ASU to celebrate new School of Transborder Studies
April 27, 2011
Official launch ceremony at 11 a.m. May 11
Tempe Center for the Arts
The community is invited to a ceremony and conference May 11 to
officially launch Arizona State University's new School of
Transborder Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
"The launch represents the beginning of a strong educational
determination to bring the best minds to the development of
intellectual and technical innovation to the long standing issues and
problems of the transborder region," said Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez,
founding director of the school.
ASU President Michael Crow will be among the speakers at a launch
ceremony that is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. in the Tempe Center
for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Other speakers include
Elizabeth D. Capaldi, ASU executive vice president and provost;
Quentin Wheeler, university vice president and dean of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Lederman, dean of social sciences;
A keynote address by Jorge Durand, professor of anthropology at the
University of Guadalajara, Mexico, is planned for noon.
Also scheduled is a conference from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. titled "A
Public Conversation' Beyond the Present, Thinking the Futures of
Economy, Migration and Citizenship into the 21st Century." It is co-
sponsored by Azteca America and builds on Azteca America television
network's multi-media public service campaign "I too am America."
Armando Guzmán, Azteca America correspondent, will serve as master of
ceremonies for the conference.
School of Transborder Studies faculty members participating in the
conference include associate professor Eileen Diaz McConnell,
associate professor Lisa Magaña, professor Paul Espinosa, assistant
professor Francisco Lara Valencia and professor Vélez-Ibáñez. ASU
Senior Vice President and General Counsel José A. Cárdenas will
The School of Transborder Studies was established Sept. 1, 2010. Its
mission is to develop cutting edge transborder knowledge for and with
the populations of the U.S. Southwest-northern Mexico region, and
beyond, through socially embedded scholarship, applied research and
Within the school are 17 faculty members and several more affiliated
faculty who represent a wide range of disciplines and are organized
into three specializations:
* Transborder Migration, Health and Applied Social Policy.
* Transborder Media and Expressive Culture.
* Transborder Culture, Language and Learning.
The launch ceremony and conference are free and open to the public,
through registration is requested since seating is limited.
Registration and additional information are online at http://
sts.asu.edu or at 480-965-9051.