THE BORDER STUDIES PROGRAM IS GOING VIRTUAL THIS FALL!
Virtual Fall 2020 will run from August 10th to November 23rd (scroll down for schedule of topics)
Apply here if you are an Earlham student and would like to participate in the Virtual Internship Program.
Apply here if you are a non-Earlham student and would like to participate in the Virtual Internship Program or the Virtual Course
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Virtual Border Studies Internship Program (2 credits), featuring internships at organizations along the border, and throughout Mexico and the United States. Opportunities include research positions with independent journalists, digital theater production with Borderlands Theater, legal support for immigrants and non-citizens through Keep Tucson Together, support work for a northern Mexico migrant shelter network through the Ajo Samaritans, distribution of the film Undeterred, and many more! Internships will run for 14 weeks and are open to any student from any Border Studies-affiliated campus or academic institution.
Virtual Border Studies Course (2 or 4 credits), a series of ten online panels, workshops and webinars featuring grassroots actors on the frontlines of social justice struggles in the U.S. / Mexico borderlands that will be freely available to the public and folded into two seven-week, two-credit courses titled “Critical Issues in the Borderlands.” All panels, workshops and webinars will be bilingual in English and Spanish, and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm EST. See here for more information.
VIRTUAL FALL SCHEDULE OF TOPICS - HORARIO DE LOS TEMAS DEL OTOÑO VIRTUAL
*Consider including one or more of the following topics in your Fall syllabus
COURSE 1: AUGUST 10TH TO SEPTEMBER 23RD
Current Events in the U.S. / MEX border region- Eventos actuales en la región fronteriza de los EE.UU y MEX
August/agosto 10 and 12: Introduction Week- Semana de introducciones
August/agosto 17: Trump’s asylum policies and the transnational borderlands during Covid-19- Las políticas de asilo de Trump y las tierras fronterizas durante Covid-19
August/agosto 19: Seminar discussion- Discusión en seminario
August/agosto 24: Indigenous resilience, militarization, and the coloniality of the U.S. / Mexico border- La resiliencia indígena, la militarización y la colonialidad de la frontera de EE.UU y México
August/agosto 26: Seminar discussion/discusión en seminario
August/agosto 31: Language justice, migration and border militarization- La justicia lingüística, la migración y la militarización de la frontera
September/septiembre 2: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
September/septiembre 7: Labor Day-Día del trabajo
September/septiembre 9: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
September/septiembre 14: Gender, sexuality and migration- El género, la sexualidad y la migración
September/septiembre 16: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
September/septiembre 21: Unpacking the U.S. Midwest as a Borderland- Pensando en el medio oeste de los EE.UU como tierras fronterizas
September/septiembre 23: Last class/La última clase
COURSE 2: OCTOBER 5TH TO NOVEMBER 19TH
Tools and Strategies for Organizing and Social Justice- Herramientas y estrategias para la organización y la justicia social
October/octubre 5: Introductions and Grassroots organizing and legal avenues in the struggle for immigrant rights- La organización de grupos de base y avenidas legales en la lucha para los derechos de inmigrantes
October/octubre 7: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
October/octubre 12: Indigenous Peoples' Day. No class- El Día de personas indígenas. No hay clase
October/octubre 14: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
October/octubre 19: Language justice: tools and training for social change- La justicia lingüística y herramientas para el cambio social
October/octubre 21: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
October/octubre 26: Self-defense for social justice and community autonomy/La autodefensa para la justicia social y la autonomía comunitaria
November/noviembre 2: Wellness and the Politics of Wellness/El bienestar y la política del bienestar
November/noviembre 4: Seminar discussion- discusión en seminario
November/noviembre 9: Social struggle, healing justice and art expression- La lucha social, la justicia restaurativa y la expresión artística
November/noviembre 11: Veteran's Day. No class- El Día de los Veteranos. No hay clase.
November/noviembre 16 y 18: Conclusion week/Semana de conclusiones
The Border Studies Program explores salient topics of our days such as transnational migration, neoliberal globalization, the militarization of policing, and struggles for environmental justice, ethnic studies and indigenous rights. The southern Arizona borderlands are defined by intense contestation around a host of issues that are coming to define the 21st century. Students in the Border Studies Program are immersed in this learning environment through a structured and dynamic semester-long program that offers hands-on experience in contemporary justice struggles and an expansive curriculum that valorizes grassroots knowledge and challenges students to understand and articulate the context and implications of their own positionalities. The program consists of homestays, internships in grassroots and/or non-profit organizations and excursions as well as a rigorous academic curriculum.
Based in Tucson, the Border Studies Program is situated in a complex and critical geographic bioregion, offering unique opportunities to social, cultural, ecological and political issues in a local, regional, and international context. Located in a dynamic multinational border region, Tucson’s history of cultural, environmental and social struggle has shaped the interventions of myriad individuals, organizations and communities working to protect the unique ecosystem, cultural identities and lives of peoples who inhabit the arid lands of Sonora, Arizona and beyond.
Potential excursions take Border Studies students to a number of sites that include trips to the Sonoran-Arizona borderlands along both sides of the border as well as the interior of Mexico. Past excursions have included Nogales, Sonora, Mexico; the O’odham Nation in Sonora; the Río Sonora Valley; El Paso and Ciudad Juárez; Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico; New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness; as well as sites in Arizona like Florence and Arivaca. The unique combination of coursework, field studies, and travel seminars create an outstanding opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of their own positionalities in relationship to space, a multitude of communities and their particular struggles for social justice. Excursions also allow for students to explore several academic themes such as migration, the global economy, environmental degradation, development, sustainability, transnational communities, international boundaries, and justice in a land marked by numerous inequalities. Please direct questions about international travel to Patty Lamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also read a chapter about the Border Studies Program that was published in a new book called Putting the Local in Global Education: Models for Transformative Learning through Domestic Off-Campus Programs.
Fall 2020: August 10 - November 23
Spring 2021: January 19 - May 7
How to Apply
The Border Studies Program is open to students from all academic backgrounds and majors in good standing at any college or university. All participants must be full-time undergraduate students. For Spanish language requirements, please visit the Language Learning webpage.
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