La Frontera - The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination
Pablo López Luz, San Diego - Tijuana XI, Frontera USA – Mexico 2015
La Frontera - The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination

» La Frontera - The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination

Border LogoBorders divide people, laws, and environments. Across them flow people, legal and illegal goods, money, and more. During fall 2019 Chapman University will campus-wide interrogation of the timely issue of borders, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border. Drawing from the humanities, social sciences, journalism, law, and visual and performing arts, courses will examine borders though disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and a number of public events allow the campus and wider community to examine the controversial issues around borders. Throughout the semester you are invited to join a book club, tour the art galleries with a student ambassador, and attend events.

This will culminate in a conference November 14-16 that will bring leading scholars, creatives, and journalists to Chapman University, and then offer a space for student presentations. By engaging in multi-disciplinary examination of this topic, the hope is that our community will come away better informed and prepared to be engaged global citizens.

Planned Events:

(Check back often for more information!)

May 2 – November 17: LA FRONTERA - THE BORDER: Selections from the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, Doy and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries 2nd Floor. Featured artists include Tom Kiefer, Janire Najera, Pablo López Luz, and Bovey Lee. 

May 2: LA FRONTERA - THE BORDER: Selections from the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art Soft Opening with talk by artist Bovey Lee. 

August 26 - November 17: LA FRONTERA - THE BORDER: An Interdisciplinary Examination, Guggenheim Gallery. Featured artists include Tanya Aguiniga, Natalia Anciso, Raul Baltazar, Nikki Darling, Luis G. Hernandez, Ingrid Levya, Richard Lou, Roy Martinez, Robert J. Sánchez. 

September 4: 5-7 p.m. LA FRONTERA - THE BORDER Escalette Permanent Collection of Art and Guggenheim Gallery Exhibitions Opening Celebration, Moulton Courtyard

September 17: Screening of the 30th Anniversary Remastered Edition "Weapons of the Spirit" followed by a discussion with filmmaker Pierre Sauvage and Dr. Lisa Leitz, 7 p.m. Memorial Hall (Rodgers Center Event)

September 19: 11:30-1:30, International Day of Peace/Social Justice BBQ, Wallace All-Faiths Chapel, Fish, free lunch

September 24: Words of Memory and Hope: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust with Alexandra Zapruder and Holocaust survivor, Peter Feigl, 7 p.m. Memorial Hall, (Rodgers Center Event)

October 10: 4 p.m. Jorge Rodriguez with Fandango Fronterizo, Cross-Cultural Center

October 17: 7 p.m., Bensussen Lecture on the Undocumented Migration Project featuring Jason De León (2017 MacArthur Fellow) with Michael Wells and Stephanie Takaragawa, Folino Theater in Marion Knott Studios

October 24: 4 p.m., Dr. Michelle Téllez, "Liberating Stories of Resistance along the U.S./Mexico Border" - Argyros Forum 209B

Border Conference November 14-17: Keynote Lecture with Francisco Cantú, 7 p.m. Auditorium, Memorial Hall

+ - November 14-17: Main Conference

Thursday, November 14

6:15 p.m. Remembrance of the Fall of the Berlin Wall; Liberty Plaza in between DeMille and Wilkinson Halls

7 p.m., Memorial Hall, Francisco Cantú, former border patrol agent whose memoir, A Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, made numerous lists for best books of 2018 and is shortlisted for several literary prizes

Friday, November 15, All Day: Chapman Faculty Experts, with lunchtime gallery walks, Beckman 404.

Featured Speakers:

José Ángel N., author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant

James Frederick, leading freelance multimedia journalist on the border, based in Mexico City, regularly featured on NPR

Carolina Prado, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at San José State 

Nicole Ramos, Human rights lawyer and Director of Border Rights Project at Al Otro Lado

Featured Artists panel featuring:

Tanya Aguiniga 

Luis G. Hernandez 

Tom Kiefer

Bovey Lee 

Richard Lou 

Guisela Lattore 

Stephen Nuno, Professor of Political Science at Northern Arizona University and writer for NBC Latino

Chapman Faculty Expert Speakers:

Artistic Expression: Amy Buono, Assistant Professor of Art; Lindsay Shen, Director of Art Collections; Marcus Herse, Art Department and Guggenheim Gallery Director

Activism & Humanitarian Issues: Lisa Leitz, Delp Wilkinson Professor of Peace Studies; Victoria Carty, Associate Professor of Sociology; Ruben Espinoza, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of LatinX & Latin-American Studies and Sandra Alvarez, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Drugs, Crime, and Religion: Rafael Luévano, Professor of Religious Studies

Health & Environment: Georgiana Bostean, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science & Policy

The Ethics of Open Borders: Bas van der Vossen, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy

Law & Immigration: Marisa Cianciarulo, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Fowler Law School

Demographic & Economic Trends: Joel Kotkin, Chapman Presidential Fellow & R. Hobbs Professor in Urban Studies

Saturday, November 16, All Day: Student panels, literary readings, art, films, & poster presentations, Beckman Hall 404


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Need more information?

Contact Associate Professor, Delp-Wilkinson Endowed Chair in Peace Studies, Dr. Lisa Leitz.

Phone: 714-516-4579