Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: A Summer Institute

 

Landscape

Unrefined

The desert is no lady.
She screams at the spring sky,
dances with her skirts high,
kicks sand, flings tumbleweeds,
digs her nails into all flesh.
Her unveiled lust fascinates the sun.              

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The poem “Unrefined” is reprinted with permission from the publisher of Chants by Pat Mora ©1994 by Arte Público Press, University of Houston. 
“Unrefined” appears in My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984–1999 by Pat Mora, ©2000 by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, University of Houston. 

 

Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is unique among research institutions.

Nearly 23,400 students are enrolled at UTEP, and that number continues to increase each year. UTEP offers a broad array of degree programs – 72 bachelor’s, 73 master’s and 20 doctoral degrees taught by outstanding faculty who have been nationally recognized for their commitment to student success. A degree from UTEP is also a great value because the University has the lowest out-of-pocket cost of all public research institutions in the nation.

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UTEP has been recognized by Washington Monthly magazine for a third consecutive year among Stanford, Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley as one of the top 10 universities in the nation. The magazine recognized UTEP for its strong impact on the students served, cutting edge research and success in encouraging students to give back to their communities. For improving the future prospects of its student population, the magazine ranked UTEP #1 among all U.S. colleges and universities for the fourth consecutive year in the subcategory of social mobility.

With more than $90 million in annual research spending, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic – a designation that boosts the region’s economy and quality of life, while offering a wealth of research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more by visiting www.utep.edu

El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of our desert sun. El Paso has long been discovered. Since the early days when Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598, to today, with the millions of visitors who come here on a yearly basis.

Smithers WD Map 1920
Map of the U.S.–México Border from El Paso to Van Horn, Texas, 1920 by W. D. (Wilfred Dudley) Smithers, 1895–1981
Reproduction of a hand-drawn map [1920] showing the border area between Texas and Mexico from El Paso, Texas (left) to Van Horn, Texas (right).
Several towns, forts, roads, and geographic features are marked primarily on the Texas side of the map.

A note in the bottom-left corner of the map says: “Where the Rio Grande becomes the U.S. & Mexico boundary, and flows towards the Big Bend District.” It makes 1,260 miles of the international border. Much of the early history of the Southwest was made along the Río Bravo (Río Grande) by the Spaniards. Their route was through “El Paso del Norte,” the Pass of the North. This section of the border was very active during the “Border Trouble Days” of 1916 to 1920.

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