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"Poetry, Violence, and Memory: Corrido Ballads of New Mexico and Colorado"


Sperry S. and Ella Graber Packard Hall of Music and Art
5 W. Cache La Poudre St. (map)



The annual Norman Guest Lecture, presented by The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, will be cultural historian and musicologist Enrique Lamadrid, distinguished professor of Spanish from the University of New Mexico. Professor Lamadrid will discuss the narrative ballad tradition of New Mexico and southern Colorado. This millennial tradition is as old as the Spanish language itself, yet continues to express the historical imagination of the people. Corrido stories range in focus from historical topics of wars, terrorism, social struggle, and natural disasters, to themes of love, betrayal, and even women’s rights. These ballads have survived centuries and will continue to be passed down to successive generations.

Professor Lamadrid will be accompanied by a travelling exhibition showcased in the Packard Hall lobby for public viewing starting Tuesday, January 29. It re-creates the historical development of the corrido in greater New Mexico over the past 400 years through vintage and modern recordings, broadsides, photographs, posters, musical instruments, and other treasured memorabilia. This lecture is open to the public. No RSVP required.

  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies
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