CSUSM Fall Library Exhibit and Panel Discussion Explores Mexico-U.S. Border


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Photograph of U.S.-Mexico border taken by CSUSM Professor Kendra Rivera

The above photograph of the Mexico – U.S. border near El Centro by CSUSM Communication Professor Kendra Rivera is one of the images on display at this fall’s new CSUSM Library Exhibit titled, “More than a Fence: (de)Constructing Mexico/U.S. Borders” from Sept. 18 to Dec. 18.

The exhibit is a multi-media installation of photography, sculpture and texts that explore the symbolic and experienced impact of the Mexico-U.S. border. Created through a collaboration of CSUSM professors, students and community artists, the works of art have been created to engage the audience by questioning the meanings of the borderlands and immigration.

A panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 240. Moderated by CSUSM Professor Aníbal Yáñez-Chávez, this panel discussion will feature a broad range of perspectives, experiences and research related to the Mexico-U.S. border including the border fence, immigration and legislation, the role of media and political activism and more. Panelists include: Dr. Michelle Holling, communication professor; Dr. Arcela Nunez-Alvarez, research director of the National Latino Research Center; Claudia Smith, California Rural Legal Assistance; a U.S. Border Patrol agent and a DREAM Act student.

This exhibit was made possible by CSUSM's College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) Faculty Development Grant; the Departments of anthropology, communication, liberal studies and philosophy; the CSUSM Social Justice and Equity Project; an Instructionally Related Activities grant; Marilyn Huerta, CSUSM community arts liaison and Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.

To RSVP for the open reception or panel discussion, request parking information or for any special accommodations, contact Outreach Librarian Melanie Chu at: context@csusm.edu or 760.750.4378. For more information, visit: https://biblio.csusm.edu/site/fall-2013-exhibit

What: CSUSM Fall Library Exhibit, titled More than a Fence: (de)Constructing Mexico/U.S. Borders

When: Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Dec. 18. An opening reception and will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Kellogg Library Reading Room. A panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 240.

Where: Kellogg Library at California State University San Marcos, located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road. The exhibit area is on the third floor and is free and open during all library hours. Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit in any general parking lot utilizing the daily permit machines. 

 About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.