Speaker series focuses on water, health issues, women’s history

Mary Alice Scott

Janet Perez

NMSU

The fall speaker series for the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University is under way and is focusing on water resources, the health issues of families of undocumented immigrants and Argentine history.

“The experts in the speaker series allow us to expose students, faculty and the community to the many issues that affect the border region, Mexico and the rest of Latin America,” said Iñigo Garcí­a-Bryce, director of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.

On Oct. 26, NMSU visiting scholar in residence, Luzma Fabiola Nava, will discuss integrated water resources management for the Rio Grande watershed. In particular, she will focus on sustainable development and water resources management along the U.S.-Mexican border.

On Nov. 2, Mary Alice Scott, an assistant professor of anthropology at NMSU, will look at the health issues facing family members of undocumented Mexican trans-migrants who remain in Mexico. Scott will illustrate how immigration laws and the sputtering U.S. economy are creating health problems that extend beyond the border into Mexico and the families that rely on their relatives working in the U.S.

The last presentation in the series takes place Nov. 16. Sandra McGee Deutsch, a professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso, will talk about a little-known chapter in Argentine history. From the late 1800s to the 1940s, many people believed that a majority of prostitutes in Argentina were Eastern European Jews. Deutsch will discuss efforts by Jewish parents and organizations to police these women.

The Center for Latin American and Border Studies was created at NMSU in 1979. The center’s mission is to promote excellence in teaching, research and community outreach on issues concerning Latin America, the U.S.-Mexico border and border studies in general.

All lectures for the fall speaker series take place at 4 p.m. at Nason House on the NMSU campus. The events are free to the public. Fore more information, call 575-646-6814.

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