Throughout history, New Mexico and its communities have long been shaped out of the confluence and clash of civilizations and empires. While these clashes have brought the state a rich and diverse tapestry of values and norms, they have also created longstanding divisions and misperceptions, often hindering governance and full democratic inclusion.
Join CrSF Creative Fellow Patrick Schaefer and CrSF Executive Director Sorakamol Prapasiri for a rare and important seminar looking into the roots of governance and of democracy in New Mexico. Readings will center on historical first-person accounts from Tribal, Spanish, Mexican, and American sources from key moments in the state’s history, where we find the words, ideas, and tools to contribute more fully to its future well-being. This experience will be conducted in the St. John’s College seminar style. We will share thoughts and perspectives, have rigorous, meaningful, and productive conversations with others, practice how to ask furthering questions, listen deeply, and synthesize ideas. Join us and experience the truest meaning of “conversation”—the journey of turning together.
Participants will receive the reading packet after registration. For the most fruitful experience, we recommend reading the assigned text twice prior to each seminar session. No additional background reading is needed. Discussion will cover only the text assigned and prior text read.
Tribal Foundations — April 3, 2024
The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo
Diné Bahane’: The Navajo Creation Story
Arrival of The Spaniards—April 10, 2024
Historia de la Nueva Mexico, 1610, Gaspar Pérez de Villagrá
Arms, Indians, and the Mismanagement of New Mexico, Donaciano Vigil
American Conquest —April 17, 2024
Commerce of the Prairies, Josiah Gregg
Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Kit Carson’s Autobiography, Kit Carson
Global Crossroads —April 24, 2024
Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
The North American Free Trade Agreement
Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields