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UTEP’s Department of History to hold 1st Borderlands History Conference

The University of Texas at El Paso Department of History will present its first-ever Borderlands History Conference Nov. 6-7, 2015. The event brings together historians of Mexico’s north and scholars of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands to deepen and advance the field of borderlands history.

“Given the uniqueness of our department’s borderlands history doctoral program, and UTEP’s importance as a research institution on the border, this is the logical place for such a gathering, and we hope that this will be the first in a series of these conferences,” said Department of History Chair Samuel Brunk, Ph.D.

The public is invited to attend a free keynote address at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in UTEP’s El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on Wiggins Road. The speaker will be noted scholar Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of “Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol.”

“With its dual emphasis on immigration and incarceration, Dr. Kelly Lytle-Hernandez’s keynote address touches on issues that are of profound current interest,” Brunk said. A reception will follow the address, and free parking will be available on campus.

During the conference’s second day, scholars from around the world will present their research on the region’s unique binational history. Individuals who are interested in attending these panel discussions may email historyconference@utep.eduAll panels will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Find the conference schedule and additional details at borderhistoryconf.utep.edu.

The UTEP Borderlands History Conference is organized and sponsored by the UTEP Department of History and its doctoral program. In its first 15 years, 22 students have received doctoral degrees in Borderlands History from UTEP.

Graduates of the program have obtained teaching positions at institutions including Sarah Lawrence College; California State University Northridge; the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina; Loyola Marymount University; and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Mexico).

Author: UTEP

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