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TALES FROM THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT:

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

 

Luiselli V 2017          Luiselli Los Niños perdidos    Luiselli Tell me how it ends

 

Bowles Le dicen fregona      Bowles They call her fregona    Campbell Downtown Juarez    

 

Longoria Living beyond borders      Longoria Mas Alla de la frontera    Luna Magnificent Errors   

 

Secondary Texts

WEEK ONE

Setting the Stage: Historiography in the Chihuahuan Desert and Inquiry-Based Learning
The Origins of History and Narratives at the Border


Setting the Stage--Approaches to History and Narratives

Alvarez, C. J. Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US–Mexico Divide.   University of Texas Press, 2019. [Book is provided in print format.]

Collins, Billy. “The History Teacher” [poem]. Questions about Angels: Poems. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991. 77-78. Video by students from Albermarle High School.

 

What is History, and Whose Shall We Teach? 

Hernández, Kelly Lytle. “Part One: Formation.” In Migra! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. University of California Press, 2010, pp. 1-83. (e-file)

Alvarez, C. J. Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US–Mexico Divide. University of Texas Press, 2019. [Book is provided in print format.]

 

Perspectives From Border Enforcement

Alvarez, C. J. Border Land, Border Water: A History of Construction on the US–Mexico Divide.  University of Texas Press, 2019. [Book is provided in print format.]

 

Textbooks and Methods about History

Luiselli, Valeria. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions. Trans. Lizzie Davis. Coffee House Press, 2017. [Book is provided in print format.]

Bowles, David. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems. Cinco Puntos Press, 2018. [Book is provided in print format.]

Bowles, David, and Meza, Erika. My Two Border Towns. Kokila, Penguin Random House, 2021. (e-file)

Bowles, David. “The Body by the Canal.” Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, Margarita Longoria, editor. Penguin, 2021. (e-file)

 

 

Teaching Narratives through History and Literature

Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive: A Novel. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.  [Book is provided in print format.] Reader’s Guide

Bowles, David. “The Body by the Canal.” Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, Margarita Longoria, editor. Penguin, 2021. (e-file)

Bowles, David. “Someone to Believe in Me” [pdf]. English Journal, Volume 109, Number 5,  2020, pp. 116-118.

Secondary Texts: Recommended Readings

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Chapter 5: How to Tame a Wild Tongue.” Borderlands / La frontera: The New Mestiza (2nd ed.). Aunt Lute Press, 2012, pp. 75-86. (e-file)

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “To Live in the Borderlands Means You.” Borderlands / La frontera: The New Mestiza (2nd ed.). Aunt Lute Press, 2012, pp. 216-217. (e-file)

Mora, Pat. “Desert Women.” Nepantla: Essay from the Land in the Middle. University of New Mexico Press, 1994, 2009, pp. 53-72.

Mora, Pat. “Coatlicue’s Rules: Advice from an Aztec Goddess.” Prairie Schooner 68, no. 4, 1994, pp. 76-78. Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. [e-file]

 

Saturday, July 24th: Independent Study

Virtual Tour of EP Missions and Indian Cultural Center: View video at your leisure:

 Second Text: Recommended Viewing

NEH: A Look at El Paso

 

WEEK TWO

Narratology and the Construction of Identity and Binationalism: Telling the Stories of the Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands 


Borderlands Families: The Women, Men, and Children on the Border
 

Luiselli, Valeria. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions. Trans. Lizzie Davis. Coffee House Press, 2017. [Book is provided in print format.] Reader’s Guide

Bowles, David. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems. Cinco Puntos Press, 2018. [Book is provided in print format.]

Bowles, David. “Oscar and the Giant.” Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, Margarita Longoria, editor. Penguin, 2021. (e-file)

Bejarano, Cynthia, and Ma. Eugenia Hernández Sánchez, The Mantling and Dismantling of a Tent City at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021. (e-file)

 

Borders, Performances, and Politics in Action

Huerta, Jorge. The Legacy of Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino: The First Fifty Years [speech]. HowlRound, 2015. (e-file)

View: This Is Us! (2009) by Luis Valdez

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. At-Risk Summer [trailer], 2015.

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. At-Risk Summer [documentary], 2015.

Secondary Texts: Supplementary Viewing

Chicano! PBS Documentary (2014)

Secondary Texts: Recommended Reading

The GroundTruth Project. GroundTruth: A Field Guide for Correspondents (2017).

 

Documented Borders via Narratology 

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. Meet the Author and Filmmaker.

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. Selection Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America, Margarita Longoria, editor. Penguin, 2021. (e-file)

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. Fat Angie [book trailer]. Candlewick Press, 2013, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Higs0D3H3Ks

Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive: A Novel. Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. [Book is provided in print format.] Reader’s Guide

Secondary Texts: Recommended Reading

Mora, Pat. “La Migra.”  In Ms. Magazine. Jan. 1993. (e-file)

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. Prizefighter en Mi Casa [excerpt]. Delcorte Press, 2006. (e-file)

Secondary Texts: Required Viewing

National Park Service, Chamizal National Memorial, Pre-Show Introduction

Secondary Texts: Supplementary Viewing

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. Cielito lindo2003.

Charlton-Trujillo, e. E. At Risk Summer2015. IMBD

 

 

Narratives and Influences on the Stage

Heller, Meredith. “Gender-Bending in El Teatro Campesino (1968-1980): A Mestiza Epistemology of Performance.”Mestiza Epistemology of Performance.” Gender & History, Volume 24, Number 3, November  2012, pp. 766-781. (e-file) 

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

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “In the Antropoetas and Muses We Trust: Reading and Teaching the Poetics about the Borderlands and Chihuahuan Desert.” Pennsylvania Literary Review, Volume 10, Number 2, Summer 2018, pp. 57-85. (e-file)

Rodríguez, R. Joseph. “The Spanish Teacher.” Unpublished poem, 2019. (e-file)

View: Your Story Matters (2014) by Josefina López

 

Reflections and Journeys in the Humanities

Rodriguez, José Antonio. “La Migra.” In The New Yorker. June 19, 2017. (e-file)

 National Humanities Alliance: Help Raise the Visibility of NEH Programs (informational flyer)

 


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.