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Conference Schedule


Historias de Nuevomexico
October 12 -14, 2017
Northern New Mexico College - Española, NM
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center -  Alcalde, NM


Thursday Evening (10/12)


Pre-Conference Registration 4 - 6 pm


6:00 – 8:00 pm, Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center

Honoring Pueblo and Hispano Experiences of the Los Alamos National Labs


6:00 pm – 6:20 pm  Mingle


6:20 pm – 6:40 pm  Welcome – Patricia Trujillo, Tomas Romero, and Willie Atencio


6:40 pm – 6:50 pm  Recognition of Dignitaries, Conference sponsors


6:50 pm – 7:10 pm  “The Town That Never Was”


7:10 pm – 7:30 pm  Recognition of the Story Protectors


7:30 pm : Coloniales Spanish Dance Group


Friday (10/13) at Northern New Mexico College, Fine Arts Auditorium

8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast, Center for Fine Arts, Small Theater


8:00 am – 12 pmRegistration, Center for Fine Arts, Lobby

8:30 am. Pre-Conference Showing of “The Town that Never Was”, Center for Fine Arts, Main Theater

9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome by Host Committee – Recognition of Sponsors


9:30 am – 10:10 amKeynote: Remembering and Recovering from the ''Radiance of a Thousand Suns'”

Estevan Rael-Galvez


10:20 am – 11:50 am – Plenary I: Life Before the Manhattan Project

Moderator: Erwin Rivera, ENLACE and the former board member  of the Pararito Homesteaders Association


Politica: Nuevomexicanos and American Political Incorporation, 1821-1910

Felipe Gonzalez, University of New Mexico


They Came With Cornmeal: Early 20th Century Northern New Mexico Travels

Matthew Martinez, Lt. Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Northern New Mexico College


Living with the Children of the Pajarito Plateau

Kathy Cordova, Author


12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch, CFA Small Theater


2:10 pm – 3:30 pm – Session One, Opening Encuentro, Center for Fine Arts, Main Theatre

Trabajando con Respeto y Permiso

Framing and Facilitating: Respeto Y Permiso

Thomas Romero, Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area


Framing and Facilitating: Respeto Y Permiso

Storysharing in a Local/National Context:

Cultural Sources and Story Use

Patricia Trujillo, Northern New Mexico College


Capturing Oral Histories of the Manhattan Project

Nathaniel Weisenburg, Atomic Heritage Foundation

Cynthia Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation


The Newest UNit of the National Park System: Creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park

Charles Strickfaden, National Parks Service

Heather McClanahan, Los Alamos History Museum


3:40 pm – 5:00 pm – Plenary II: Not Just the Labs: Contexts of Community Stories and Their Meanings, Center for Fine Arts Theater, NNMC


LANL Health Issues through Three Frames of Reference:  Industrial America, the Atomic Complex, and Indigenous Communities

Ken Silver, Eastern Tennessee State University


Los Alamos Revisited: A Workers’ History

Peter Malmgren, Author


Born in the New Clear Age

Kathy Sanchez, Tewa Women United, Coordinator of Environmental Health  and Justice & Tsaya’in Circle of Grandmothers, Tewa Women United


Re-Creating the Digital Archive: A Project to Return Nuclear Testimonios to Nuevomexicano Communities

Myrriah Gomez, University of New Mexico


5:10 pm – 6:40 pm, – Concurrent Session Two  - Locations Vary

Session A: Center for Fine Arts, Main Theatre

“Untold Stories/Marginalized from the Mainstream: Stories from Northern New Mexico,”

Monique Anair and students, Santa Fe Community College


Session B: Teacher Education Building, Comadre Room

Stories of Impact: Labor, Growth, and Art in the Nuclear Age

“Citizen and Taxpayer”: Labor Unrest and Urban Growth in Atomic Albuquerque

Gregory Montoya-Mora, The University of Chicago


"One Man’s Journey from Rowe to Mars – Santiago Bustamante”

Camilla Bustamante, Santa Fe Community College


"A Gate to the Rainbow Stream"

Alfredo Lujan, Middlebury College and retired teacher from Pojoaque Valley Schools


PLATICA – T'Saya Room

Thematic Story Sharing Sessions for Manhattan Workers and Families



Session C: Teacher Education Building, , T'saya Room

Voices of the Manhattan Project: Viewing of Interviews

Moderator: Willie Atencio

  • Esther Vigil's Interview
  • Matias A. Zamora's Interview


Saturday (10/14) at Northern New Mexico College, Fine Arts Auditorium

8:00 am – 8:30 amContinental Breakfast, Center for Fine Arts Lobby


8:30 am – 8:40 amWelcome, Center for Fine Arts Main Theatre

  • Poetry by Beata Tsosie-Peña, Environmental Health and Justice,
  • Tewa Women United


8:40 am - 10:10 am Plenary III: The Future's Stories: Community Health and Our Futures, Main Theater

Moderator: Patricia Trujillo, Northern New Mexico College


Replacing Reference Man

Corrine Sanchez, Tewa Women United


Trinity Site and Upwinders at Chupadera Mesa: Narratives and Mental Health

Dr. Ana X Gutierrez Sisneros, New Mexico State University and Northern New Mexico College 


Blessings in Disguise: Leveraging Community Investments

Liddie Martinez, LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium 


Lab in our Backyard - Balancing Local Community with National Security

Andrea Romero, Director, Regional Coalition of LANL Communities


10:20 am – 11:50 am Concurrent Session Three, Locations Vary

Session A: Teacher Education Building, Comadre Room

Trinity Downwinders: How the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium Responds to the Effects of the Manhattan Project in South Central New Mexico

  • Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
  • Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium
  • Myrriah Gómez, University of New Mexico


Session B: Film Screening, The Forgotten Bomb with discussion lead by filmmaker


Session C: Teacher Education Building, T'saya Room

“The S-Site Burning Ground Accident Revisited”

  • Cary Skidmore and Daniel Preston


Session D: Teacher Education Building, Vecino Room

"Voices of the Manhattan Project: Viewing of Interviews"

Moderator: Willie Atencio

  • Eulalia Quintana Newton's Interview
  • Nick Salazar's Interview


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch, CFA Small Theater


1:00 pm – 2:30 pm– Closing Encuentro, CFA Main Theatre

Putting Stories to Work in the Community


Closing Comments: Paseo por el Westside: Public History at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center 

Antonia Castañeda, Westside Preservation Alliance 


Community Libraries as Community Story Centers:  What’s Currently Happening?

Librarians from the Río Arriba lndependent Libraries (RAIL)


Seeding Story Centers: Conference Pilónes

Thomas Romero and Patricia Trujillo


2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Despedida – Gracias por venir!  Thank you for coming!


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