The Summer Lecture Series continues. Lois Rudnick will return to give a talk on, La Fabulosa Fabiola (Cabeza de Baca): First ‘Lady’ of New Mexican Cuisine, on Wednesday, July 10th.
The series' theme Hispanidad! dovetails with our newly updated Treasures of the Southwest exhibit featuring items from our Hispanic collections.
The lectures take place in the Center's Lyceum Room #120 at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Fabiola Cabeza de Baca was descended from one of the oldest land grant families in Northeastern New Mexico. Growing up on the “llano,” the vast plains east of Las Vegas New Mexico on her family’s ranch, she demonstrated an impassioned curiosity and intelligence that led her on a path to an extraordinary life devoted to teaching, writing, preserving and celebrating the lifeways of Hispano/a peoples of her land. She published two of the earliest cookbooks about New Mexico cuisine, touting the health of the land-based diet, and is credited with introducing the New Mexico chile into American cooking. She was one of the founders of the Spanish Folklorica Society of Santa Fe, served for many years as a food economist and trainer for the Agriculture Department, during which she travelled hundreds of miles throughout the state visiting small villages and pueblos, and had a weekly bi-lingual program on food and health, on Santa Fe radio.
Lois Rudnick is Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught for 36 years and chaired the American Studies Department for 26 years. During her time at UMB, she earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the National American Studies Association award for outstanding teaching, mentoring, and program development. Rudnick has lectured and published nationally and internationally on Modern American and Southwest American culture and history. Her most recent project was co-curating the travelling exhibition, and co-editing the book, “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.”