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Caroline Fraser: Researching The Life Of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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May 25, 2018 – For millions of Americans, the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder were a staple of their childhood. Written in the 1930s and 1940s, they chronicled her family's pioneer life in the Midwest and Great Plains in the latter part of the 19th century. They depicted much of the hardships the family faced in great detail, but they also left much out, including the death of a younger brother, and the misfortunes that plagued Wilder's later married life.

In a new, comprehensive historical biography of Wilder, Santa Fe author Caroline Fraser brings out new details to Wilder's life in the biography “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams Of Laura Ingalls Wilder.” It won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for biography. The book explores how Wilder's books fed the stories and myths of American self-reliance and how they fit into Manifest Destiny. It also places her in the historical context in which she grew up, from the settlement of the plains to the Indian Wars and the financial calamities of the 1890s, as well as the farming practices that eventually contributed to the Dust Bowl.

Fraser holds a Ph.D in English and American Literature from Harvard University. She was previously on the staff of The New Yorker. Her other books include “Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution,” and “God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church.”

For Further Reading:
Caroline Fraser website
Little House On the Prairie and the Truth About the American WestNew York Times
Prairie Fires author Caroline Fraser offers a substantial biography of Laura Ingalls WilderChristian Science Monitor

President Garnett S. Stokes Takes The Reins At UNM

UNM President Stokes

May 18, 2018 – UNM President Garnett S. Stokes faced many challenges when she arrived in New Mexico. The state Attorney General’s office is investigating alleged financial mismanagement in the Athletics Department and higher education funding from the state has been slashed in recent years. Correspondent Megan Kamerick sat down this week with President Stokes to talk about her priorities for the university and how she will address big questions about the culture and future of UNM.

Additional Reading:

UNM graduation rates – UNM website

National Hispanic-Serving Institutions recognized Sept. 12-18 – UNM website

UNM leadership celebrates record graduation rate – Albuquerque Journal

Stokes installed as UNM president as Class of ’18 graduates – Albuquerque Journal

UNM Finalist Stokes Has Weathered Storms in Previous Roles – Albuquerque Journal 

AG accuses UNM of failing to live up to transparency promise – Santa Fe New Mexican