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WILL, the Mimbres Region Arts Council and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department continue with their successful Artist Lecture Series.

Get to know some of America's finest artists - learn about an artist's motivations, techniques and history while being genuinely entertained. The series offers a range of accomplished individuals. Light refreshments will be served.

FREE and Open to the Public

Pop Up New Media Festival
with Artist, Cannon Hersey
February 18 and 19
Parotti Hall, WNMU
Co-host: WNMU New Media iDEAlab
February 18, 6:30 pm - Shadowpeople, the keynote lecture by Cannon Hersey takes place in Parotti Hall, behind the Fine Arts Theater on the WNMU Campus.

Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world. To learn more about Cannon and to see more of his work, visit [ ]

February 19, 4:00 pm - Wearable Technology Demo/Workshop, Everything Wearable
The Pop Up New Media Festival continues Friday, with in the New Media iDEAlab, Parotti 150.

February 19, 8:00 pm - a performance in the Parotti Recital Hall featuring videos, interactive, computer controlled music, wearable technology, drone videos and improvisations by Barry Moon, Jessica Rajko, Doug Nottingham, Dawn Chambers, Kate Brown, Zoe Wolf, Vance Galloway, Peter Bill, WNMU students and others!

Overcoming Overwhelming Obstacles
with Rose Mapendo: Humanitarian, Activist & Congolese Genocide Survivor

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm
Light Hall on the WNMU CampusRose Mapendo
When ethnic violence engulfed the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo was imprisoned with her family. Her harrowing experience included the nighttime arrest of her entire family by government agents, the execution of her husband, the birth of their twin sons in prison, and grim negotiations with prison guards to save the lives of her children. She emerged from this experience advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus, and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation's search for peace.

Today, Mapendo is a global activist for peace and reconciliation and an in-demand motivational speaker. Her work has had a significant impact and encourages world and local leaders to revisit the manner in which they enforce justice. Mapendo has been honored by the White House and in 2009 was named Humanitarian of the Year by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

She founded the Rose Mapendo Foundation in 2012 - a nonprofit committed to empowering widows, women, and children around the world with peace center in Kigali assisting widows and women in the region with hope for change. Rose Mapendo's story has been chronicled in the documentary film Pushing the Elephant, which premiered in New York City in June 2010. Her inspiring and heartfelt message is received by corporate, government, and community groups around the world with tears and standing ovations at every turn. And most of all, Mapendo is a victim no more. She is a true hero, an incredible survivor, and an inspiration to us all.