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THINK Imagined Regions

Friday November 1st, 2019

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

School of Transborder Studies
Interdisciplinary Building B, Room B160
1120 South Cady Mall
Tempe, Arizona 85281

THINK Imagined Regions is the reception for the permanent installation of the Imagined Regions exhibit. This exhibit features select maps from the Simon Burrow Map Collection, owned by the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

The exhibit Imagined Regions highlights the different ways the Americas have been perceived and deal with by mapmakers and it reflects the evolution of representations of space and lived territories of the United States and Mexico from the sixteenth century onwards.

Endangered Languages in the Mexico-Guatemala Border: The case of Mam spoken in Union Juárez

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Building B, Room B161-B
1120 South Cady Mall
Tempe, Arizona 85281

PTC Interdisciplinary Seminar on Transborder Studies

Lecture by Dr. Telma Angelina Can Pixabaj

With commentary by Dr. Brendan O'Connor, School of Transborder Studies

On Oct. 23, we will host our next Seminar on Transborder Studies. Co-organized with UNAM, we will hear from Dr. Telma Can Pixabaj, professor and researcher of the Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias sobre Chiapas y la Frontera Sur/UNAM.

Sonoran desert scene

Border Health Forum: Information for Action

May 16-May 17, 2019
UVM Campus - Nogales, Sonora

A forum, a space and an opportunity to celebrate the programs, research, policies and community activities strengthening the health and well-being of border communities. The goal of the forum is to promote sharing and discussion of the successes and challenges to health equity in the Arizona-Sonora border region.  The forum is sponsored by the Binational Collaboration for Healthy Communities, a network of academic institutions, community based organizations and governmental programs focused on the health and wellbeing of the Arizona-Sonora Border Region.

REIMAGINING THE US-MEXICO BORDER: A cross-border conversation

Saturday April 27, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ABS Annual Conference, Tijuana, Mexico
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte - Auditorio Guillermina Váldez

There are news headlines and opinions about the US-Mexico border every day as the economic and political conditions north and south of the international boundary shift back and forth. The participants in this roundtable will engage in a conversation about current issues and challenges facing cross-border cooperation and integration and about the future of the US-Mexico border region.



Dr. Cristina Alfaro, Provost Chair of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, San Diego State University (SDSU)



border area

The Central American Exodus: What We Know and What We Can Do About It

Friday April 26, 2019
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
ABS Annual Conference – San Diego, CA

Keynote Speaker:

Olivia Ruiz Marrujo, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Moderated by Francisco Lara Valencia, Arizona State University


Human Tragedy at the Mexico-United States Border – The View of Activists

Thursday April 25, 2019
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
ABS Annual Conference – San Diego, CA


Nicole Ramos, Refugees Director, Al Otro Lado
Enrique Morones, Director, Border Angels

Moderator by Irasema Coronado, University of Texas at El Paso


Nicole Ramos directs the Border Rights Project of Al Otro Lado. The project works with asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, who want to present themselves to U.S. authorities. The project engages in broader legislative, media, and legal advocacy efforts to challenge systemic human rights violations committed by state actors.

colloquium group photo

Third Arizona-Sonora Colloquium: Development and Innovation in the Arizona-Sonora Transborder Region

Thursday, April 4, 2019
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom A
ASU Tempe Campus

Friday, April 5, 2019
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
College Ave Commons, Devil's Oasis
ASU Tempe Campus

The Arizona-Sonora Colloquium is a half-day meeting to strengthen the partnership between Arizona and Sonora higher education institutions and reassert their commitment keep collaborating toward the innovative and sustainable transformation of the Arizona-Sonora transborder region.
4th International Colloquium on Cross-Border Human Development in North America: Restructuration, Limits and the Future of Globalization in the Crossroads of the Trump Era

4th International Colloquium on Cross-Border Human Development in North America: Restructuration, Limits and the Future of Globalization in the Crossroads of the Trump Era

April 4-5, 2019
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Posgrado de Administracion
Universidad de Sonora


Since 2009 a group of universities, research centers, and governmental organizations made it a priority to organize a series of events to analyze the question of human development in the US-Mexico border region from a transboundary perspective. Since then, important academic goals have been met by a diverse group of actors from the Sonora-Arizona border region. In 2016, the Human Development Network expanded its scope to all North America in the context of the complex and changing social structures of the region.



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Refugees, Returnees, and Rebordering: How Border Communities Respond and Adapt to Mixed Migratory Flows

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12-1 p.m.
ASU Tempe Campus - Memorial Union, Graham room 226

Interdisciplinary seminar on transborder studies
Presented by Olivia Ruiz Marrujo

Shift in U.S. policy toward refugees and immigrants during the Trump administration has created an emergency situation in cities along the US-Mexico border. In this session of the Seminar on Transborder Studies, Prof. Olivia Ruiz will talk about the exodus of Central American migrants and refugees to Tijuana, the response of citizens and institutions to the humanitarian emergency, and prospects of integration of immigrants to this transborder metropolis.

Fronteras del Siglo XXI: Dilemas de la Integración y la Gobernanza Multinivel

February 21-22, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo - CIAD
Camino a La Victoria, 83304 Hermosillo, Sonora

CIAD, COLEF, ASU, the University of Vigo, the Center for International Policy Studies (CeSPI) and the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the Università degli Studi di Torino invite participants to the Third International Seminar of the #RECFronteras "Borders of the Century XXI: Dilemmas of Multilevel Integration and Governance"

It will have an online transmission through