The Associate Provost for Faculty Development convened the Zimmerman Murals Planning Committee to facilitate a campus and community discussion on how to confront the matter of the Adam's "Three people's" murals in the west wing of Zimmerman Library. This committee was formed in response to serve decades of student, staff, and faculty protesting concerning the murals' representations of New Mexicans. The committee helped plan a course which was offered in the Spring 2018 semester, open to anybody to attend and participate. Several lectures were organized and videotaped for public viewing and can be found here.
"Because of my concerns over the past twelve years of my tenure at UNM, I have been inviting the students in my courses to examine the Three Peoples mural from a critical rhetorical and ethnographic perspective. I am including my Zimmerman Library Mural ENGL 320 Field Exercise for your review (attached below). Each semester I have my students conduct a rhetorical analysis of this mural and they come to the own critical realizations that the colonial legacy and white supremacist ideologies represented in this mural are demoralizing and demeaning to the diverse communities and first peoples of this state."
Mon, February 19, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm, 105 Hibben Center. Reception, panel presentation and discussion.
Please join us for a stimulating discussion of the Zimmerman Library Murals (by Kenneth Adams) with representatives from earlier eras of campus controversy and today’s student leaders. University and community leaders from the 1970s, 1990s, and now will discuss their experiences and continuing concerns around the murals. Their insights provide historical and contemporary perspectives for today’s efforts to address the murals.