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NMSU's second Critical Conversations speaker to address diversity on campus

"Beyond Diversity: New Models of Knowledge for a New Time" is the title of the second in the Critical Conversations speaker series at New Mexico State University.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, professor of narrative literature at Rutgers University, will discuss his critical approach to knowledge production and the need to decolonize the university in a new era during his talk on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in NMSU's Creative Media Institute Theatre in Milton Hall.

"Dr. Maldonado-Torres will engage the audience with ideas about diversity and implore us to look beyond rhetorical 'diversity' in favor of thinking critically about how to create meaningful and sustainable structural change." said Dulcinea Lara, criminal justice assistant professor and one of the organizers of the event.

"His talk is important in this time of loosely-defined 'diversity politics' that actually divide groups rather than seeking common ground and alliances."

Maldonado-Torres, the author of "Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity," is currently working on another book titled "Fanonian Meditations," which aims to spell out the epistemological basis of ethnic studies and related areas as well as examine the relevance of decolonization at the epistemological, ethical and political levels.

"Attendees can expect an innovative talk about how the university is, itself, a place of ongoing colonization for people of color," Lara said.

A book signing and reception will follow the lecture in Milton Hall's La Academia Room 185J. The next scheduled speaker will be on campus Nov. 3.

The event is free and open to the public. A parking permit for off-campus visitors may be obtained at https://corridor.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/epermit.aspx.

The Critical Conversations Series is sponsored through an IDEA grant from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President Wendy Wilkins, to promote support for diversity at NMSU.