This investigative report presented by the Surprise Youth Council, explores the humanitarian side of the immigration crisis on the southern Arizona border, featuring Dr. Michelle Téllez.
The video can be found here.
"“Las fronteras también son un espacio de resistencia, de convivencia, de creación”: Téllez
Por su parte, la doctora Téllez, señaló que a causa de los cambios en las reformas migratorias de los últimos años, el tipo de migración en el estado de Arizona ha cambiado radicalmente y ha generado un clima de temor entre los migrantes, principalmente mexicanos.
“La frontera física de Estados Unidos y México no es simplemente un lugar de paso, una línea de cruce de vigilancia militarizada o un límite político, las fronteras también son un espacio de resistencia, de convivencia, de creación y un espacio donde la política transformadora puede tener lugar”, sostuvo.
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Dr. Michelle Téllez participated in a symposium at the Colegio de Sonora in Hermosillo, México on New Directions in Migration Research after the election of Trump. Visit here to see the livestream of the panel.
Plenary Panel: Institutional Responses to Gender-Based Violence
Location: Student Union, Sonora Room
This discussion will consider how various institutions—including law enforcement,
government, military, and educational institutions—respond to systemic gender-violence, including
sexual assault against migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the phenomenon of missing and
murdered Indigenous women, campus sexual assault, and sexual harassment and assault amongst Veterans and members of the military.
with Kiera Ladner, Michelle Téllez, Richard Nichollis, Susan Montgomery
In Transit/En tránsito: Arts, Migration, Resistance is an art exhibition accompanied by related events that collectively explore artistic practice, resistance, and social transformation in relation to transnational migration and human rights politics. Anchored in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and drawing on practices from different regions of the US, Mexico, and Central America, In Transit/En tránsito will bring together artists, activists, and academics for a series of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations.
Organized by Drs. Kaitlin M. Murphy and Anita Huizar-Hernández, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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...."
Read more here.
"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..."