Presscheck

Compiled by Adriana M. Chávez ’19

Women Resisting Sexual Violence and the Egyptian Revolution: Arab Feminist Testimonies

Manal Hamzeh

NMSU gender and sexuality studies professor Manal Hamzeh documents and uplifts the testimonios, shahadat in Arabic, of women protesters who faced intense backlash from Egypt’s state authorities. Between 2011 and 2018, Hamzeh made five trips to Cairo to document women’s resistance to counter-revolution forces firsthand. The 272-page book published by Zed Books in June 2020 covers eight years’ worth of women’s testimonios, first-person public accounts of politically significant experiences of state-sanctioned violence against women. The testimonios in Hamzeh’s book are representations of Egyptian women’s experiences of the military, police and militias violence after the 2011 revolution. 

Geopoetics in Practice

Edited by Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw and Craig Santos

Eric Magrane, assistant professor in the NMSU Department of Geography, co-edited “Geopoetics in Practice” as part of Routledge’s Research in Culture, Space and Identity Series. Gathering 24 essays of an international cohort whose work converges at the crossroads of poetics and the material world, “Geopoetics in Practice” offers insights into poetry, place, ecology and writing the world through a critical-creative geographic lens.

Death in the Time of Pancho Villa

Sandra Marshall ’00

 In “Death in the Time of Pancho Villa,” Sandra Marshall deftly blends fiction and fact, accurately depicting the history of the Mexican Revolution in the borderland. In the mystery, a 26-year-old woman from Ohio arrives in El Paso in 1911 looking for her missing husband just in time to be caught up in cross-border intrigues. Marshall is a recipient of the 2018 William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant. Marshall is the chairperson of the Las Cruces Historic Preservation Commission and has also co-authored the book, “Historic Architectural Styles, Las  Cruces, NM: Celebrating 150 Years.”

Journey of the Spirit Man

George Mendoza ’78

In George Mendoza’s debut novel and first in the “The Spirit Man” series, Michael Seymour lives a charmed life. He’s wealthy and good looking, and takes for granted his status as a popular star athlete, top student and beloved son. Then it all comes crashing down. A champion runner, Michael is in college, preparing for a big race, when he finds himself distracted, unable to focus, and passes out mid race. Not only does Michael lose the race, but he discovers the reason for his fall— a rare and incurable disease. Devastated by the news, he seeks to forget everything for at least a night, and drags his best friend Mark out with him to drown his sorrows. The evening ends in tragedy when Mark is killed, but for Michael, this is just the beginning of a long and fantastic journey of self-discovery and redemption. Mendoza’s book will be released in May 2021.

America’s Bountiful Waters: 150 Years of Fisheries Conservation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Edited by Craig Springer ’91

Fish and Aquatic Conservation in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is the direct descendant of the U.S. Fish Commission, founded in 1871. In 2021, FAC marks its 150th anniversary, the oldest conservation agency in history. To commemorate this milestone, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will publish a compelling history to celebrate the broad-thinking scientists, writers and artists who led us through the gilded age of American ichthyology into the present day. The book will be published in May 2021.