Times Live: Perspectives on the border
At a time when the US-Mexico border is under a political microscope, the El Paso Times is working to engage members of the region from various backgrounds to have frank discussions about the relationship between the El Paso and Juárez communities.
As part of an ongoing series, the El Paso Times, in partnership with UTEP, will host a public conversation on June 7 with Alfredo Corchado, the Mexico Border correspondent for Dallas Morning News; Kerry Doyle, director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts; and Benjamin Alire Saenz, one of El Paso's most celebrated authors.
The three El Pasoans have a unique perspective on the border region and El Paso's relationship with Juárez.
Corchado, an El Paso native, has completed his second book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration. The book will launch June 5 and follows his first work, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness. He has reported on the reach of Mexican drug cartels into the United States, the plight of Mexican and Central American immigrants in the U.S. and government corruption on both sides of the border.
As director of the Rubin Center, Doyle specializes in projects that have a special focus on the border as subject and site. The Rubin Center serves as a laboratory for emerging artists and innovative practitioners from across the globe.
Saenz is an artist, poet, and a writer of fiction and children’s books. His work centers around the border of El Paso/Juarez, which he calls the most interesting city in America. His work has won him wide acclaim and an international audience. He has authored ten novels and two collections of short stories, the latest of which—Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club—won the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2013. He is the first Latino to have won the award. His acclaimed Young Adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe has been translated into 21 languages and won multiple awards. He is currently working on the sequel.
The discussion will be moderated by Times Editor Zahira Torres.
The Times Live event is part of a series of conversations, sponsored by the El Paso Times and UTEP, that will explore key issues important to our border city, including education, politics, government and growth.
The event is free and open to the public.
When: Join us at 5:30 for cocktails (cash bar) and light snacks, followed by the conversation at 6 p.m. on June 7.
Where: Union Cinema, Union Building East, 1st floor. Cocktails and light snacks will be located on the second floor of Union Building. Free parking will be available in the Sun Bowl Garage.
Please RSVP below by Monday, June 4 or by calling 915-546-6155.
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