The San Juan College Chautauqua Series brings history to life through guest speakers and actors who tell the stories of people who lived through the defining days of our region and our country.

All Chautauqua performances are free and open to the public. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre.

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Funded by the San Juan College Foundation and sponsored by the San Juan College Encore program and KSJE Radio.

Place Names of New Mexico

Bob Julyan
March 16, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

Sangre de Cristo, Custer Mountain, Chi-chil-tah, Mogollon – such intriguing names rich with anecdotes and folklore. But place names also offer unique insights into the history and values of the state’s peoples. With humor and examples tailored to the locale, Bob Julyan gives audiences a lively names tour of the New Mexico landscape.

Bob Julyan is an Albuquerque-based writer and lecturer specializing in the connections between human and natural history. His Place Names of New Mexico is the standard reference.

Raramuri: The Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre

Diana Molina
April 20, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

Raramuri, Uto-Aztecan for Tarahumara, are among the world’s best runners.  Diana Molina will discuss the impact of modern society on their lifestyle and highlight the amazing expanse of the canyon environment with stunning photographs taken while living among the tribe for extended periods of time.

Diana Molina is a professional photographer and writer who lives in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley.  She has exhibited her photography and works of art in exhibits in universities and museums throughout the Southwest.

Madame Lizzie McGrath: A Woman on her Own

Carole Sullivan
May 18, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

Through a first person examination of the life of Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” McGrath, a madame in Albuquerque from 1882 to 1920, many women’s issues are examined in a historical light. Lizzie McGrath was a colorful character whose life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is well documented. Carole Sullivan helps bring her story to life.

Carole Calano Sullivan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theater and was a producer at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington for 20 years.