The United States-Mexico Border | Newberry

The United States-Mexico Border

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Geraldo Cadava, Northwestern University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Even though borders are frequently located at the peripheries of empires and nations, they nevertheless shape how centers of national power—cities, national capitols, etc.—have defined their relation to issues such as territorial expansion, sovereignty, defense, immigration, labor, community formation, difference, and race and ethnicity. To understand these dynamics, this seminar will trace the evolution of the United States-Mexico border as it has evolved from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. To root our discussion, we will focus on culture, economics, migration, and politics including local versus national approaches to border enforcement. We will discuss how the border changed during particular historical periods and as a result of particular historical evenings, including the Texas Revolution, the U.S.-Mexico War, the economic expansion of the United States into the American West, the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Era, the period of mass immigration after 1965, and the free trade era defined by the negotiation and aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ultimately this seminar will help you think about the challenges that face the U.S.-Mexico border today.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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