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Public Program - Panel Discussion  
Archival Work on the Edge of the State

Saturday, June 4, 2016
2 pm

The curators and curatorial assistants of The Border Studies Archive at the University of Texas will discuss various issues covered by the archive's collections.

In conjunction with current exhibition Fencing In Democracy, organized by Miguel Díaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey.

Presentations include:
The Challenges of Documenting Undocumented Residents in a Democracy of Fear
by Carolina Rocha

Always Already Criminal: Life on the Slant of Il/legality
by Lupe Flores

Representing Democracy in Transition
by Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Díaz-Barriga
The Border Studies Archive, part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Library, houses collections focused on the folklore, histories, and lives of people living along the U.S.-Mexican border in South Texas. Its collections include aural, material, and visual documentation related to Border Music, construction of the Border Wall and Border Security, Latinas and Politics, Spanish Land Grants, Traditional Mexican American Folklore, and Visual Border Studies. In addition to these six areas, it holds a substantial collection of Border Oral History Interviews.

Dr. Miguel Díaz-Barriga is a Professor of Anthropology at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and recently served as the The Carol L. Zicklin Endowed Chair for the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College. He received his bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and his masters and doctorate degree from Stanford University. His research has focused on concepts relating to Mexican-American politics and identity, Latin American social movements, and border studies. Professor Díaz-Barriga served as the President of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) from 2010-2012. His forthcoming book with Margaret Dorsey is entitled Militarization on the Edge: Necro-Citizenship and the U.S.-Mexican Border Fence.

Dr. Margaret Dorsey is Associate Professor of Anthropology of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and was Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brooklyn College from 2014-2015. Her research focuses on border security, Mexican American folklore, and border studies more generally. Dorsey has won numerous grants (National Endowment of the Humanities, National Science Foundation) and published numerous articles on borderlands music and politics and is currently completing a book manuscript with Miguel Díaz-Barriga on border security. Her other book-length projects include Linda Escobar and Tejano Conjunto Music in South Texas (2013) and Pachangas: Borderlands Music, U.S. Politics, and Transnational Marketing (2006). Dorsey is founding curator of the Border Studies Archive at UTRGV.

Lupe A. Flores is a queer-chicano-nepantlera born and raised in the Texas-Mexican borderlands. A graduate student in Anthropology and Mexican American Studies, Lupe is also Curatorial Assistant of the Border Studies Archive at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. His thesis research explores smuggling facilitation and border militarization along the Rio Grande. He has published in Anthropology News, Río Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands, and Allegra Lab: Anthropology, Law, Art, World.

Carolina Rocha was born in California, lived in San Luis Potosí Mexico as a child for three years, then moved with her family to the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) of South Texas. She is a broadcast journalism major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who is taking on the necessary task of giving voice to immigrants usually rendered voiceless in mainstream media. Carolina is a Curatorial Assistant at the Border Studies Archive at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her interviews showcase the effects of the border wall and border security on residents of the RGV.

This event is free and open to the public.

apexart's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Degenstein Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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