Border Studies Archive


Announcements - Noticias


Are you an educator? Then, you will enjoy looking through our NEW page featuring place-based learning lesson plans. K-12 teachers of the RGV developed these plans through a NEH grant. Visit the page for more details! Click here or on the image to view the page.


                                                 Lesson Plans


El Retorno

Are you interested in Latino Museum Studies? The Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC)

is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Latino Museum Studies Program

that will take place from June 30th-August 1st, application deadline is April 21st.

This program provides a national forum for graduate students to share, explore and

discuss the representation and interpretation of Latino cultures in the context of

the American experience. It will also provide you with a unique opportunity to meet

and engage with Smithsonian professionals, scholars from renowned universities,

and with leaders in the museum field.

Make sure to take this opportunity and apply now!


Smithsonian Challenge


          Visit if you are interested in     

          entering your junior into the 2014 Junior Folklorist Challenge!





Are you passionate about music and civil rights? If so, this is your opportunity to engage in a presentation given by John J. Valdez, director, producer and writer of Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave, screening Monday February 24 as part of an special event hosted by the University Library at the UTPA Student Union Theater from 11:45-1pm. This video explores how musicians like Freddy Fender, Selena Quintanilla and other Texans artist went from the barrio to the national stage with their music. Come and learn about the role music played in the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement!

This will be the special event in the six week America’s Music series which the Library has been hosting on Monday nights since January 27.

If you need more information, please contact Virginia Haynie Gause at 956-665-2303, or visit


Music Special Event





Amazing opportunity! Share your opinions in regards to the future of Latino heritage and historic preservation in Texas on February 15 at The San Antonio Latino Legacy Summit.


Have you always been interested in the history of South Texas? If so, mark your calendars on January 26 because the Museum of South Texas History will be hosting a special “Legacy of the Land” Exhibit Tour with Dr. Lisa Kay Adam. During this tour, schedule to begin at 2p.m., you’ll get a chance to hear about the development of the Rio Grande Valley throughout the centuries, from the reasons of settling in the area to the changes of the landscape through time. For more information visit their website @


Tune in on KMBH 88FM tonight, Nov. 7, at 8:00p.m. to listen to a conversation between Chancellor of the UT System, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, and editor of the Rio Grande Guardian, Steve Taylor.

Conversation with UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa



Today, December 9 at 2:55 on room 248 at the ARHU building students of UTPA’s “Discovering the Rio Grande Valley” interdisciplinary class will be presenting to the extended Atwood Family their study of the family and their farm. This is the third study of a local family and their land in Edinburg, Congratulations and Best of Luck!




Enter into the BSA's Tamale Contest! More information below:

Tamale Contest



Mexican American Studies

The Mexican American Studies program has a Graduate Assistant position available for the fall/spring 2013-2014. Graduate assistantships carry with them a stipend of approximately $10,000/year. G.A's work with the MAS program 20 hours a week. Duties to be determined, and will include administrative support for the program, as well as some teaching assistance.

Please fill out and return the application with requested materials ASAP or by no later than this Sunday, August 18th by 5p.m. electronically to Dr. McMahon,






The National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is accepting applications from top students (aged 16-19) to participate in their upcoming 12th annual "Minority Youth Environmental Training Institute" to be held August 1—10, 2013 in Las Vegas, NM. Interested? Click here for more information.


StoryCorps and the Padillas



We are honored to have partnered with StoryCorps so that individuals like Saul and Diana Padilla could share their story with the world. Click on the image to read more about the Padillas and their passion for the land.

Nos sentimos honrados de habernos asociado con StoryCorps para que personas como Saúl y Diana Padilla podría compartir su historia con el mundo. Haga clic en la imagen para obtener más información sobre los Padilla y su pasión por la tierra.



LAST CHANCE! Register before 5p.m. today to experience ENG 2308.01 Introduction to Mexican American Literature. It is a Summer I course taught by Dr. Marci R. McMahon on MTWRF from 9:25am-10:55am. The course counts as a Mexican American Studies (MAS) Major or Minor elective. Two more students need to register so that the class is not canceled! Quick, support the class and MAS! Spread the word!





Click on the image to read a great article by UTPA undergradaute researcher Lupe Flores. This article, featured in Anthropology News, discusses border-crossing phenomena.


Haz clic en la imagen para leer un gran artículo escrito por Lupe FLores, estudiante de UTPA. Este articulo que fue presentado en Anthropology News discute el phenomeno de cruzar la frontera.


Join Dr. Diaz-Barriga and Dr. Dorsey at IMAS on Sunday, May 15 to experience their multi-media presentation, "The Architecture of Border Walls: Local and Global Perspectives."

Border Wall Presentation at IMAS



Looking for an interdisciplinary class to take Fall 2013? Enroll in INTS 4300.01, Discovering the Rio Grande Valley: The Natural and Cultural History of South Texas, for an experience you will never forget!


Flyer of Scot Nicol event on border walls

SAVE THE DATE! On April 25, Scott Nicol—a local artist, environmentalist and NO BORDER WALL spokesperson—will come to UTPA to speak about new border walls in the Rio Grande Valley after a film screening of Wild vs. Wall.

Capirotada Contest !

 Do you make the "Best Capirotada in the Rio Grande Valley"?

Enter our contest by November 30 to compete on December 6. 

Click here for more information or call us at 956-665-2909 to enter.



Curator Margaret Dorsey interviewed and quoted in an article on page 7 about capirotada by The Valley Catholic.

"From Porciones to Colonias: Curriculum Innovation in the Rio Grande Valley” Curriculum Development Conference

“De Porciones a Colonias: Currículo Innovación en el Valle del Río Grande” Conferencia del Desarrollo Curricular

Saturday March 23, 2013 1pm-FESTIBA Community Day-IT2 Building International Room

Sábado 23 de marzo del 2013 1pm-FESTIBA Día de la Comunidad-IT2 Building International Room


March 11, 2013 - Facilitators of a Teach for America Leadership workshop selected the Border Studies Archive to deliver a presentation designed to give the workshop participants a sense of the rich culture and history of the valley and to help them begin to understand the complexities of the region. The workshop participants all work to support the growth and leadership development of teachers in the classroom nationwide.

Marzo 11, 2013- Facilitadores del taller “Teach for America Leadership” seleccionaron el Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos para dar una presentación diseñada para darle a los participantes de el taller un sentido de la rica cultura e historia del Valle y ayudarlos a empezar a entender la complexidad de la región. Todos los participantes del taller trabajan nacionalmente para apoyar al crecimiento y el desarrollo de liderazgo de los maestros dentro de los salones.


Margaret Dorsey on Fox2 Good Day Valley


Border Studies Archive Curator Dr. Margaret Dorsey appearing on Fox2 Good Day Valley


La directora de el Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos, Dra. Margaret Dorsey, se presento en Good Day Valley, Fox 2


 More Border Studies Archive News



February 21-23, 2013  Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora!, NACCS TEJAS FOCO, University of Texas—Pan American, Edinburg, Texas. 

Febrero 21-23, 2013 Chican@Studies ¡Ahora!, NACCS TEJAS FOCO, Universidad de Tejas Pan-Americana, Edinburg, Tejas.



StoryCorps is in the Rio Grande Valley!

 Through December 20, 2012


14th Annual “El Veterano” Conjunto Festival, Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2012 at Pan Am Plaza


Deadline December 1, 2012:  Call for Proposals:  February 21-23, 2013  Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora!, Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism, NACCS TEJAS FOCO, University of Texas—Pan American, Edinburg, Texas.  Fecha limite diciembre 21, 2012: Llamadas para Propuestas: Febrero 21-23, 2013 Chican@Studies ¡Ahora!, Pedagogías Basadas en la Comunidad, Becas y Activismo, NACCS TEJAS FOCO, Universidad de Tejas Pan-Americana, Edinburg, Tejas.


Distinguished Visiting Journalists from Pakistan to speak at UTPA, October 25 @ Noon in SBS 101Periodista distinguido de visita desde Pakistán hará una presentación en UTPA, Octubre 25 a medio día en SBS 101.


 October 20, 2012...Open Farm Day...Yahweh All Natural Farm and Garden

Saul and Diana Padilla are planting their crops and expect to harvest  in November. Everyone interested in seeing the farm and how they grow their organic vegetables is invited to take the tour! 19741 Morris Road, Harlingen, Texas 78552 956-412-4916


Bertram Lyons Digitizing Workshop


Do you want an interesting, unique class for the Fall semester?  Consider taking Discovering the Rio Grande Valley, the only Interdisciplinary class at UTPA.  Register now!   ¿Deseas una clase interesante y única para el semestre de otoño? Considera tomar Descubriendo el Valle del Rio Grande, la única clase Interdisciplinaria en UTPA. ¡Regístrate ahora!



6/11-6/21/12 NEH Grant Teacher Workshop - From Porciones to Colonias: Curriculum Innovation in the Rio Grande Valley.  11/6-21/6/12 Beca NEH para Taller de Maestros- De Porciones a Colonias: Currículo Innovación en el Valle del Rio Grande.


6/10/12 Curator Margaret Dorsey’s interview for KRGV Channel 5's Inside the Valley aired on the 10:00 pm news on Channel 5 KRGV.   10/6/12  Directora Margaret Dorsey fue entrevistada en Inside the Valley, Canal 5 KRGV, transmitido en las noticias de las 10p.m en el Canal 5 KRGV.

6/3/12 Dr. Margaret Dorsey, Curator of the Border Studies Archive appeared on KRGV Channel Five's Inside the Valley.  3/6/12 Margaret Dorsey, Conservadora del Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos fue invitada al programa Dentro del Valle en KRGV,  canal cinco.


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 6th Annual Research Conference focusing on Border Studies a success!  ¡La 6ta Conferencia Anual de Investigación del Colegio de Ciencias Sociales y de Comportamiento enfocándose en Estudios Fronterizos fue un éxito!


El Retorno: “Gloria Anzaldúa’s Geographies of the Soul" Symposium at UTPA May 16, 2012 with Anzaldua Testimonios, Exhibit and Open House with the Border Studies Archive, Curator Dr. Margaret Dorsey at the Border Studies Archive at 3:00 p.m.  Simposio El Retorno: “Geografías del Alma por Gloria Anzaldúa” en UTPA 16 de mayo, 2012 con Testimonios sobre Anzaldúa, Exhibición y Recepción Abierta al Público con el Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos, Conservadora Dra. Margaret Dorsey en el Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos a las 3:00 p.m.


CHAPS is awarded a three-year $99,425 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, "Porciones to Colonias: Curriculum Innovation in the Rio Grande Valley."  A CHAPS se le otorga una beca de tres años de $99.425 departe del Donativo Nacional para las Humanidades para el proyecto, “De Porciones a Colonias: Currículo Innovación en el Valle del Rio Grande”


The Smithsonian National Museum of American History Internship ProgramEl Programa de Prácticas Profesionales del Museo Nacional Smithsonian de Historia Americana.


May 11, 2011 San Benito News UTPA curators archive Conjunto artifacts11 de mayo, 2011 Noticias de San Benito conservadoras de UTPA archivan artefactos de Conjunto.


March 29, 2011 FESTIBA continues with plays, speeches and archaeology29 de marzo, 2011 FESTIBA continúa con obras de teatro, presentaciones y arqueología.


January 10, 2011 The Border Studies Archive is UTPA's newest source for research10 de enero, 2011 El Archivo de Estudios Fronterizos es la nueva fuente de investigación en UTPA.