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NMSU symposium to discuss COVID-19 impacts on border, Caribbean, Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food, health, education and migration worldwide. The Center of Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University (NMSU) will host a symposium Friday, April 22, to address those issues and how they’ve impacted the U.S./Mexico border, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Author: Adriana M. Chavez

The symposium, titled “Impacts, Responses, and Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” will feature scholars and graduate students presenting research highlighting those impacts, and how people have resisted, reorganized and adapted to new challenges. The symposium takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom Events. It is free and open to the public.

Panelists include scholars from NMSU, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas in Mexico, the University of Colorado Boulder, University of San Diego, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia Madrid in Spain, the University of Texas at El Paso, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Mexico, the University of Arizona and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

David G. Ortiz, Center for Latin American and Border Studies Faculty Fellow, said this is the center’s first international symposium. The goal is to share research on how the pandemic has affected four key areas of concern in the Americas: food systems and access to food, public health, education, and transnational migration and governance.

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