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STATE OF THE ARTS: Tom Lea Month - Part 1

Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute, Lisa M. Pugh; Education and Curatorial Associate of the El Paso Museum of Art, Kevin Burns; and Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney preview activities taking place in the second half of Tom Lea Month.

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Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute, Lisa M. Pugh; Education and Curatorial Associate of the El Paso Museum of Art, Kevin Burns; and Director of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Jeff Romney preview activities taking place in the second half of Tom Lea Month. 

Part 2 of our interview on State of the Arts discussing Tom Lea Month activities.

You wouldn't think much is going on in rural New Mexico about vegan nutrition, but you'll be surprised to hear about what one dedicated couple has accomplished. Victor and Karla Flores work for Vegan Outreach, a New Mexico based non-profit organization working to end violence towards animals and seek a future where sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities. This week, they share with us their experiences and efforts towards their cruelty-free lifestyle.

Dr. Nadia Herrera is a UTEP alum and it was here on campus where she first began her study in structural biochemistry. Working and studying alongside her mentor Dr. Ricardo Bernal, Dr. Herrera went on and got her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology and for this edition of Science Studio, we hear about this young lady's progress as an undergraduate researcher, to Ph.D. and up the threshold of her career.

Host Tim Hernandez features a conversation with award-winning author, editor, and co-host Daniel Chacón! They discuss a new collection book of poetry by Andres Montoya, now published posthumously decades after Montoya's passing at the young age of thirty. 

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