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University of Texas, El Paso (El Paso, TX 79968-8900)
Sandra Ivanna Garabano (Project Director: July 2013 to May 2016)

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Education Programs

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$89,361 (approved)
$68,760 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015

Border Securities and the Humanities

A two-year program of curriculum enhancement using personal narratives, folktales, fiction, and scholarship to develop faculty perspectives on border security

Enhancing the Curriculum in Two Master of Art Programs is a Fellows Program that aims to increase the impact of the humanities in the conversation about border security. While border security has been at the center of public debates and has received the attention of scholarship in the social sciences, there is ample body of work on cultural understanding, language proficiency and the appreciation of different cultures that might deepen the conversation. This project proposes to study the experience of living and crossing the US. Mexico border as portrayed in fiction, personal narratives, folktales and anecdotes to contribute a renewed perspective on security that has been absent from national media and political discourses. Engaging the humanities in topics such as border security will probe the scope and reach of its various disciplines in addressing the contemporary problems of an increasingly interconnected world. The Program will begin January 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2014.