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Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderlands Narratives about Identity and Binationalism, a Summer Institute for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6-12), is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and offered by The University of Texas at El Paso. Borderland narratives have historically been seen as peripheral to the development of American history and identity. In middle and high-school textbooks across the country, borderland populations have received minimal attention. The binational spaces border people occupy have been portrayed as dangerous, illegitimate, and as part of a distinct counter-culture.

This Summer Institute
aims to place these forgotten regions and their populations at the center of the debate about American history and identity by focusing on the multicultural region and narratives of the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez metroplex. Over the course of the two-week long Institute, Summer Scholars will be asked to become skilled storytellers through the use of a variety of methodologies that include history, literature, art, film, journalism, music, and theater.

Faculty and Visiting Lecturers
Leading experts and award-winning scholars will lead these comprehensive storytelling workshops. In conjunction with inquiry-based activities centered in the classroom, invited scholars will also take part in several pre-planned field trips to local archives and repositories, historical sites, and cultural venues.

Join Us: July 16 - July 30, 2017
We hope to encourage Summer Scholars to develop their own creative ways of implementing diverse storytelling methodologies into their teaching philosophies in order to more holistically reflect on the complex histories and identities of border peoples--of the binational spaces they inhabit.

The application period closed on March 1st, 2017. Future seminars and institutes will be announced by NEH in February 2018.