Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ortiz Center Designed To Bring Native Voices Into Academia.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Scott Sandlin Journal Staff Writer

Ideas come spilling out of Beverly Singer, director of the fledgling Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at the University of New Mexico.

The center, which has its grand opening today at the Maxwell Museum on campus, was officially born in January with a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Singer has been on board since June, envisioning prospective programs, writing grants and thinking about fund raising.

The center, named for the late anthropologist, scholar and Indian rights activist Alfonso Ortiz of San Juan Pueblo, aims to use new technologies to give access to indigenous and other cultural voices within the academic study of anthropology. …

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