International Symposium on Violence in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands

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2600 Live Oak Street

Dallas, TX 75204

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SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, in partnership with the Instituto Mora of Mexico City, will host a public forum on the history of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border at 2:30pm Saturday, April 16, at the Latino Cultural Center.

Bringing together scholars and journalists from Mexico, the United States and Great Britain, the international forum will focus on the long evolution of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, from the early 1800s through the modern drug wars. The forum will offer a combination of panel discussions and lectures?

“Because of the modern drug wars, the border today has an enduring reputation as a site of brutal violence,” notes Andrew J. Torget, a professor of history at the University of North Texas and one of the organizers of the event. “But what people tend to forget is that border violence has changed dramatically during the past two centuries, and there is nothing inevitable about today’s situation. This public event will present historical background for the modern situation, as we discuss how border violence has evolved over time.”

Panel discussions will include seasoned Dallas Morning News journalists Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico (Penguin Books, 2013) Dianne Solís, National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ 2006 Journalist of the Year, and Joan Grillo, author of El Narco (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Gangster Warlord (Bloomsbury, 2016). Grillo’s work on violence and the border have appeared in, the New York Times, Time magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.

Joining them will be noted historians and scholars Alan Knight, Oxford University; Marcela Terrazas, Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas – UNAM; J. Gabriel Martinez-Serna, Universidad Iberoamericana Saltillo; Gerardo Gurza, Instituto Mora of Mexico City; Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M University; William Carrigan, Rowan University; Clive Webb, University of Sussex; Elaine Carey, St. Johns University; and Miguel Gonzalez Quiroga, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Also participating are Alberto Barrera Enderle, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon; Alice Baumgartner, Yale University; Timothy Bowman, West Texas A&M Lance Blyth, NORAD - US Northern Command; Jose Carlos Cisneros Guzman, Universidad TecMilenio; Alejandra Diaz, University of Essex; Santiago Ivan Guerra, Colorado College; Brandon Morgan, Central New Mexico Community College; and Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, Texas State University.

Sponsor: William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU in partnership with Instituto Mora of Mexico City, and with support from SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the Latino Cultural Center, a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

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