“One Human Heart”: William Wordsworth, Poetry, and Place on the Border

Man is dear to man; the poorest poor
Long for some moments in a weary life
When they can know and feel that they have been
Themselves, the fathers and the dealers-out
Of some small blessings; have been kind to such
As needed kindness, for this single cause,
That we have all of us one human heart.

--William Wordsworth, “The Old Cumberland Beggar”

Opening Our Eyes to Indigenous Culture

Often as a community we forget about the origins of the land we live in and, in some cases, where we come from. The El Paso region is an area full of different Indigenous communities that we tend to ignore. Some reasons for this include: not having Indigenous recognition from the government, fear, or other similar reasons. It is frightening how many of us do not have a general understanding of who the Indigenous community are and how they live, especially considering they lived here before us.

Music As an Integral Part of the Humanities

Though we sometimes forget, the study of music is always intertwined with the study of the humanities.  As a part of the Humanities Collaborative between EPCC and UTEP through the Mellon Foundation, the EPCC Music Department invited several faculty from the University of Texas at El Paso to give masterclasses and lectures.

Finding Futures for the Humanities across the Nation

The humanities rely on interaction and the exchange of ideas, and so do humanities programs.  With this in mind, ten graduate students and faculty members from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and El Paso Community College (EPCC) spent two packed and exciting days at the conference on “Community Colleges and the Future of the Humanities” at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan and LaGuardia Community College in Queens on October 18 and 19, 2018. 

Research, the Humanities, and Keeping Things Straight

One of the most under-appreciated problems encountered by humanities students is the sometimes-overwhelming nature of research.  However, as an undergraduate, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a researcher under the SURPASS COURI and MERITUS COURI.  COURI (Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives) is a great opportunity for undergraduates at The University of Texas at El Paso to gain experience in their chosen academic fields.