On Sunday, August 19th at 2:00 pm, AHS member Dr. Dianne Layden will talk about the author Rudolfo Anaya, the namesake of the North Valley library and his impact on Albuquerque.
In March 2018, the North Valley Library on North 4th Street was renamed the Rudolfo Anaya North Valley Library. Anaya, a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico, is an acclaimed author of novels, short stories, plays, children’s books, and poetry, whose awards include Notable New Mexican, National Medal of Arts, and National Humanities Medal. His classic novel, Bless Me, Ultima, has been presented as a play, film, and opera, and is the subject of a landscape park in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, the novel’s setting, with sculpture by Reynaldo Rivera.
The program will be held in the Ventana Salon (just North of the main entrance) at the Albuquerque Museum at 2000 Mountain Rd. NW in Old Town. Parking is free in the lot south of the Museum. Admission to the Museum and the AHS program is also free.
Dianne Layden holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from UNM. She came to New Mexico in 1969, left the state twice for faculty posts at the University of Houston and University of Redlands in California, and returned in 2001 as an administrator at Santa Fe Community College. She taught at Central New Mexico Community College in 2003-2014. Dr. Layden has studied violence in various forms since the lat e 1980s. In 2008, she began her research on New Mexico history and culture.