On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) People and Places Fall 2021 Lecture presents “Translating History through Poetry: The Mexican Inquisition & Crypto Jewish Memory” by Rachel Kaufman. This free lecture will be on Zoom at 5:30-6:30 p.m. (MST) and in person in the Frank Waters Room, inside the University of New Mexico’s Zimmerman Library (https://library.unm.edu/about/libraries/zim.php). To join by Zoom email tjaehn@unm.edu to be added to the attendee list. Zoom information will be sent 2 days before the lecture date.

Rachel Kaufman is a Ph.D. student in History at UCLA, where she works on Latin American and Jewish history. Her current research focuses on crypto-Jewish memory practices in New Mexico and Mexico from the late 15th century to the 20th century. In 2020, she published an article on “Translating History” in Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice. In 2021, she published her first poetry book, Many to Remember (Dos Madres Press), which unravels the histories of New Mexican crypto-Jews and the Mexican Inquisition alongside the poet’s own family histories.