Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism




El Paso, TX


July 16-30, 2023


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience



Borderlands narratives have historically been seen as peripheral to the development of American history and identity. In middle and high-school textbooks across the country, borderlands populations have received minimal attention. The binational spaces border people occupy have been portrayed as dangerous, illegitimate, and as part of a distinct counter-culture. In this Summer Institute, we aim to place these forgotten regions and their populations at the center of the debate about American history and identity by focusing on the multicultural region and narratives of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez metroplex.

Project Director(s)

Ignacio Martínez; R. Joseph Rodríguez

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

C. J. Alvarez; Cynthia Bejarano; David Bowles; e.E. Charlton-Trujillo; Adriana Dominguez; Eric J. Garcia; Sheryl Luna

Grantee Institution

The University of Texas at El Paso

Funded through the Division of Education Programs