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Pasa Por Aquí is the NM Humanities Council’s online space for engaging in conversations on a wide range of topics. It is a platform for you to draw on humanities-related subjects of interest and other cool things that pique your curiosity — whether it’s the food we celebrate, the world of Lucha Libre, or contemporary issues at the local and national level. We all have something to say, something to share, and you’re invited to join us, whether as a reader or contributor. It’s your online source for reading and reflection, and it’s our hope that sharing your perspectives will spark robust conversations and mutual understanding.

Pasa Por Aquí features posts from a variety of contributors, including NMHC’s Executive Director, our board of directors, staff members, grantees, and guest bloggers (that’s you!). We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and invite submissions on a variety of humanities-related themes, but we are particularly looking for contributors on the following the themes:

PANDEMIC STORIES: Submissions related to this topic must draw upon humanistic perspectives in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of literature, ethics, history, philosophy, art, or other forms of human expression. How did the pandemic challenge our principles, values, and our shared humanity? How were those living in institutions — the elderly or those in detention — affected? What is life like after the pandemic? What are the lessons learned? Are we back to normal? Moreover, what is the new normal? What has united us and made us stronger coming out of COVID?

EXAMINING AND DECONSTRUCTING NEW MEXICO’S TRI-CULTURAL MYTH: Submissions related to this topic may deal with understanding of past and contemporary issues of race relations; patterns of migration; diverse voices that have emerged in New Mexico, and challenges to the widespread public belief that New Mexico’s history and cultural heritage consists of only three ethnic groups: Native, Hispano and Anglo.

THE SEMIQUINCENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: NMHC invites submissions related to this special initiative that explore New Mexico’s history during this pivotal period of our nation’s founding. Contributors should provide insight into the historical, social, cultural and political conditions of indigenous and Spanish New Mexico in or around 1776.

Guest contributors who submit an article may be eligible to receive an honorarium of $200.



If you would like to consult about topic selection, send your questions or suggestions to K. Michelle Quisenberry. Visit our staff directory for contact information. Please note, we accept submissions on a rolling basis and will post at our discretion. NMHC reserves the right to accept or deny submissions.

  • You will edit your own work, but please note that NMHC reserves the right to further edit your submission. You will be notified when the post goes live.
  • Keeping in mind our digital audience, articles should be appealing to be read on screen and include links, images, and/or embedded media.
  • Understand that NMHC reserves the right to curate which images may be included on our website. If an image is problematic for copyright or other reasons, we will work with you to find an appropriate substitute.
  • The word count is flexible, but aim for 500 to 800 words.
  • Provide a title for your submission.
  • Keep your contributions as interesting and lively as possible.
  • Include a brief (two- to four-sentence) bio at the end of your submission.
  • A headshot is optional.
  • Make sure you have adequate permissions for any media you include with your submission.


  • PLAGIARISM: The use of other people’s work is unacceptable and harmful to the reputation of the blog. Responsibility for appropriate attribution and original work rests with the author.
  • ADVOCACY: Please do not engage in advocacy, such as calls to support a specific action, buy a specific product, or support a specific candidate (e.g. you can say “vote,” but not who to vote for).
  • CONTENT: Please keep your contributions constructive, avoiding hate speech, slander, and offensive language.



Pasa por Aquí, a space where community members and esteemed scholars offer insightful and diverse reflections on humanities subjects, enriching our understanding of the human experience and the world around us.


Peruse the range of articles below that deconstruct New Mexico’s tri-cultural myth. Each blog post offers a unique insight and perspective on New Mexico’s rich and complex cultural heritage, challenging traditional narratives and uncovering lesser-known stories and contributions that have shaped New Mexico.