A group of New Mexico State University professors is hosting a series of “teach-ins” to help educate the campus and larger Las Cruces community about topics related to current events. The teach-ins combine a faculty roundtable discussion in a classroom atmosphere with both discussion and questions from the audience.
“We’re trying to support and inform NMSU students and the community in this rapidly shifting political climate,” said Andrea Orzoff, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences. “The teach-ins are one way we as faculty can do that.”
The first “teach-in” will focus on “Immigration: History, Policy, Practice” and is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 210. NMSU history professor Jamie Bronstein, assistant professor of government Sabine Hirschauer and associate professor of languages and linguistics Spencer Herrera will join Vicki Gaubeca, director of the New Mexico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, to discuss different aspects of immigration history and policy as well as how recent changes have affected the border region and its residents.
The second event, titled “Is Everything Fake News? The Internet, Critical Thinking and Staying Informed,” will be from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 125. Former Las Cruces Sun-News columnist and longtime Journalist Damien Willis will join Orzoff and associate professor of psychology Mark Walker to discuss how to bring critical thought to bear on today’s media and the Internet.
The third presentation is called “Free Speech, Hate Speech, Protest” and will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 in NMSU’s Hardman Jacobs Hall, Room 125. NMSU Chief of Police Stephen Lopez, local lawyer Peter Goodman, NMSU and Dona Ana Community College faculty who helped craft NMSU’s free-speech policy, and government professor emerita Nancy Baker will discuss the First Amendment, NMSU’s free-speech policy, hate speech, and protest.
The “teach-ins” are free and open to the public. For visitor parking information visit
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