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Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry

Welcome to the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry! We are a physical and intellectual home for the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Arizona. Our programs support faculty and students' artistic and scholarly endeavors, addressing some of society's grand challenges. We value forward-thinking, creativity, and research through proliferating networks of collaboration and creative synergies. learn more

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Fronteridades

Fronteridades: Nurturing Collaborative Intersections in the U.S-Mexico Border aims to bridge disciplines, sectors, and communities to deepen our understanding of the U.S-Mexico border and diversify the perspectives and narratives that shape this region.

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The Fronteridades Lectures Series program brings a cohort of emerging and established border scholars with interdisciplinary, theoretical expertise to understand transborder dynamics from multiple locations better.

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Fronteridades Lecture Series Nov 20
Dr. Diana Montaño

Electrifying Mexico: Post-Revolution, Technology and the Transformation of Daily Life

Electrifying Mexico:...

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Join us for the Fronteridades Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Diana Montaño, who will present her multi-award-winning book, “Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City.”

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Fronteridades Lecture Series: Stories of Migration Thursday March 30, 5:30 PM
Dr. Irasema Coronado

Stories of Migration: Dr. Irasema Coronado

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The panel discussion spoke on the crafting and stories of migrant and refugee children, children of deportees, their experiences, the legislation and policies that affect them, and the cultural and literary production on them.

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Maria Hinojosa

An evening with Maria Hinojosa: Crossing Borders and Building Futures

An evening with Maria...

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In this lecture, Hinojosa speaks on the need for representation in the media, sharing her personal experience as a pioneering Latina reporter and discussing her recent book Once I Was You.

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Dr. Rosanna Reguillo

Lecture Series with Dr. Rosanna Reguillo

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Dr. Rosanna Reguillo is joining us virtually from ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, where she will be giving a lecture titled, De la Narcomaquina a la Necromaquina: reflexiones y propuestas.

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Dr. Maria Socorro Tabuenca

Fronteras Fisicas Y Metaforicas: Del Cruce Cotidiano Al Academico with Dr. Maria Socorro Tabuenca

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Dr. María Socorro Tabuenca, a Professor of Spanish and former chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Texas, El Paso spoke on her work which elaborates on how the borderlands have inspired, encouraged, and impacted her personal and academic life. Watch follow-up conversation with Dr. Tabuenca and Dr. Norma Elia Cantu here.

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Dr. Sonia Robles

Transborder Community Radio, in collaboration with KXCI Community Radio

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Professors from the University of Delaware and Arizona State University discussed the history and impact of community radio on the border during a virtual lecture series.

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Dr. Norma Elia Cantú

Del Otro Lado: Narratives of (Dis)Placement with Dr. Norma Elia Cantú

Del Otro Lado: Narratives...

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Join us from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, to explore the narratives of those who arrive daily at the border, including her own story. Her lecture features a braided essay weaving poetry, history, and folklore into a cohesive metanarrative.

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The Vaivenes and Migrations of Black Latinidad Lorgia Garcia Pena.
Dr. Lorgia García Peña

Translating Blackness: The Vaivenes and Migrations of Black Latinidad

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Professor at Princeton University and author of The Borders of Dominicanidadwill be giving a virtual talk and discussion of Black Latinidad as an epistemology, as a way of understanding and producing knowledge from the site off unbelonging from “the unfinished project of emancipation.”

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PandemiDiarios

The term pandemidiarios comes from blending “pandemic” and “diarios” (diaries). Diarios are where the stories of ourselves are written. They are where we express our frustrations, hopes, and visions for the future. For some, it is a therapeutic process, and for others a way to capture the moment or keep a record of day-to-day life.



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Show & Tell is an interdisciplinary multimedia presentation series, hosted in partnership with Petroglyphs Tucson.


This fun, informal space allows scholars, artists, performers and community members to share innovative work and creative new ideas. These participatory events are open to the public and always free.

Spring 2024 SHOW & TELL EVENTS

Show & Tell - Scholars, Mariachis y Fronteras: Confluencenter’s End of the Year Celebration

May 02, 2024


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Scholars, Mariachis y Fronteras: Confluencenter’s End of the Year Celebration

Speakers:

  • Adolfo Estrado, Ph.D. Fine Arts Musicology, Texas Tech University, UNM inclusive Excellence Post-Doctoral and Visiting Scholar fellow
  • Dora Rodríguez, Immigrant Rights Advocate, Salvavision
  • Richard A. Carranza, Chief of Strategy and Global Development, IXL Learning, CEO, Carranza Educational Consulting, LLC

Moderator: Chantal Ralls

Join us in celebrating the work of our Fronteridades fellow and interns as part of the 2024 Tucson International Mariachi Conference.

Join us Tuesday, May 2, 2024, 5:00-8:00 PM!

Doors open 4:30 PM

Sosa Carrillo House

151 S Granada Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry - Fronteridades Show & Tell "Local Perspectives on Migration: A Conversation"

Febuary 20, 2024


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Speakers:

  • Isabel Garcia, Director, Coalición de Derechos Humanos
  • Dora Rodríguez, Immigrant Rights Advocate, Salvavision
  • Robin Reineke, Assistant Research Social Scientist, UArizona Southwest Center
  • David Taylor, Professor, UArizona School of Art

Moderator: Maritza Cárdenas, Confluencenter Acting Director

Confluencenter acting director Maritza Cárdenas will lead a panel of experts to discuss their standpoints on migration at the US-Mexico border. The experts include human rights advocates Isabel García from Coalición de Derechos Humanos and Dora Rodríguez from Salvavision, as well as academics Robin Reineke and David Taylor from the University of Arizona. Through stories, research, and creative practices, the conversation aims to advocate and elevate historically overlooked voices to form a more inclusive, accurate, and just portrayal of the communities on the U.S.-Mexico border. There will be a Q&A section, and attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and keep the conversation going with the panelists at the end of the session. Fronteridades is a project led by the Confluencenter and sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.

Confluencenter will be collecting monetary donations on behalf of Derechos Humanos and Salvavison. Join us in making a positive impact: Every contribution helps!

Explore Past Show & Tell Events

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Show & Tell 2023

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Show & Tell 2022

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Show & Tell 2021

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Show & Tell 2020

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Show & Tell 2019

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Show & Tell 2018

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Show & Tell 2016

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Show & Tell 2014

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Show & Tell 2013

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