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Serving Hispanic Students And Art As Activism

University of New Mexico
Eliseo "Cheo" Torres

11/17 Professor Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president of Student Affairs at the University of New Mexico, was inducted into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Hall Of Champions. He has made Hispanic and first generation students a special focus during his 21 years at UNM. He has also created a hugely popular course on traditional folk medicine, curanderismo, and recently authored a textbook on the topic as well and a memoir of his own journey into curanderismo.

Credit Subhankar Banerjee
Caribou Migration 1

Also on the show, Spencer Beckwith speaks with Subankhar Banerjee. He is an internationally known writer, environmental activist and scholar.  He  says his photography is a portal to activism and knowledge.  Several of his large-scale photographs of Arctic Alaska are now on display in Long Environmentalism in the Near North, Subhankar Banerjee: Activism – Photographs – Writing at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque.

Banerjee heads the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM, where he also teaches art and ecology. 

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.