The La Frontera - The Border: An Interdisciplinary Examination project culminated in a conference from November 14th-16th that brought leading scholars, artists, and journalists to Chapman University, and offered space for student presentations. By engaging in multi-disciplinary examination of this topic, we hope our community came away better informed and prepared to be engaged global citizens.

Download the full conference program here.

Download the full Student Poster, Oral, Art, & Film Presentation Abstract Volume here.

Faculty and Visiting Scholars

Guest Speakers:

  • José Ángel N., author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant, 2014
  • James Frederick, leading freelance multimedia journalist on the border, based in Mexico City, regularly featured on NPR
  • Dr. Carolina Prado, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at San José State University
  • Dr. Stephen Nuño, Chair of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University and contributor to NBC Latino
  • Ronald Rael, Chair of Architecture at UC Berkeley and creator of "the border seesaw."
  • Dr. Karina V. Korostelina, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Artist Panel Speakers:

  • Tanya Aguiniga - LA-based artist and member of the Border Arts Workshop
  • Luis G. Hernandez - Artist, curator, and founder of the MexiCali Biennial
  • Tom Kiefer - Photographer and former U.S. Border Patrol custodian
  • Bovey Lee - Hong Kong-born papercut artist whose work explores the effects of migration
  • Richard Lou - Installation artist, known for his "Border Door Performance" in 1988

Chapman Faculty:

Full Conference Schedule

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Thursday, November 14th
6:15 PM

Full Conference Program

Beckman Hall, Room 404

6:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Remembrance of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Liberty Plaza

6:15 PM - 6:45 PM

7:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Francisco Cantú

Memorial Hall

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Friday, November 15th
8:00 AM

Doors Open and Coffee

Beckman Hall, Room 404

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

Panel: "Border Flows"

Georgiana Bostean, Chapman University
Rafael Luévano, Chapman University
Carolina Prado, San Jose State University

Beckman Hall, Room 404

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

10:00 AM

Talk: "The Border Now"

James Frederick, Freelance border journalist

Beckman Hall, Room 404

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

11:15 AM

Panel: "Border Artivism"

Amy Buono, Chapman University
Bovey Lee
Tom Kiefer
Richard Lou
Tanya Aguiniga
Luis G. Hernandez

Beckman Hall, Room 404

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM

Lunch & Art Exhibition Tours

Beckman Hall, Room 404

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Panel: "Borders Here, There, Everywhere"

Hilmi Ulas, Chapman University
Karina V. Korostelina, George Mason University
Prexy Nesbitt, Chapman University
Mateo Jarquin, Chapman University

Beckman Hall, Room 404

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Panel: "Law, Policy, & Philosophy"

Bas van der Vossen, Chapman University
Marisa Cianciarulo, Chapman University
Stephen Nuño, Northern Arizona University

Beckman Hall, Room 404

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

4:45 PM

Panel: "Responses to the Border"

José Ángel N.
Oscar Teran, UCI DREAM Center
Ronald Rael, University of California, Berkeley
Gabriel Thompson, San Jose State University

Beckman Hall, Room 404

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Closing Reception and Catalogue Release Party

Moulton Patio

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7:00 PM

Screening & Talk: "Role of Documentary Film in Illuminating the Border"

Argyros Forum, Room 209A

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday, November 16th
10:30 AM

Full Abstract Volume for Student Presentations and Classroom Sessions

10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Oral Session #1

Beckman Hall, Room 213

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Oral Session #2

Beckman Hall, Room 214

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Poster Presentations

Beckman Hall, Room 404

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM


Attallah Piazza

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Art Presentation

Beckman Hall, Room 404

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Oral Session #3

Beckman Hall, Room 213

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Oral Session #4

Beckman Hall, Room 214

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Film Screenings

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM