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NPT Juxtapose: Border Security, border perspectives

Two quick items. Want to guess about the overall orientation of each? I’ll start: One is social, cultural and academic. The other one, well, it’s all about the money. One way to figure it out is to look at the scheduled speakers for each event. Here’s a brief blurb from each one. To read the entire news release about each event, follow the jump:

— EL PASO, February 10, 2009– Students from the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta will conduct a teach-in on the violence in the El Paso-Juárez region on Thursday, February 26, at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus. Starting at 6pm, the two-hour event will include four panelists representing both sides of the border and a question and answer period. Originally organized by UTEP doctoral students in the Department of History, the teach-in seeks to bring together experts on the border violence with the El Paso-Juárez community in a forum for discussion and dialogue. Speakers will provide an explanation and understanding of the current situation, explore how the media has covered the issues, and reveal perspectives of those directly impacted by the violence.

— UTEP Hosts Border Security and Immigration Symposium; Speakers to Discuss Balancing Security and Trade, Collaborations with Universities: Several of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the fields of border security and immigration will discuss how to improve border security while addressing immigration and commercial interests at the inaugural National Center for Border Security and Immigration Symposium at UTEP Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27. With the theme of “Educating to Make a Difference in Border Security and Immigration,” the symposium will include panel discussions about alliances between universities and the government to solve complex security issues, balancing security and trade, and how universities are responding to the homeland security challenge.

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EL PASO, February 10, 2009– Students from the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta will conduct a teach-in on the violence in the El Paso-Juárez region on Thursday, February 26, at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus. Starting at 6pm, the two-hour event will include four panelists representing both sides of the border and a question and answer period.

Originally organized by UTEP doctoral students in the Department of History, the teach-in seeks to bring together experts on the border violence with the El Paso-Juárez community in a forum for discussion and dialogue. Speakers will provide an explanation and understanding of the current situation, explore how the media has covered the issues, and reveal perspectives of those directly impacted by the violence.

“Our goal is to create an environment where UTEP students, people from the community and scholars who study this violence can come together to discuss what is happening,” said Antonio López, history doctoral student and co-organizer of the event. The teach-in is specifically intended to give the audience time to ask questions and present their views and concerns. López stated that, “the speakers will talk for ten-minutes each and the rest of the time will be dedicated to a dialogue with the audience. We really want everyone to participate. This is a big issue and we all have a stake in it.”

The event is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Dr. Paul Edison, Chair of the Department of History said that, “we were very pleased when the doctoral students approached us with this idea. This issue is affecting everyone in the border region, and the fact that our students study so close to the events shows the unique perspective the university and El Paso community has to offer.”

Scheduled to speak are Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, labor lawyer from Ciudad Juárez; Hector Padilla, co-chair of the Social Science Graduate Program at the UACJ (Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez); Jaime Hervella, founder and president of the Association of Relatives and Friends of Disappeared Persons; and Kathleen Staudt, professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at UTEP. Event moderator is Dr. Socorro Tabuenca, professor of Chicano Studies at UTEP.

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UTEP Hosts Border Security and Immigration Symposium

Speakers to Discuss Balancing Security and Trade, Collaborations with Universities

Several of the nation’s most prominent leaders in the fields of border security and immigration will discuss how to improve border security while addressing immigration and commercial interests at the inaugural National Center for Border Security and Immigration Symposium at UTEP Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27.

With the theme of “Educating to Make a Difference in Border Security and Immigration,” the symposium will include panel discussions about alliances between universities and the government to solve complex security issues, balancing security and trade, and how universities are responding to the homeland security challenge.

David Cuthbertson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI El Paso Division, will be the keynote speaker at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb 26, at the Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union Building East.

Cecilia Levine, president of MFI International Manufacturing, LLC, will be the keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, across from the University Library. Special Agent Greg Witkop, M.D., academic alliance coordinator for the FBI National Security Research and Technology Protection program, will speak at 9:15 a.m.

Registration for the conference is $50 for non-UTEP participants, $25 for UTEP faculty and staff, and $15 for UTEP students. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, a hosted lunch, breakout refreshments for both days and printed materials.

Additional information is available at the National Center for Border Security and Immigration Web site http://osi.utep.edu.

For more information or to register, call 915-747-8030 or cbsanchez@utep.edu.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

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