On the Trail of History: My Trip to the National Archives

Every semester, in the first few weeks of class, I dedicate one class period to discussing with my students the process of doing and writing history.  During this session, we discuss the different kinds of evidence historians look at to craft narratives of the past

Hispanics, Hopes, and the Humanities

“Couldn’t you find interest in a more practical field such as engineering or medicine?” My cousin was faced with this question after recently sharing with his parents that he wanted to major in sociology. This is a reality that students encounter and that can be discouraging and dispiriting to their career goals. In our Hispanic communities, choosing to major in the humanities is received with a certain degree of apprehension.

First Experiences: Teaching As a Doctoral Fellow at El Paso Community College

For several years, I was part of the El Paso, Texas, academic community during my Ph.D. studies, serving as lecturer, assistant instructor, and teaching assistant in The University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) history and philosophy departments. During this time, I had always had the interest of collaborating with fellow academics at the community college level, particularly at El Paso Community College (EPCC) as a faculty member.

Dragons in Literature and War: Part Two of an Interview with Troy Carrol Bucher

"It simply isn't an adventure worth telling if there aren't any Dragons."  -- JRR Tolkein

Our project Dragons, Heroes, Real People—Who’s Fighting the War? is a journey of discovery. How can fantasy literature, specifically dragon story, relate to real people fighting in real wars? What characters, what themes, in fantastical stories represent the everyday lives of soldiers and their families? 

Pick up a Book, & Step up to the Mic

These past few months have been so momentous that I thought now would be a perfect time to highlight some events that helped us to amplify the mission of the Humanities Collaborative at EPCC-UTEP.