January 2017 begins anew with a Public History master’s program at New Mexico State University located in Las Cruces. My accepted for admission Statement of Purpose outlines an initiative to record, catalog, and present an narrative research on Poverty, Homelessness, and Child Hunger in New Mexico borderlands.
At NMSU, a 1997 project called Preserving Community/Cuentos del Varrio (an Oral History Manual) taught oral history methods to alternative teaching and learning teens at Gadsden High’s Panther Achievement Center (PAC). The result is a collection of rural New Mexico heritage narrative recordings which helped students to learn history of the United States using methodologies to foster open dialog and collective memory of southern New Mexico and West Texas communities.
Information about my own new direction will update here at the NMSU Record Narrative blogroll, created to feature highlight clips of narrators who research, make connections, and work to alleviate New Mexico’s cycle of poverty, homelessness, and child hunger.
Potential collaborators who are available in Las Cruces and on the New Mexico State University campus are welcome to contact me.
At this time, I hope to begin seeking potential narrators March 2017.