Espejos de Aztlan

Espejos de Aztlan

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Burque's Flow With Mercedez Holtry

Mon.2/20, 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/ Humanos de Nuevo México . We´ll listen to the powerful story of Albuquerque poet, Mercedez Holtry who talks about rooting identity into her craft. Mercedez, is born and raised in Albuquerque and is part of the up and in coming local artist to keep an eye out for: " Burque in a sense is a rough town. It can be rough; it can be filled with heartache. There's a lot of bad that happens here but in my heart I know there's more good that tops that bad." She goes on to talk about her own self-identity formations: "I've come to the conclusion that I'm a mestiza. I'm a mix child. I come from all of this beautiful rich history within New Mexico." With the goal of gathering the diversity of New Mexican cultural traditions, the project Humans of New Mexico focuses on oral history -recorded and archived for future generations- prioritizing oral and language traditions. This

Humanos De New Mexico: The Zamora Familia On Cultural Preservation And Traditional Practices

Mon. 1/16, 7p:Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de New Mexico . We´ll listen to the Zamora family story which includes: Crystal, David and Paz, who share their different experiences of growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paz (father) talks about learning Danza Azteca from a trip in his youth to Mexico City and bringing it to Albuquerque: " I've been doing Danza for 40 years. As a young man I was a Chicano activist and then a member of the American Indian Movement and that's why I ended up going down to Mexico and ultimately getting in touch with Danza and becoming a Danzante. I'm the leader of the group [Kalpulli Ehekatl/Ehekatl Aztec Dancers]. " David speaks to the social responsibility of educating people on the cultural sensitivity when encountering Danza Azteca: " Everybody calls them a costume. 'Oh that's such a pretty costume can I borrow it for Halloween?' Instead of getting offended we just let

Humanos De New Mexico: The Zamora Familia On Cultural Preservation And Traditional Practices

"Genízaro Nation"

Mon. 1/9, 7p: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Spanish, Dr. Enrique Lamadrid and Prof. Moisés Gonzáles , Community & Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico are shining light on a topic that challenges cultural identities in New Mexico through their forthcoming book "Genízaro Nation". A NPR Report by John Burnett highlighted the slavery of Native Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in New Mexico. Professors Lamadrid and Gonzáles talk with host Cristina Baccin about the complexity of the topic and how it can help better understand our New Mexican ancestors and our present society. More information: - Genizaro Federation of New Mexico

"Cristales De Tiempo" (Crystals Of Time)

Mon. 12/4, 7 pm: Dr. Patricia Rosas Lopátequi guides us through the poetic world of the great Latin American writer, Elena Garro (1916-1998, México) on Espejos de Aztlán, hosted by Cristina Baccin. Controversial, ethereal, and a warrior for social justice, Ms. Elena Garro still ignites passionate debates about her political points of view. As a woman active within male dominant intellectual circles (beginning with her former husband, Nobel Prize winning author, Octavio Paz), Ms. Garro was - and still is - a critical and poignant voice. Are you ready to listen to her perspectives through poetry?Elena Garro's talent as a social activist, playwright, novelist, journalist, and poet is portrayed by Prof. Patricia Rosas Lopátegui (Chicana and Chicano Studies Department) as part of the celebration of Elena Garro's Centennial. A new book, "Cristales de tiempo" (Crystals of time), a compilation of Ms. Garro's poetry was published by Prof. Lopátegui. We share a recital of some of her poems by

Stories Of Humanos De New Mexico: The Advocate Ralph And The Reflective Victoria

Mon. 11/28, 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de New Mexico. We´ll listen to the life stories of Ralph A. Vigil II and Victoria Maestas, who share their different experiences of living in New Mexico for many generations. Ralph, from the Pecos Valley in northern New Mexico, speaks to growing up and being connected to the land: "You can feel the energy here, it's just great to be part of this area, this region, and carry on the traditions. This whole region is just rich in history and cultural traditions." Victoria's story in contrast elicits nostalgia of growing up in Albuquerque's urban growth phase. She reflects on going to the oldest school in the city and also of growing up through the turbulent times of the 1970's: "I also miss the 70's. A lot was going in the country. There was a lot of protest going on." With the goal of gathering the diversity of New Mexican cultural traditions, the project

Stories Of Humanos De New Mexico: The Advocate Ralph And The Reflective Victoria

Oaxacan Leaders & "Educational Reform" In Mexico

Mon. 11/7, 7p: Interview with Oaxacan leaders of the Coordinadora Nacional de los Trabajadores de Educación (Sección XXII), Mayem Arellanes Cano and Fernando Soberanes Bojórquez about the struggles for public education, human rights and what are they fighting to protect in Oaxaca (México) hosted by Cristina Baccin. UNM Professor Lois Meyer joins us in the conversation. ///Lunes, 7 de noviembre, 19 hs.: Entrevistamos a los líderes de Oaxaca (México), Mayem Arellanes Cano y Fernando Soberanes Bojórquez acerca de la lucha en defensa de la educación pública y derechos humanos en dicha región y la controvertida "Reforma Educativa" que el actual Presidente de México, Enrique Peña Nieto pretende instalar. Sound archives: Centro de Comunicación Social de la Sección XXII, SNTE - CNTE, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

Latina Teacher Wins A Milken Educator Award: Melissa Tapia-Kovac

Mon. 11/7, 7:30p: A Latina second-grade teacher from Santa Fe (New Mexico) Melissa Tapia-Kovac received $25,000 from the Milken Educator Awards. From Amy Biehl Community School at Rancho Viejo, Ms. Kovac is one of the 35 recipients of this nationwide recognition for teaching. This award, hailed as the "Oscars of Teaching", recognizes her commitment to her students, their families and the community. She shares with host Cristina Baccin her teaching strategies and her wishes for public education in New Mexico. More info:

Stories Of Humanos De New Mexico: The Thoughtful Suyent And The Hardworking Juan Carlos

Mon. 9/24, 7p: Oral history through "testimonio" is at the heart of the community collective project, Humans of New Mexico/Humanos de New Mexico. We´ll listen to the life stories of Juan Carlos Martínez and Suyent Rodríguez, who share their different experiences of immigration and life in the US as immigrants. Suyent, a Cuban born student, contrasts the two worlds she has been living: "A los 13 años me pasé 2 meses en Cuba y no quería regresar a los Estados Unidos. Me quería quedar en Cuba ya. Pero tuve que regresar, regresé. Cada vez que regreso hago una reflexión diferente. A veces es negativa, desafortunadamente. Mientras más tiempo pasa, más negativa es mi reflexión. Entonces esta última vez que fui, fue un shock, porque nunca había tenido una experiencia tan negativa. No la experiencia con el país, sino cuando yo me senté y pensé cómo estaba el país, la gente, la sociedad, fue muy negativa y me dolió el corazón. Me acordé cuando tuve 13 años y pasé esos 2 meses y no quería

Stories Of Humanos De New Mexico: The Thoughtful Suyent And The Hardworking Juan Carlos

José Orduña: "The Weight Of Shadows"

Mon. 10/31, 7p: On ESPEJOS DE AZTLÁN, an interview by Cristina Baccin with author and UNM Assistant Professor José Orduña about how immigrants' everyday life is intertwined with the USA´s immigration and social policies and history. Yolanda, Martín, Octavio, José and his abuela are part of this interview which is based on Mr. Orduña's just released book "The Weight of Shadows".

Interview With Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), is a national organization founded in the 1960's to defend Latino legal and civil rights. MALDEF President, Thomas Saenz visited Espejos de Aztlán to speak with host Cristina Baccin about some priorities in the defense of Latino civil rights, especially regarding the right to vote. Mr. Saenz also talks about his deep concerns regarding other topics affecting New Mexicans, such as: wage theft by New Mexico's Taxation & Revenue Department, the right to public education, and the federal immigration programs DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability).

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