The History, Meaning, and Racial Evolution of Mothers

My first year at the Humanities Collaborative at EPCC-UTEP has been dedicated to shedding light on the population of student parents. I have particularly focused on the history of motherhood and its historical development, and how a bad mother and good mother have been divided between race, supported by the work of Jillian Watson, a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.

A Conversation with Donna Snyder: An Advocate and Speaker for the Unseen

On March 2, I interviewed Donna Snyder, founder, and coordinator for The Tumblewords Project, a project in its twenty-seventh year of free community writing workshops in El Paso, Texas.  On November 20 and December 4, 2021, I helped facilitate two workshops for her with Faculty Fellow Honora Spicer and a team of six University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) students pursuing a Community-Engaged Scholarship project within Professor Naomi Fertman’s Women and Gender Studies class.

Exploring History at El Paso's Burges House

Sarah Lord
This year will mark my third working with the Humanities Collaborative at EPCC-UTEP. So far it has provided me the opportunity to be a part of a diverse variety of projects from teaching fifth graders how to explore poetry through the works of William Wordsworth to lending a hand in the development of a database that will aid those researching paratextual verse from English texts published before 1700.

The Humanities and the Rhetorical: Being a Professional Human in a Border Writing Studies Program

The Humanities and My Rhetorical Situation
Here is a story that might sound familiar to many of you: As a student pursuing a career in the arts and humanities, I began a journey that did not start with me pushing myself to achieve the goal of becoming a professional writer. Rather, my educational choice had responded to my desire to challenge myself intellectually and, ultimately, to achieve a type of success on a very personal level.

Preserving Texts: An Experience in Archiving

Libraries are fascinating facilities for the vast wealth of literature they hold, useful for every university student regardless of major. There is always something for someone to read, be it fiction or non-fiction, public records or carefully preserved memorabilia of the past. I’ve always been someone who took these institutions for granted and never really considered all the work that goes into preserving and deciding what works should be kept.