Expert panel discusses rhetoric and realities of U.S.-Mexico border

April 6, 2022

APRIL 5, 2022 — Jill Fleuriet, anthropology professor and associate dean of the UTSA Honors College, will be part of a distinguished panel of guests who will discuss conflicting representations of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.

The event, which is sponsored by the college, is free and open to the public.

Fleuriet, herself a native of the border, has spent many years studying the Rio Grande Valley to deconstruct the negative associations most Americans have of the U.S.-Mexico border. In her new book, Rhetoric and Reality on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Place Politics, Home, Fleuriet offers an alternative way of thinking about a region that is so instructive for our nation.

Joining Fleuriet on the panel will be New York Times Reporter Edgar Sandoval; Juliet V. García, former president of the University of Texas at Brownsville and professor of communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Jerry Gonzalez, associate professor in the UTSA Department of History and director of the UTSA Mexico Center. They will discuss the issues addressed in the book.

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