Found and Chosen Families: When Languages Unite People and Make Them Feel at Home in a New Place

Welcome to the Best Border in the World

For this new round of interviews, I reached out to a valuable professor at El Paso Community College (EPCC), biology professor Roshanak Jafari, to talk about the uses she has given to her native language here in El Paso, Texas. Professor Jafari was born and raised in Iran and has been part of our border community for fifteen years.

The Time of Coronavirus: Teaching a New Course Online for the First Time

Back in January of 2020 I started teaching U.S. History 1301 for the first time, from pre-Columbian times until Reconstruction at the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Valle Verde Campus. Some peers from EPCC and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) shared ideas, experiences, and materials, so I had various resources to build my course. One of the most important pieces of advice I received was from one of my mentors at UTEP’s Borderlands History doctoral program.

(Museum) Life during a Pandemic

As the entire world undergoes a strange and scary time filled with uncertainty at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm writing this blog post to share my experiences as a student and as a community intern at The University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, touching on my personal transition from a cemented weekly routine to a drastic, do-everything-from-home version of my typical lifestyle.

Negotiating Foreign Identity on the Border

Social interaction is not only vital for the betterment of humanity; it is also an integral part of our personal understanding of the self. And, although it is hard enough at times to interact with people whom you trust and with whom you identify, interacting with people in a milieu where a multiplicity of cultures and nationalities attempt to coexist can be still more complex.

Boat Stealing and Ice Skating in the Virtual Wordsworth Archive: The Goslar Letter (1798)

One of the most instructive and exciting activities for children participating in our Wordsworth-in-the-Schools project is working with virtual and facsimile manuscripts from the Wordsworth Trust archive in Grasmere.