Interdisciplinary Special Symposium

Borders and Borderlands:
Culture, Society, and Economics
during Changing Times

Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program
Morgan Library, Event Hall
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day programming is free and open to the public.

Welcome and Overview of the Symposium – Anita Alves Pena (CSU, Economics)

Barriers and Borders Panel I: Historical Perspectives on Local, National and International Borders and their Influences
Adam Thomas (CSU, History) – Colorado’s Tortilla Curtain: Inventing an Internal Borderland
Jennifer Cullison (CU Boulder, History) – Contradictory Enforcement Ideals: The Developing Immigrant Detention Industrial Complex and the Demise of U.S. INS Visions of Humane Policy, 1954-1988
Mohammed Hirchi (CSU, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) – The Cultural Legacies of Moorish Spain in the Global Context

10:15am-10:30am Student Poster Presentations and Break

Community Workshop: Facilitating Discussion of Emotionally Charged Issues: Physical and Cultural Borders and Divisions
Group Facilitator: Carmen Mendoza (CONNECTIONS, Heart Centered Coaching,Fort Collins)

11:45am-12pm Student Poster Presentations and Break

Featured Speaker and Brown Bag Lunch
Introduction by Mary Van Buren (CSU, Anthropology)
Dr. Cristina Jo Perez (Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies, University of California, Davis)
Violent Intimacies at the Mexico-U.S. Border Industrial Complex

1:15pm-1:30pm Student Poster Presentations and Break

Barriers and Borders Panel II: Current Perspectives on National and International Borders and Divisions
Sophie Esch (CSU, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) – Trafficking Death and Government Staging: Firearms as Commodities and Props in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands
Francisco Leal (CSU, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) – Borderless Thinking: Drugs and Poetry in Latin America
Fernando Valerio-Holguín (CSU, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) – Primitive Borders: Cultural Identity and Ethnic Cleansing in the Dominican Republic

2:45pm-3pm Break, Student Poster Presentations and Break

Keynote Speaker
Introduction by Steve Mumme (CSU, Political Science)
Dr. Joan B. Anderson (Professor Emerita, University of San Diego)
U.S.-Mexico Border Issues and Policies: An Economic Prospective

4:15pm-4:30pm Break, Walk to Lory Student Center Theatre

Special Film Screening (ticketed event)

Walls/Muros, Part of the Second Annual ACT Human Rights Film Festival, Lory Student Center Theatre
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More info on the film festival and tickets ($10 General Admission/$5 Students):

Panel on Global Borders, Walls, and Other Themes of the Film
Alvaro Enciso, artist and cultural anthropologist who investigates migrant deaths
Hanan Isweiri, CSU PhD student stranded by President Trump’s first travel ban

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This symposium is possible with the generous support of:
The College of Liberal Arts | Colorado State University Libraries | Anthropology | Economics | El Centro | Ethnic Studies | History | International Studies | Journalism & Media Communication | Languages, Literatures and Cultures | Office of International Programs | Political Science | Sociology | Women’s Studies