Fronteridades Lecture Series

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. The Fronteridades Lecture Series builds on the 2019-2021 program to highlight the underrepresented voices of border scholars, artists, and organizers. The series fosters cross-regional dialogue and collaboration, bringing together scholars to share ideas in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. 

Fall 2023 Fronteridades Lecture Series Events

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

November 20th, 2023

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.”

Montaño's captivating book, "Electrifying Mexico," delves into the cultural and social aspects of the electrification of Mexico City from 1880 to 1960. In her work, she employs a user-centric perspective, highlighting the pivotal role of everyday individuals in the electrification narrative. This approach unveils the complex and multifaceted nature of technological diffusion, revealing it as a dynamic and contested process.

The Fronteridades Lecture Series unites emerging and established border scholars to promote cross-regional dialogue, emphasizing underrepresented voices in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It builds on the 2019-2021 program to enhance understanding of transborder dynamics. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Spring 2023 Fronteridades Lecture Series Events

Stories of Migration: Dr. Irasema Coronado

March 30th, 2023

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At this Fronteridades Lecture Series,  Dr. Irasema Coronado lead a panel discussion on her book Children Crossing Borders, Latin American Migrant Childhoods, with contributors and co-authors, Dr. Alejandra J. Josiowicz, and Marissa Bejarano-Fernbaugh.

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.

Spring 2022 Fronteridades Lecture Series Events

Meet Maria Hinojosa: Book Signing and Q&A

April 19, 2022


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An evening with Maria Hinojosa: Crossing Borders and Building Futures

April 18, 2022


UArizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry will be hosting speaker Maria Hinojosa as part of the Fronteridades Lecture Series for a lecture open to the public on representation in the media.

In this lecture Hinojosa will be speaking on the need for representation in the media, sharing her personal experience as a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, and speaking about her recent book Once I Was You.

The Fronteridades Lectures series, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, highlights the underrepresented voices of border scholars, artists, and organizers. The lecture series fosters cross-regional dialogue and collaboration and brings together scholars to share ideas in the fields of the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences.

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Lecture Series with Dr. Rosanna Reguillo

April 6, 2022


Dr. Rosanna Reguillo is joining us virtually from ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara on April 6th at 5:30 PM, where she will be giving a lecture titled, De la Narcomaquina a la Necromaquina: reflexiones y propuestas.

Learn more about her book, and watch the full lecture here.

Lecture is in Spanish, English translation will be provided.

Fall 2021 Fronteridades Lecture Series Events

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


November 29-30, 2021

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.

She reflects on how physical and metaphorical borders may define our personal pathways and can have an impact in our lives since childhood through our adulthood.

Lecture presentation will be in Spanish - English translation will be provided

Watch follow-up conversation with Dr. Tabuenca and Dr. Norma Elia Cantu here

Transborder Community Radio, in collaboration with KXCI Community Radio


November 3, 2021

Dr. Sonia Robles, assistant professor at the University of Delaware and Dr. Monica De La Torre from Arizona State University both joined us for a virtual lecture series where both discussed the history, impact, and experience in community radio on the border on Wednesday, Novemebr 3rd at 5:30 MST.

Social Media: @RoblesSonia2 @doctora_moni

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


September 20, 2021

Dr. Norma Elia Cantú is joining us from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where she will discuss and explore the narratives of the many who arrive daily at the border, including her own story. Her lecture includes a braided essay with poetry, history, and folklore intertwined into a coherent metanarrative. The lecture was held on Monday, September 27th at 5:30 pm MST.


Social Media: @normaelia

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Fall 2020 Fronteridades Lecture Series Events

Translating Blackness: The Vaivenes and Migrations of Black Latinidad – a virtual discuss with Dr. Lorgia García Peña

The Vaivenes and Migrations of Black Latinidad Lorgia Garcia Pena.

November 9, 2020

Dr. Lorgia García Peña,  Professor at Princeton University and author of The Borders of Dominicanidad will 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.” The lecture was held on November 9th, 4-5pm MST.