Border Cities/Border Cultures Conference Program

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Friday, November 15-Saturday, November 16, 2002

*All events take place at the UW-Milwaukee Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, and are free and open to the public.*

There is a $10 charge for lunch per day. To reserve a spot, please print out and mail in the registration form.

Friday, November 15

8.30-9 Registration, coffee and bagels

9.00-9.30 -- Welcome: Joseph A. Rodríguez, Assoc. Professor, Department of History/Urban Studies and Interim Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Panel 1: Immigrants, Literary Representations, and Literacy

1. “Canada’s immigration policy in the era of continental integration: border issues and the ‘borderland mentality’,” Dominique Daniel, Associate Professor, English Department, University of Tours

2. “Sick and Tired:  Migrant Health and Toxic Racism in Latino Literature,” Margaret Crosby, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee

3. “Teaching Nationalism in School on the Border, Ciudad Juárez-El Paso,” Susan Rippberger, Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Administration, University of Texas at El Paso

Moderator: Patrice S. Petro, Professor, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

11-11.15-Coffee Break


Panel 2: Migration, History, and War

4. “Poverty and Race in a Great Lakes City: African Canadian Migration to Detroit during the Late Nineteenth Century,” Nora Faires, Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Western Michigan University

5. “A Texas-Wisconsin Borderland: Mexican-American Migrant Workers and Citizenship Activism in an American City, 1964-1974,” Marc Simon Rodríguez, Asst. Prof., Department of History and Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University.

6. “Border Cities and the Mexican War: Matamoros-Brownsville 1846-1848,” Jaime Mendoza Martínez, University of Leicester, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Moderator:  Steve Meyer, Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

12.45-2.15 Lunch


Panel 3: Border City Planning and Labor

7. “Warren, Arizona: A Case Study of Race, Urban Planning, and Paternalism on the Border, 1905-1917,” Katherine A. Benton, Department of History, University of Wisconsin- Madison

8. “The Dynamics of Border Conflict: The Detroit Federation of Labor and the Windsor Commuter Problem, 1885-1935,” Tom Klug, Assoc. Professor, Department of History, Marygrove College

9. “Ejidatarios’ Negotiation and Interpretation of the Amendments to Article 27: Neoliberalism, Globalization and Landscape Changes in Mexican Border Cities,” David Walker, Dept. of Geography, University of Kentucky

Moderator: Howard Handelman, Prof., UWM, Department of Political Science

3.45-4 Coffee break

4   Keynote speaker: Dr. Lawrence Herzog, San Diego State University, author of Where North Meets South and From Aztec to High-Tech
     will speak on: "Globalization of Mexico-US Border Citises: Seven Ecologies."

Introduction: Prof. Kris Ruggiero, UWM, Department of History and Directory Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

5   Reception

Saturday, Nov. 16

8.30-9—coffee pastry/bagels


Panel 4: Border Cities in the Americas and Beyond

10. “’No place for a Roman.’  Crossing borders, slavery, and ethnic identity in the ancient metropolis,” Carlos Galvao-Sobrinho, Asst. Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

11. “Crossing the Border to California: Panama City and the California Gold Rush, 1848-1860,” Asst. Professor Aims McGuiness, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

12. “El Malecón as Border Story: History, Identity and Temporality,” Susan Lord, Assoc. Professor, Department of Film Studies, Queen’s University, Canada

Moderator: William Vélez, Professor, Dept of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

10.30-10.45 am coffee break


Panel 5: Policing the Border

13. “A New World Border in a Post 9/11 Era: Militarization, Globalization, and Resistance,” José Palafox, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California-Berkeley

14. “A ‘Barrier’ or ‘An Imaginary Line’?: The Economics and Politics of the Border in the Great Lakes Region,” David R. Smith, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Michigan

15. “Terror and Travelling: Media Maps and Undocumented Immigration at the US-Mexico Border,” Susan P. Mains, Assoc. Prof. Department of Geography and Geology, The University of the West Indies-Mona

Moderator: Kris Ruggiero, Assoc. Prof., Dept of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

12.15-1.30 Lunch


Panel 6: Border City Representations

16. “The Politics of Representation: ‘La Frontera’ in the Mexican Media,” Margath A. Walker, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky

17. “Un Gran Circo es Esta Ciudad: Mexico City and Los Angeles in the Music of Maldita Vecinda, Café Tacuba, Union 12, Rage Against the Machine, and Chalino Sánchez,” Pedro Castillo, Assoc. Professor, Dept of History, University of California-Santa Cruz.

18. “Nomadic Subjects and Trans-National Space in Sandra Cisneros’ Woman Hollering Creek,” Rubén Medina, Assoc. Professor, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Moderator: Terry Miller, CIE, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

3-3.15 Coffee Break


Panel 7: Work and Community on the Border

19. "Working as Writers, Looking for a Time in the Community," Paul Fallon, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,  University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

20. “Practicing Home in Two Centuries of Transnationalism: Architecture, Ethnicity, and Land Use in San Diego, 1800-2000,” Jennifer Jordan, Asst. Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

21. “Fronteras No Más,” Irasema Coronado, Ast. Professor, Dept of Political Science, University of Texas-El Paso.

Moderator: Lance Grahn, Associate Professor, Department of History, Marquette University

4.45-5 coffee break

5  Roundtable: Latino Arts

“Border Photographs,” Camilo José Vergara, photographer, New York City, author of The New American Ghetto and Twin Towers Remembered

Introduction: Carl Nightingale, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

                     Respondants: James Rojas, Co-Chair, Latino Urban  Forum, Los Angeles.
                     Enrique Figueroa, Director, Roberto Hernández Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
                      Jasmine Amy Alinder,

6.30 Reception