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Posted on: September 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] October Activities from the Branigan Cultural Center

Elvira Masson

“Culture of Empowerment: Know Your Rights: Disabled Peoples with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)”

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6

In this presentation, learn what rights people in the Disability community have and how to use them.

Culture of Empowerment is a series designed around the idea that people are powerful when learning together. Each quarter’s topics will revolve around a single theme, with chances to dig deeper, learn how to activate community impact, and connect with each other. The theme for October to December is Disabled peoples.

History Notes: "When Confucius Visited the Valley" with Elvira Masson

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021

Discover history and culture through a monthly informal discussion series at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. From October through November, the theme is “Asian History of the Southwest.” Did you know that for over a decade more than 3,000 K-16 students, from Albuquerque to El Paso were studying Chinese language? This brief account of the Confucius Institute, a bi-national center for teaching Chinese language and culture that NMSU co-hosted from 2007 to 2020, will look at the mission and the accomplishments of the Institute. We’ll also try to answer the question, “Why Confucius?” This will be an in-person event in the Branigan Cultural Center classroom.

“What’s the Word: Arabic - A Trip to Somalia”

5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14

Want to learn about the culture, food, and music from Arabic speaking countries? Interested in learning and practicing Arabic language? What's the Word: Arabic is the program for you! Each session is inspired by a different Arabic-speaking country and you will learn about a new nation as well as practice some Arabic vocabulary. October is inspired by Somalia! This will be an in-person event at the Branigan Cultural Center classroom. You can register to attend by emailing

The Branigan Cultural Center is at 501 N. Main St. and is accessible via RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1, Stop 36. For up-to-date information on museum reopening, virtual programming, and more, visit the Museums System website at: MUSEUMS | Las Cruces, NM ( or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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