The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry has awarded two teams of faculty members a total of $30,000.
Two teams with a total of 12 faculty members represented from the University of Arizona Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences recently were awarded $30,000 to initiate projects focusing on border issues.
Transfrontera: Movements, Community and Identity in the Américas
This project will bring together interdisciplinary scholars whose work critically examines the material and symbolic manifestations of borders. By centering on the concept of borderlands, Transfrontera is making an intentional appeal to scholarship that attends to the violence and inequality that borders perpetuate, or what Gloria Anzaldúa called "una herida abierta" (an open wound). It also speak to the creativity, solidarities and utopias that are possible when communities come together in the "third space," generally understood to be libraries, cafes, parks and other public spaces.
Team members include Anita Huizar-Hernandez and Lillian Gorman assistant professors in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Michelle Téllez and Maurice Rafael Magaña assistant professors of Mexican-American studies.
Dr. Téllez reads the names of graduates at the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center's 33rd Graduation Convocation held at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona.
"Women are, in many ways, erased from the common narrative of the border region, says Michelle Téllez, a University of Arizona professor who studies and writes about the border, community and gendered migration. When women are the subject of stories, they are often seen solely as “breeders” — the producers of children who are not wanted in the United States, demonstrated by terms like “anchor baby,” she says...."
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"Dr. Michelle Telléz makes a perfect addition to the Success in America Speaker Series by providing a dazzling example of academic success and academic work in diverse communities..."
“His music carries our stories, our histories,” said Michelle Téllez, an interdisciplinary assistant professor in the Mexican-American Studies Department at the UA. “His songs helped shaped identity.”
"Michelle Tellez, a Mexican-American Studies professor at the University of Arizona, said many Mexican-Americans also view the term "Mexican" as synonymous with bad because of the way it has been used against them...."
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"Economic advancement was limited below the border, in part because the North American Free Trade Agreement brought heavily subsidized U.S. corn into Mexico and widespread privatization of Mexican farmland, said Michelle Téllez, a professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University."
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One of Arizona Humanities many goals as a community partner, is to provide the youth of Arizona opportunities to hear other voices in the community along with helping them to discover and grow theirs. Our Liberating Action Hands-on-Humanities camp is seeking to introduce youth in Southern Arizona to voices in communities throughout the nation. These community activists will work alongside the participants to examine what communities are struggling with and how to become engaged and take action to break free from the cycles that have often plagued our communities alike.
“Tia is a firm believer in the ability of everyday people to become change-makers for social and economic justice in their communities,” said Michelle Téllez, a faculty member in ethnic studies and sociology at NAU, who has worked alongside Tia for the past five years."