DEAR FRIENDS OF NEW MEXICO'S RIVERS AND WATERWAYS ~
Happy New Year! In this issue, we bring you information about the "Water Matters" Lecture tomorrow night in Santa Fe - featuring acclaimed speaker, writer, and scholar - Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez, and a heads-up on the "Acequias in Global Perspective" symposium, scheduled in early March. We encourage you to make note of the winter hours and winter location for the "Water Matters" Lecture Series in Santa Fe. Lectures begin at 5:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Foundation on the third Tuesday of each month.
We wish you a new year full of wonder (and clean abundant water!)
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AMIGOS BRAVOS "WATER MATTERS" LECTURE IN SANTA FE FEATURES
ACCLAIMED SPEAKER, WRITER, AND SCHOLAR: SYLVIA RODRIGUEZ
On the evening of Tuesday, January 15, at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Amigos Bravos will offer the seventh in a year long lecture series on "Water Matters." The lectures are free to the public and feature some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers in the state, including writers, scientists, poets, environmental activists, and scholars.
Amigos Bravos is honored to feature Sylvia Rodríguez as the January "Water Matters" lecturer.
Rodriguez is a native Taoseña, professor emerita of anthropology, and former director of the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM. She
has also taught at Carleton College and UCLA. Her research and publications have focused on interethnic relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, where over the past three decades she has studied the cultural impact of tourism, ritual and ethnic identity, and conflict over land and water. Her prize-winning publications include two books, The Matachines Dance: Ritual Symbolism and Interethnic Relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley and Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place.
Rodriguez's current work, in collaboration with grassroots organizations on the one hand, and a team of scientists on the other, deals with acequias or traditional irrigation communities and the politics of water.
On January 15, Rodríguez will speak about the significance of contemporary acequia activism and the collaborative research now being done on acequias, including community-based participatory action research, as well as multidisciplinary scientific investigation that strives to integrate hydrological, biological, economic, and sociocultural perspectives.
To listen to a terrific interview with Rodríguez, conducted by Mary-Charlotte Domandi on Santa Fe Radio Cafe, go to: http://www.santaferadiocafe.org/podcasts/?p=3598
The lecture begins at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, located between Old Santa Fe Trail and Acequia Madre, at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Hanola. For more information, call 575-758-3874.
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ACEQUIAS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
On March 2nd and 3rd, there will be a symposium in Las Cruces to look at new multidisciplinary research on New Mexico acequias in a comparative global context. The symposium will pursue a holistic understanding of acequia irrigation in the upper Rio Grande Valley as made up of interactive, interdependent, biophysical, economic, ecological, and sociocultural systems. Participating will be scholars whose perspectives on comparable social-ecological systems in other parts of the world can shed light on the particular and shared features of New Mexican acequias, as well as on the challenges they face.
Of special interest are questions about whether and how local common resource pool management can maintain or regain resilience under conditions of climate change and accelerating integration into the global economy.
The two-day event is intended to promote lively exchange among panelists and between panelists and registered participants about the nature and future of acequias and similar irrigation systems in Spain, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Chile, and Bali.
The symposium will be followed by a workshop in which acequia scholars and activists are invited to formulate and propose an agenda of research and policy based on new insight. For more information
go to: http://globalperspectives2013.wrri.nmsu.edu/
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