Border Zone Community Forum

In April 2021, we will organize a Border Zone Community Forum in collaboration with our partner, Dr. Adela C. Licona, who is currently the Interim Executive Director of BorderLinks, a Tucson-based critical border education organization. A former faculty member at the University of Arizona involved in the study of border rhetorics, Dr. Licona is now a community organizer and artist who addresses the political challenges of our immediate border zone. Dr. Licona has agreed to curate the Community Forum, which will host presentations and/or installations by individuals or organization representatives engaged in critical pedagogy about the impact of neoliberal and neopopulist policies and actions in the southern Arizona/Sonora border zone.

The three guiding questions with which we anticipate launching this forum are:

  1. How did the neoliberal turn associated with NAFTA in the 1990s affect the social, cultural, political or natural environment and the human needs in our local border zone?
  2. What new developments and needs accompany the explosion of populist border policing today, including detentions, militarization, and wall-building?
  3. How might we teach about these various changes in the classroom or elsewhere?