, 2016), we will be based in Santa Fe at the comfortably elegant Drury Plaza Hotel–which is a two-minute walk from the historic Plaza and Canyon Road....Although the name and the location are changing, the tenor of the gathering will remain the same: inclusive, nurturing, and inspirational...Each year, the Conference invites several agents, editors and publishing professionals to consult with Conference participants."
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