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Immigration, Migration, Memory, and Public History
October 10, 2015

All sessions meet in Taylor-Murphy Hall, Texas State University (map)

8:00–8:50 - Registration, Continental Breakfast Mingle

8:50–9:00 - Welcome

9:00–10:15 - Heritage, Identity, Collective Memory

From Southern Plantation to Northern Lecture Hall: Selective Public Commemoration of African-American Experiences in Antebellum Colleges
Jeffrey A. Mullins, St. Cloud State University

Mexican-Americans, Immigrants, and Memory of Ballet Folklórico: Celebrating Heritage and Creating Identity Through Dance
Esther Rivera, Texas State Historical Association

Migration, Architecture, Memory: Polio and the Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation for Crippled Children
Jennifer Carpenter, Research Specialist–CCC Initiative Coordinator, Texas Parks and Wildlife

10:30–11:45 - Memory, Place, Dissonance, Oral History
Oral History and the Robstown Migrant (Farm) Labor Camp: Space, Dissonance and Public Representation
Christine Reiser Robbins, Texas A&M Univ.-Kingsville; Dr. Mark Robbins, Del Mar College

The Mother Mound: Creating a Home in the Choctaw Diaspora
Jonathan Fairchild, University of Houston

Dispossessing People and the Wilderness: Environmental Peace-building and Reconciliation in Canada’s National Parks
Desirée Valadares, University of California-Berkeley

11:45–1:15 - Keynote Presentations and Catered Lunch
When History Meets Humanity: Oral History and the New Exhibits at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, NYC
Dr. Yadira Perez Hazel
            Perez Hazel will discuss the possibilities that develop when space is created for history and humanity to co-exist. She will address the opportunities and challenges that emerge in collecting migrant narratives from Asian, Latino, and Jewish individuals who live steps from the Tenement Museum. This talk will spark lively discussion around the question, “How can public history projects impact the lives of migrants who are still building a life in the spaces where their histories are being told?”

Traspasando Fronteras con Museo Urbano: Engaging Immigrant Communities in a Transnational Narrative
Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva
     Museo Urbano is a museum of the streets. Bringing history to the community through workshops, museum exhibits, publications and cultural events, Museo Urbano believes that understanding the past helps us understand the present and envision our future. Since its inception, Museo Urbano has worked in immigrant neighborhoods in South El Paso. This talk explores several projects, including a temporary tenement museum, cultural events, and public dialogues as well as work with organizations comprised of farmworkers and women workers, which have engaged the community by listening to the stories and narratives that come from the communities.

1:15–2:30 - Nation and Borders: The Production of Immigration Narratives
Crossing the Border: Shaping the Memory of Illegal Immigration Across Texas’ Border with Mexico 1885-1917
Alisa Hartsell, Tomás Rivera Center University of Texas, San Antonio

Melting Pot Narratives: Cold War Politics in the American Museum of Immigration
Monica Pelayo, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Migration and Memory during World War II: Remembering the Latina Servicewomen of the Benito Juárez Squadron
Valerie A. Martínez, University of Texas at Austin

2:45–4:00 - Refugees, Immigration Experience, Empowerment
Engaging the Public on Refugees through Immigrant History
Marta Cieślak, Multilingual Program Coordinator, Buffalo State Community Academic Center

Gallery of Conscience with Immigrant, Refugee and At Risk Youth Communities and the Exhibition: “Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience”
Suzanne Seriff, University of Texas at Austin, and Director, Gallery of Conscience, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

We Can’t Afford History”: Dilemmas of Public History, Heritage Preservation, and Community Development in Immigrant Philadelphia
Kate Wilson, Georgia State University

4:10–5:30 - New Media, Tourism, and Transformation
Embracing New Media to Tell the Story of Volunteer Farm Workers
Chrissie Reilly, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County; Staff Historian, Headquarters, Defense Logistics Agency

The Museum: A Social Transformer
Roch Alfred Kiki, House of Heritage and Tourism, City of Porto-Novoin, Benin, and Museum of Adjarralike

Taking to the Road: The Austin Migrant Farmworkers Connection: 1942–1964
Gloria Espitia, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas

All Presenters and Attendees are invited to join together for cocktails and dinner at nearby establishments. (Information will be provided.)

Nancy Berlage, Public History Program, History Dept. Texas State University; History Department Office,  512-245-2142

Megan Blair, St. Edwards University

National Council on Public History, Public History Program, and History Department, Texas State University; Common Experience, Texas State University