On July 10, FX premiered its new crime drama, The Bridge, which takes place in the Juarez/El Paso region. Three of our bloggers offer their thoughts on the inaugural episode. What were your thoughts on the premier?
Juárez is a city that many Americans seem to have a real problem with. In some respects this problem is well earned. Some Americans are probably unaware that the drug cartels were already a major problem even before the uptick in violence that occurred after Felipe Calderón’s election in 2006. Others have undoubtedly missed the brutal rash of femicides committed against young factory workers since the 1990s. Finally, the Juárez with which many concerned American liberals are familiar is that of a big city and its maquiladoras, which at this point need no introduction. Continue reading →
Borderlands History blog is pleased to host this editorial on the immigration legislation currently being debated in congress, written by historian Miguel Levario, author of Militarizing the Border: When Mexicans Became the Enemy (Texas A&M University Press, 2012).
As the debate rages on in both the Senate and the House of Representatives regarding immigration policy, we must be clear that the proposals are not about reform. Both the Senate and House versions do NOT improve our immigration infrastructure but rather expand it. Everything from legalizing the status of millions of undocumented residents to militarizing the border is not a shift or improvement in American policy.
First, let me begin with one of the most glaring problems with the latest Senate version of the immigration bill, which is the collapsing of immigration and border security into one singular entity. Immigration and border security are inherently contradictory. Immigration suggests openness and movement while border militarization and security suggests closure and resistance to outside influences. More specifically, according to the proposal, a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented residents would not be fully realized until the border is 100% secure. Continue reading →
“Luis Alberto Urrea, an award-winning author, will present “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World” at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at New Mexico State University’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public as part of NMSU’s University Speaker Series.”
See this article for more information.
The Mexican American Archival Enterprise at the Benson Latin American Collection: An Historical Appraisal
Free and Open to the General Public
Evening Reception Followed by One-Day Symposium
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On January 26, 2012, Borderlands History Blog went live. We look forward to more and better content in this next year. Thank you for reading and for your support. If you have news, announcements, or might be interested in guest blogging with us, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though our focus is on North American borderlands history, we’d love to present more from other geographic and methodological perspectives, so if you have some ideas, please drop us a line.
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Here are some highlights from our first year. If you missed commenting on one of these the first time around, please feel free to leave a comment and restart the conversation! Continue reading →
Lee Bebout, Arizona State University and John McKiernan-Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin
Borderlands and Latino Studies Seminar
Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and New Media across Religious Traditions
Columbia University, Department of Religion
Annual Graduate Student Conference
Friday April 26, 2013 Continue reading →
Fred Woods, professor of religion at Brigham Young University is set to publish a book based on his research into the 1912 flight of Mormons from their northern Mexican colonies. Continue reading →
If you haven’t checked out the Facebook page for José Angel Hernández‘s recently released book Mexican Colonization During the Nineteenth Century, you should. Continue reading →
From Dr. Eric Zolov on H-LatAm:
On behalf of the Academy of American Franciscan History (AAFH) and The Americas journal, I am pleased to announce the 2012-13 AAFH Dissertation
Fellowship: Continue reading →