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Panel Discussion on Name of Kit Carson Elementary School

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:
Online via YouTube

Join the live Panel Discussion on the APS YouTube Channel on Wednesday, August 26 from 5 to 6 PM.

Albuquerque Public Schools was asked to consider the name of Kit Carson Elementary School. In considering this request, APS invited academic scholars to provide a panel discussion on topics related to:

  • The historical figure of Kit Carson.
  • The role of historical memory in our current lives.
  • The power by which school names reflect places of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Zoom panel discussion can be viewed live on the APS YouTube Channel. Webinar participant space is held for members of the Kit Carson community who may be interested in submitting written questions during the panel discussion.

The Zoom panel discussion is intended to provide information and conversation for the members of the Kit Carson community, beyond their personal school experiences. The public is encouraged to watch the live stream of this discussion.

Upon conclusion of the discussion, the Kit Carson Elementary School Instructional Council will be asked to vote to bring a petition to the community to change the school name. According to APS procedure, if the Instructional Council agrees to begin the petition process, it will need signatures from 60 percent of school staff and 60 percent of the parent organization or 100 members of the school community. The school may take a completed petition to the Superintendent and Board of Education for approval.

Panelists

  • Paul Andrew Hutton, a distinguished Professor in the UNM history department. Hutton has taught courses on U.S. history, the American West, and U.S military history. He has written, appeared in, or narrated over 200 television documentaries and was a historical consultant for films. Hutton also served as the executive director of the Western History Association and Western Writers of America.
  • Margaret Montoya, a graduate of Highland High School, San Diego State University, and Harvard Law School. She has been a member of UNM law school faculty since 1992 and taught courses in constitutional rights, torts, contracts, clinical law, and employment law. In her seminars, Montoya examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and language.
  • Kent Blansett, a member of the Indigenous Studies department at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of New Mexico in 2011. He has written about Richard Oakes and the Red Power Movement. Blansett is now working on three book projects on Indigenous urbanism, a history of the Native American Rights Fund, and Red Power and popular culture.

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