UTEP Borderlands History Conference, February 10-12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Location: Liberal Arts Building, Second Floor: Room 222
Noon to 2pm- Oral History Workshop (Space limited)

The Institute of Oral History is pleased to present "Oral History: An Introduction to the Basics" for scholars interested in conducting oral histories or initiating an oral history project. The workshop is presented by Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva, director of UTEP’s Institute of Oral History, who was recently awarded the American Historical Association’s Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history. The workshop will cover pre-interview strategies, the interviewing process, and cultural competency. The Institute is currently conducting a long-term project interviewing former students who attended segregated schools in the Borderlands. The Institute was founded in 1972 and currently holds 1,500 oral histories as well as 20,000 pages of transcripts. The workshop will include lunch.

Location (All Friday Afternoon/Evening Sessions): El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center

4:00 to 4:10pm- Opening Remarks

4:10 to 6:10pm- Panel One: Representing the Border Family Through Radio, Literature, Monuments, and Film

6:30 to 7:20 pm-Keynote: “A transnational feminist(s) network of women: From Tampico, to south Texas and beyond, 1900-1940"
Sonia Hernández, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, received the Ph.D in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2006. Dr. Hernández specializes in the intersections of gender and labor in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands, Chicana/o history, and Modern Mexico.  She has published in Spanish and English; her most recent book, Working Women into the Borderlands (Texas A&M University Press, 2014) received the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association and the Liz Carpenter Award from the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Hernández is currently working on a book-length monograph on the transnational connections between women from south Texas, Tampico, and Barcelona rooted in anarcho-syndicalist ideas that at times complemented, clashed, competed with, or reinforced ideas about women’s rights. Her recent article based on this new book, “Revisiting Mexican(a) Labor History through Feminismo Transfronterista: From Tampico to Texas and Beyond, 1910-1940” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Transnational Feminism Special Issue, vol. 36, no. 3 (2015) was awarded the Outstanding Article Award from the LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Latino/a Section. Dr. Hernández is currently an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University; she is also a member of the collective public history project that documents the state-sanctioned violence against the Mexican-origin community along the Texas-Mexico border, 1910-1920 (

7:30 to 9pm-Reception with Cash Bar

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Location (all Saturday daytime sessions): Hilton Garden Inn El Paso / University
8:30 to 10:30am- Panel Two: Fractured Migrations – Reconfiguring Family Across Borders

10:50am to 12:50pm- Panel Three: (B)ordering Gender, Sexuality, and Community

1pm-2:pm Buffet Lunch & Presentation of the Dr. John H. McNeely Graduate Student Oral History Award

2:20 to 4:20pm- Panel Four: Religious Communities – Saints, Brothers, and the Dead in the Borderlands

4:30 to 5pm- Wrap Up: Larisa Veloz, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas at El Paso

Location: Café Mayapan
7 to 11pm- Dinner & Festivities, Café Mayapan

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Location (Pick up & Drop off): Hilton Garden Inn El Paso / University
8:30 to 11am- Guided Visits to Notable Border Sites (Space limited)

Location: TBA
1 to 3pm- Debriefing Session for Teachers Receiving CPE credits
UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning is pleased to offer Continuing Professional Education Credits for secondary educators attending the conference.

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