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Class Explores Controversy Around Library Murals

  3/16 Over the last year numerous protests have erupted around Confederate memorials throughout the South. Here in New Mexico we have also grappled with a history of colonialism and racism. That has played out at the annual Entrada during Santa Fe’s Fiestas, and at the University of New Mexico, where there have also been protests and calls for change around the university’s official seal and murals created in 1939 in the Zimmerman Library. The Three Peoples murals have been criticized for decades for what people have called racist and inaccurate depictions. A new class created this semester offers students in-depth context for these murals and the controversy with the goal of students drafting recommendations to the administration about next steps.

Also on this episode, Marty Adamsmith talks with Kristina Jacobsen about her book "The Sound Of Navajo Country."


  • Professor Kymberly Pinder - Dean of the College of Fine Arts
  • Professor Alex Lubin - Chair of American Studies and Interim Provost for Faculty Development
  • Kevin Brown - program specialist, Indigenous Nations Library Program
  • Jacob Lorenzen - UNM senior
  • Kristina Jacobsen - Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Department of Music


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