NEH Summer Institute

A Summer Institute (Residential) for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6–12) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in collaboration with Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS) and Institute of Oral History (IOH)

July 16th – July 30th, 2023


Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: A Summer Institute

Primary Texts

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Secondary Texts: Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Ball, Eve. Indeh: An Apache Odyssey. University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

Bejarano, Cynthia L. and Jeffrey P. Shepard. "Reflections from the U.S.–Mexico borderlands on a “border-rooted” paradigm in higher education." Ethnicities. 18(2) 277–294

Bersin, Alan. "Lines and Flows: The Beginning and End of Borders." 37 Brook. J. Int'l L. (2012).

Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Chip. "Western Apache Oral Histories and Traditions of the Camp Grant Massacre."  American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 3/4, Special Issue: Urban American Indian Women's Activism (Summer - Autumn, 2003), pp. 639-666

Luiselli, Valeria. "Frontera."  Los Ninos Perdidos (Un ensayo en cuarenta preguntas). 2016.

Luiselli, Valeria. "Casa." Los Ninos Perdidos (Un ensayo en cuarenta preguntas). 2018.

Manjarrez Jr., Victor M.. "Finding the Truth in the Wall Debate."  The Washington Times, 18 Feb. 2019.

Manjarrez Jr. , Victor M..  "Border Security: Defining Its Real Challenge." Homeland Security & Emergency Management. 12(4): 793–800, 2015.

Miller, Todd. Excerpt from Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security. City Lights Books, 2014. 

Morales, Miguel M. “This Is a Migrant Poem.” In Green Mountains Review, Volume 29, Number 2, 2017.

Moraga, Cherríe. “La Güera.” Race, Class, & Gender: An Anthology, edited by Margaret L. Anderson and Patricia Hill Collins. Thomson Wadsworth, 2007, pp. 393-397.

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “In the Antropoetas and Muses We Trust: Reading and Teaching the Poetics about the Borderlands and Chihuahuan Desert.” Selection from Latino Poetics, Ruben Quezada (editor). University of New Mexico Press, 2018. 

Rodriguez, R. Joseph. "The Poem is Evidence of Hope: A Conversation with Jose Antonio Rodriguez." Selection from Paterson Literary Review, Maria M.azziotti Gillan (editor), 2016-2017.

Rodriguez, R. Joseph.  "A Right to Art: A Conversation with Erika Sanchez." Teaching Culturally Sustaining and Inclusive Young Adult Literature. Routledge: New York and London, 2019.

Shepard, Jeffrey P. "Guadalupe Mountains National Park: An Environmental History of the Southwest Borderlands." University of Massachusetts Press, 2019.


Recommended Web Reources

"Borderland" from NPR

"Documented Border: An Open Access Digital Archive"

The Institute of Oral History at UTEP

Museo Urbano

U.S. Library of Congress, Teaching with Primary Sources Program

We'd like to extend our appreciation to the El Paso Historical Commission for images used on this website.

“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.