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Dr. James F. Brooks at Ghost Ranch

James_brooksOn January 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., DR. JAMES F. BROOKS, past president of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, will give an illustrated talk focusing on the valley as host to waves ofnewcomers, voluntary and involuntary, who shaped its distinctive cultures: the Tewa migrants of the 13th century, the Navajo and Apache, the Spanish colonists and Franciscan padres, the importation of Genizaro slaves and Hopi transplants in the 18th century, the Utes and Euroamerican fur traders and settlers of the 19th century, and finally, the artists, lavender farmers, Benedictines, Buddhists, Presbyterians, and Sikhs of the 20th century.

James Brooks is a scholar of the indigenous and colonial past with fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the School for Advanced Research. He hasserved as president of the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe. His publications include Captives & Cousins: Slavery, Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands, focusing on the traffic in women and children across New Mexico as expressions of intercultural violence and accommodation.