The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination
Pablo López Luz, San Diego-Tijuana X1, Frontera series, inkjet print.
The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination

» 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: The Border: Selections from the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, Doi and Dee Henley Reading Room, Leatherby Libraries 2nd Floor May 2: Bovey Lee and Leatherby Libraries Exhibition Soft Opening

September 4: 5-7 p.m. The Border: Selections from the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art and Guggenheim Gallery Opening Celebration, Moulton Courtyard

September 19: Documenting the Border, Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with major news personnel, Beckman Hall 404

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

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: Panels and speakers, with lunchtime gallery walks, Beckman 404.

Featured Speakers:

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

Artist panel featuring: Bovey Lee and Tom Kiefer

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

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