Michelle Téllez first heard the lively harmonic sounds of son jarocho music at a community concert in Los Angeles. The band playing was Mono Blanco, a well-known troupe from Veracruz, Mexico.
“The sound drew me in. It was so fast and sharp,” said Téllez, assistant professor of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.
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This summer Dr. Téllez spent 4-weeks as faculty lead for the Vivir Mexico Study Abroad Program through the Guerrero Center, the Department of Mexican American Studies and the Global Experiential Learning Program at the University of Arizona.
Event presented by the Center for Critical Race Studies and InterActions Journal includes keynotes by artist/activist Edxie Betts and Michelle Téllez of the University of Arizona, May 18.
InterActions, the UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, and the Center for Critical Race Studies will host “Visions of Justice & Liberation: How Do We Get Free Through Education and Technological Practices?” on May 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Campbell Hall, Rm. 1101. The symposium will include keynotes by Edxie Betts, a multiracial and trans artist, activist, and cultural producer, and Michelle Téllez, assistant professor of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona.
El Tambó Fest, Night One: First-Ever Cumbia Summit of the Borderlands kicked off on April 27, 2018 at Hotel Congress. The event was part of the annual Agave Heritage Festival which explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows, and world-class culinary events. The evening began with a panel discussion of cumbia artists and was sponsored by Southwest Folklife Alliance and CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas.)
Founder and Artistic Director of El Tambo Logan Phillips introduced the moderator and the speakers. El Tambo began in 2013 and bills itself as Tucson’s legendary dance party without borders. El Tambo loosely translates as “the Drum” and celebrates the cultural remixing that has always taken place here in the borderlands.
University of Arizona Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies Michelle Téllez moderated this panel of four cumbia musicians from four of the bands who performed at El Tambó Fest, Night One: First-Ever Cumbia Summit of the Borderlands. Gabriel Sullivan from Chicha Dust, Adrian Rodriguez from La Diabla, Cody Lopez from Tohono O’odham cumbia band Native Creed, and Kiko Rodriguez from El Paso’s Frontera Bugalú.
To listen to the panel: Part 1 and Part 2 (in 30 minute segments)
Recorded by KXCI Music Director Duncan Hudson.
Edited and produced by Amanda Shauger.
Click here to watch video about the Cumbia Summit by Arizona Public Media.
Producer/Editor: Andrew Brown
Videographer: Nate Huffman, Mitch Riley
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.