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FYS: Unsilencing the Past: Stories from the Borderlands: Welcome




A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.

 -Gloria Anzaldúa

… any historical narrative is a bundle of silences.

 -Michel-Rolph Trouillot

The silence of history leads to power; the silence of memory creates culture.

-Richard R. Flores

Whose histories are told? Whose are forgotten or erased, and why? In this seminar we will unsilence the past—that is, explore and even uncover histories that are not typically represented in mainstream historical narratives or your high school history classes. Our focus is the lives of individuals in the U.S.-Mexico Border region. Using archives such as those from Southwestern’s Latina History Project, students will explore topics including immigration, curanderismo (Mexican folk healing), social movements, spiritual activism, and Chicana feminism, seeking to uncover some lesser-known stories of the past in order to more fully understand social life in the present.

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Digital Archives

Chicano Por Mi Raza :  Welcome to the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective - a hybrid archive, museum, and digital curriculum organized around capturing important Chicana and Latina voices from the long Civil Rights Era. -- website

VOCES Oral History Project :  The Voces Oral History Project documents and creates a better awareness of the contributions of U.S. Latinos and Latinas of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations. The project was created in 1999 by UT journalism professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and initially focused solely on the WWII generation. --website

The Latina History Project : Welcome to the Latina History Project (LHP) at Southwestern University! Co-directed by faculty members Dr. Brenda Sendejo (Anthropology) and Dr. Alison Kafer (Feminist Studies) the LHP is a faculty-student research project that aims to enhance undergraduate education and provide resources on Latina/o and Chicana/o history in the Central Texas region. -- Website





Dr. Norma E. Cantú, Professor of Latino Studies at Trinity University

Latina History Project

"Southwestern's Latina History Project provides context through connections.