Happenings in the Humanities

The New Mexico Humanities Now program supports students in the humanities make a smooth transition from CNM to the University of New Mexico.


For degree requirements:
CHSS School Advisor
(Position currently vacant)
(505) 224-3567

Learn your way around CNM:
Amanda Glennon Alvarez
Outreach Manager 
(505) 224-4000 x 52996

Learn about transferring to UNM:
Gerardo Martinez Luna
UNM Transfer Advisor 
(505) 277-2247

How Humanities Now Can Work for You:
Danielle Berrien
Transfer Education Specialist

CNM-UNM Humanities Transfer Web Page

New Mexico Humanities Now

The New Mexico Humanities Now program supports students in the humanities make a smooth transition from CNM to the University of New Mexico. The transfer program provides student support in the transfer process, educational programs and presentations, mentoring by graduate student "Bridge Mentors," opportunities for internships, assisting faculty research, and exploring careers in the humanities.

Learn more about the transfer roadmaps and the benefits available to you.

UNM Humanities Mentor Program

How do I get to work with a mentor?

As you transfer to UNM, you will be assigned a mentor based on your intended major. Your mentor is pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. degree in your major, and very possibly was a transfer student from a community college (CNM) to a 4-year university (UNM), like you! They can give you tips on navigating the system here, and they have the scoop on internship and research (with UNM faculty) possibilities too. Your mentor’s goal is to guide you through the process of becoming a successful student at UNM, connecting you with people and resources to do so.

How can I find more information?

For more information and to get involved please contact Danielle Berrien, Transfer Education Specialist, Mellon NM Humanities Now! Program, 505.277.4621 

UNM Summer 2021 Southwest Mellon Academy

The purpose of Summer Academy is to create a seamless transfer pathway for CNM students to UNM, where students develop critical thinking and research skills for academic success. Students can earn six credits toward a UNM degree, a stipend, and mentoring for success as a UNM Lobo student. Courses are Financial Aid eligible and can be transferred back to CNM to be counted towards your CNM program completion.

For more information contact Danielle Berrien, Transfer Education Specialist, Mellon NM Humanities Now! Program, 505.277.4621

Fall 2020 Events

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About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, the Foundation supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.

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CNM is proud to partner with UNM College of Arts and Sciences in this endeavor.

These events are a part of the Community College University Partnerships funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Latin American Speaker Series 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Virtual Link:

Speaker: Dr. Doris Careaga (Chicana & Chicano Studies), Dr. Paulo "MC" Dutra (Spanish & Portugese), and Dr. Kathy McKnight (Spanish & Portugese)
Title: Rethinking Afro-Latino Culture in Mexico, the U.S. Southwest and Brazil

Description: What do the Mexican census, the Spanish empire and Hip-hop have in common? They all invite us to rethink how cultural expressions that trace roots to Africa shape Latinx cultures in the Americas. Three UNM faculty friends share their teaching and research around these interconnections. 

Dr. Doris Careaga considers a new question on the 2020 Mexican census: Por sus antepasados y de acuerdo con sus costumbres y tradiciones, ¿Usted se considera Afromexicana(o), negra(o), o Afrodescendiente? After more than 25 years of strident activism, this question has finally appeared in Mexico's census. This is the first accounting of people of African descent in Mexico in more than a century. Will the newly "discovered" African presence in Mexico force a reexamination of the contours of Chicana and Chicano communities?

Dr. Kathy McKnight explores the arrival of the Black Moor Estebanico to New Mexico in the early 1500s. How do we rethink Black history in the US Southwest by studying the appearance and disappearance, the writing and rewriting of Estebanico in Spanish, Latino, and Anglo cultures?

Dr. Paulo “MC” Dutra briefly compares Brazilian group Racionais MC’s and American rapper Ice Cube’s lyrics to show how they symbolically (re)dimension contemporary “Blackness” as a result of the constant physical and symbolic clashes that started back in the regime of slavery.

Mellon Humanities Grant Guest Speaker Andrew Taggart

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Andrew Taggart
Title: The Liberal Arts During the Meta-Crisis

Description: The liberal arts confronts a world in the midst of a meta-crisis. As the Coronavirus pandemic unfolds, we’re witnessing the ways in which fragile systems--economic, geo-political, educational, public health, and technological--are not only interconnected but are also falling apart together. During this time, I argue, the liberal arts couldn’t be more important. I know this first-hand because my background in the liberal arts helped me to learn how to inquire into the things that matter most with others around the world. Yet to make plain its importance to culture, the liberal arts will also need to reinvent itself. It can do so, I conclude, by helping us to move beyond simply valuing critical thinking and critiquing injustices to embracing, while embodying, living wisdom.

Bio: Andrew Taggart is a practical philosopher. He asks and seeks to answer the most basic questions of human existence with others around the world. In 2009, he finished a Ph.D., left the academic life, and moved to New York City because he thought the most fundamental question of how to live needed to be brought back into our everyday lives. Each day he speaks via Zoom with business executives, tech entrepreneurs, artists, and other creatives throughout the US, Canada, and Europe about the nature of a good life. He is also the founder of Askole whose aim is to help technologists examine what, at bottom, they’re taking for granted. His ideas have been discussed in Quartz, The Guardian, Big Think, Wisconsin Public Radio, TEDx, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He and his wife Alexandra, a painter, currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Latin American Speaker Series

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Friday, September 25, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.

Zoom Virtual Event Link: TBA

Speaker: Professor Anna M. Nogar, UNM Spanish & Portuguese
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Latin American Speaker Series 

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Josefina Bittar, UNM PhD Candidate Department of Linguistics
Title: Researching Paraguayan Guarani: The Minoritized Language of the Majority

Description: Paraguayan Guarani, one of the native languages of Paraguay, is spoken by more than 80% of the country’s population. However, despite government and societal efforts, Spanish remains the language of prestige, required for education opportunities and social mobility. In this presentation, Josefina Bittar will discuss the characteristics of Guarani-Spanish bilingualism in Paraguay, the importance of documenting linguistic practices in the country, and the role of researchers in challenging the population’s internalized prejudices about languages and their speakers.