Lobo Living Room

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The Lobo Living Room is a venue that features notable UNM alumni discussing, demonstrating, or performing in their areas of expertise, or UNM alumni-related events.

Lobo Living Room discussions, demonstrations, or performances may feature topics that are currently making headlines or are historically significant. Lobo Living Room can be held at Hodgin Hall, other UNM venues such as The Pit or Popejoy Hall, and locations hosting UNM alumni events such as chapter events and alumni homes.

RSVP Today!Collaboration Sparks Innovation: Arts-In-Medicine

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
UNM Hospital: The Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM

Registration for this event opens October 5, 2015

Presented by: Dr. Patrice Repar

 Dr. Patricia Ann Repar will present an Arts-In-Medicine program based on the blending of her studies and work in Music and Integrative Medicine. Scientific studies and explorations into health and healing through the arts suggest that art can help heal humans and change a person’s body physiology and mental attitude.

Professor Repar will speak to how art and music can have an immediate affect on the autonomic nervous system, hormonal balance and neurotransmitters. Dr. Repar shows how music, dance, the written word, visual art, and body workers can transform and rejuvenate. She believes that Arts-in-Medicine has the potential to heal, change perceptions, attitudes, and emotional and pain perceptions. This event will be beneficial for those in pain and those who are care givers.


6:00 p.m. Live music and reception in the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion
6:45 p.m. Presentation begins

Additional Details:

This presentation is free and family-friendly. RSVP will open October, 2015. Parking for this event will be provided and is free in a specially designated lot close to UNM hospital. Shuttle service for this special event will be provided for easy transport, both to the hospital for the Lobo Living Room event, and back to the parking lot after the event.

For additional information contact the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or at alumni@unm.edu.

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The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hodgin Hall Alumni Center, UNM Main Campus, Albuquerque, NM

Registration for this event opens mid-January, 2016.

Presented by: Paul Bogard

 About the presentation:

A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his book, The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. Using a blend of personal narrative, natural history, science, and astronomy, Bogard shares the importance of darkness—what we've lost, what we still have, and what we might regain—and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.


Paul Bogard is author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown, 2013) and editor of Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark (U of Nevada Press, 2008). A native Minnesotan, Paul has lived and taught in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin, and Winston-Salem. A graduate of Carleton College, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada-Reno (PhD in Literature and Environment), Paul is now an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he teaches creative writing and environmental literature. Find him at paul-bogard.com.

Additional Details:

This presentation is free and family-friendly. RSVP will open mid-January, 2016.

For additional information contact the Alumni Relations Office at (505) 277-5808 or at alumni@unm.edu.

2015 Lobo Living Room Events:

August 2015, Baseball, the National Pastime: Flickr/Youtube
Take me out to the Ballgame! Lobo Living Room presents Baseball, the National Pastime with Honor’s College Professor Ryan Swanson and UNM Baseball Coach Ray Birmingham! Family friendly event to include hands on fun, games, hotdogs and popcorn, fascinating history, and an inside look at UNM's Baseball program, and MORE!

July 2015, Explore the History of ¡Mariachi!: Flickr
Take a walk back into history and experience Mariachi like you never have before! Hear from Jonathan Clark, Mariachi Historian and watch celebrated mariachi maestros transfer knowledge to future generations as students gain musical experience and direction unheard of in few other musical environments. RSVP required by July 8, 2015.

April 2015, Heart of Collecting: Flickr
Judith Kennedy Lavender's presentation gives a glimpse of her Kennedy family and how they came to New Mexico in the early 1900's.  Her collection consists of artists alive in her lifetime and who traded with her father.  She shares stories and focuses on many  Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Rio Grande Pueblo artists and the beautiful pieces they created. 

March 2015, UNM Cancer Center: Flickr/Youtube
Dr. Cheryl Willman, Director and CEO, UNM Cancer and Research Treatment Center, discussed the latest research and accolades of the UNM Cancer Center. Dr. Willman has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work with cancer research.

January 2015, The Secrets of Longevity: Flickr/Youtube
Dr. Len Kravitz discusses the "secret" characteristics, behaviors, and lifestyles of people who live long and high-quality lives. All relevant material presented is based on scientific research. Everyone attending will leave with an action plan to live life to its fullest.

2014 Lobo Living Room Online:

Cooperation: A Story of Ants, Robots and Your Own Cells: Flickr
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash: Flickr
Geronimo, In History and Legend: Flickr
A Night at the Opera: Flickr
KNME Confidential: Flickr
Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program: Flickr
America Seen from Afar: Flickr /Youtube
History of Underwear: Flickr /Albuquerque Journal

2013 Lobo Living Room Online:

Sacred Places in New Mexico: Flickr
A Chile Chat: Flickr
Visualize 3D Printing: Flickr
Curanderismo and Ancestral Healing: Flickr
Flamenco Fever: Flickr
Behind the Ball: Lobo Football Spring Training: Flickr
CSI/OMI: An Investigative Look: Flickr
Of Zombies and Brains: Flickr / Webcast

Note: Lobo Living Room will take a break for the holidays in December, 2015 and resume in February 0f 2016.

Schedule and topics subject to change. The University of New Mexico Alumni Association sponsors the Lobo Living Room to provide opportunities for alumni and other friends of UNM to stay connected with the University through interactions with notable alumni and faculty who speak, demonstrate or perform in their areas of expertise. The sponsorship of these events, however, should not be construed as an endorsement by UNM or the Alumni Association of the views of Lobo Living Room presenters, or the institutions with which they are associated.

Last Updated: November 9, 2015