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UNM History Dept Commencement

But, in the current set of circumstances in which this world finds itself, I’d like to suggest to you today that the cultures of New Mexico, their endurance, and the historical consciousness they can provide are of real import indeed. … And yet, for decades now, the financial and political leadership of our country increasingly have dedicated their actions to an ahistorical audaciousness that minimized its inherent riskiness in obfuscation— in fulfillment of the hubris of a freemarket fundamentalism obsessed with what they saw as the beauty of the violent erasure of the structures of sociability in the name of profit and freedom. … So, what I want to say to you today is that we, as a country, as a human community, need above all else people like you with the capacity for critical historical thought not only to help find solutions to our current crises, but to the see the next ones coming— not in form of Isaac Assimov’s psychohistorians, but as citizens of the world continually engaged in the judicious study of reality. … As you leave here today, and immerse yourselves in the next of a number of moments of self- reinvention, promise me that you will hold on to the capacity for critical historical thought, that you will evangelize that consciousness, and that you will bring it to bear on your own corners of the world.

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Chad Black

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