San Juan College Chautauqua Series


The San Juan College Chautauqua Series brings history to life through guest speakers and actors who tell the stories of people who lived through the defining days of our region and our country.

All Chautauqua performances are free and open to the public. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre.

Funded by the San Juan College Foundation and sponsored by the San Juan College Encore program and KSJE Radio.

John Muir Live

Lee Stetson
April 1 and 2, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

John Muir was born in 1838. He was known as “John of the Mountains" and “Father of the National Parks". He was an influential Scottish American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His activism has helped preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and many other wilderness areas. He co-founded the Sierra Club. Lee Stetson's portrayal of John Muir has been presented in Yosemite National Park since 1983, to hundreds of thousands of visitors. Additionally, his Muir presentations have toured worldwide to universities parks, museums, wilderness and environmental organizations from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, from Japan to Scotland.

Lee Stetson offers six live performances based on Muir's life, philosophy and amazing wilderness adventures.

Morena Moderna: Contemporary Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Diana Molina
April 19, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

As a modern symbol of empowerment. La Virgen de Guadalupe inspires an impassioned and universal fervor. In a multi-faceted photographic portrayal, a panorama of vibrant imagery embodies the spirit of the popular symbol of heritage in a contemporary cultural context. This journey spans trans-national borders, visits traditional celebrations and depicts the icon's integration within the media, commercialism and politics of the day.

Diana Molina is a professional photographer and writer who lives in Southern New Mexico's Mesilla Valley.

Cultural Life of the Zuni Nation

Kenneth Seowtewa
May 24, 7 p.m.
Little Theatre

Explore the world of the A:Shiwi (Zuni), the most studied group of Native Americans through the eyes of a man whose paternal and maternal ancestors held positions of authority through the centuries. Hear the true story of the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola that Coronado was searching for in 1540.

Kenneth Seowtewa is a cultural practitioner, artist-in-residence, author and visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin.