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SMU Clements Center hosts symposium on history of violence along U.S.-Mexico border

April 16 event free and open to the public

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Spanish Version of News Release

Dallas (SMU)- El Clements Center for Southwest Studies de la Universidad Metodista del Sur (SMU), en colaboración con el Instituto Mora de la Ciudad de México, realizará un foro público sobre la historia de la violencia en la frontera México-Estados Unidos. El evento tendrá lugar el sábado 16 de abril a las 2:30 pm, en el Latino Cultural Center en Dallas, Texas.

Reuniendo académicos y periodistas de México, Estados Unidos, y la Gran Bretaña, este foro internacional se centrará en la larga evolución de la violencia a lo largo de la frontera México-E. U., desde inicios del siglo XIX hasta las recientes guerras del narco. El foro presentará una serie de mesas redondas abocadas a discutir el problema de la violencia en la frontera y sus cambios a través del tiempo. Habrá espacio para preguntas y participación por parte del público.

“Debido a las modernas guerras del narco, hoy en día la frontera tiene una reputación persistente como escenario de violencia brutal,” señala Andrew J. Torget, profesor de historia de la Universidad del Norte de Texas (UNT), y uno de los organizadores del evento. “Pero la gente tiende a olvidar que el fenómeno de la violencia en la frontera ha cambiado dramáticamente en los últimos dos siglos, y que no hay nada de inevitable en la situación que se vive el día de hoy. Este evento público abordará los antecedentes históricos del contexto moderno, mientras discutimos cómo la violencia fronteriza ha evolucionado a través del tiempo.”

Las discusiones incluirán los experimentados periodistas del Dallas Morning News Alfredo Corchado, autor de Midnight in Mexico (Medianoche en México) y Dianne Solís, Periodista del Año 2006 de la Association of Hispanic Journalists; y Ioan Grillo, autor de El Narco, y Gangster Warlords, y cuyo trabajo periodístico sobre la violencia en la frontera ha sido publicado por el New York Times, la revista Time, y el Houston Chronicle.

Se contará también con la presencia de reconocidos historiadores y académicos: Alberto Barrera Enderle (Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon), Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez (Texas State University), Miguel Gonzalez Quiroga (Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon), Marcela Terrazas (Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas - UNAM), Alice Baumgartner (Yale University), Timothy Bowman (West Texas A & M), Lance Blyth (NORAD - US Northern Command), Brandon Morgan (Central New Mexico Community College), J. Gabriel Martinez-Serna (Universidad Iberoamericana Saltillo), Sonia Hernandez (Texas A & M University), William Carrigan (Rowan University), Clive Webb (University of Sussex), Alan Knight (Oxford University), Elaine Carey (St. Johns University), Jose Carlos Cisneros Guzman (Universidad TecMilenio), Alejandra Diaz (University of Essex), Gerardo Gurza (Instituto Mora), y Santiago Ivan Guerra (Colorado College).

March 14, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, in partnership with the Instituto Mora of Mexico City, will host a public forum on the history of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas.

Bringing together scholars and journalists from Mexico, the United States and Great Britain, the international forum will focus on the long evolution of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, from the early 1800s through the modern drug wars. The forum will feature a series of panel discussions centered the evolution of violence along the border. Questions and interactions with the audience will be encouraged.

“Because of the modern drug wars, the border today has an enduring reputation as a site of brutal violence,” notes Andrew J. Torget, a professor of history at the University of North Texas and one of the organizers of the event. “But what people tend to forget is that border violence has changed dramatically during the past two centuries, and there is nothing inevitable about today’s situation. This public event will present historical background for the modern situation, as we discuss how border violence has evolved over time.”

Panel discussions will include seasoned Dallas Morning News journalists Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico (Penguin Books, 2013) and Dianne Solís, National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ 2006 Journalist of the Year; and Ioan Grillo, author of El Narco (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Gangster Warlord (Bloomsbury, 2016). Grillo’s work on violence and the border have appeared in the New York Times, Time magazine, and the Houston Chronicle.

Joining them will be noted historians and scholars Alan Knight, Oxford University; Marcela Terrazas, Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas – UNAM; J. Gabriel Martinez-Serna, Universidad Iberoamericana Saltillo; Gerardo Gurza, Instituto Mora of Mexico City; Sonia Hernandez, Texas A&M University; William Carrigan, Rowan University; Clive Webb, University of Sussex; Elaine Carey, St. Johns University; and Miguel Gonzalez Quiroga, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon.  Also participating are Alberto Barrera Enderle, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon; Alice Baumgartner, Yale University; Timothy Bowman, West Texas A&M; Lance Blyth, NORAD - US Northern Command; Jose Carlos Cisneros Guzman, Universidad TecMilenio; Alejandra Diaz, University of Essex; Santiago Ivan Guerra, Colorado College;  Brandon Morgan, Central New Mexico Community College; and Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, Texas State University.

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited so reservations are requested at https://violenceintheborderlands.eventbrite.com

For more information: click here.

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