Field Institute in Environmental & Borderlands History

2009 NEH Summer Institute
for University and College Teachers

June 14-July 11



Preliminary Detailed Schedule and Readings

To give you a deeper sense of our Nature and History at the Nation's Edge summer institute, we have posted our preliminary daily schedule, including institute readings and recommended resources, below. This preliminary schedule is subject to change. You will soon be able to download the complete preliminary detailed schedule and readings as a .pdf file.


WEEK FOUR - University of Arizona

Sunday, 5 July
Travel back to Tucson, through the San Pedro River Valley, with a lunch stop in Tombstone.

Monday, 6 July and Tuesday, 7 July
In morning seminars, Dr. Cecilia Rosales (Public Health, UA) on U.S./Mexico Border Health Commission, Dr. Robert Varady (Udall Center, UA) on San Pedro River Basin Binational Alliance, and Dr. Diane Austin (Anthropology, UA) will discuss contemporary collaborative borderlands projects that draw upon and address the legacies of our border environmental history. In the afternoons participants will be given time to work on their own projects. We have arranged for time and space, along with skilled specialists, at several UA research facilities to help facilitate the participants’ research and technology needs: Special Collections (Veronica Reyes), Center for Creative Photography (Cass Fey), and Arizona State Museum (Diana Hadley).

Readings: Vera Norwood, “Disturbed Landscape/Disturbing Processes: Environmental History for the 21 st Century,” Pacific Historical Review 70 (February 2001): 77-89; Giovanna Di Chiro, “’Living is for Everybody:’ Border Crossings for Community, Environment and Health,” Osiris (2004): 112-29; Thomas Sheridan, “Cows, Condos and the Contested Commons: The Political Ecology of Ranching on the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands,” Human Organization (Summer 2001).

Recommended: Barbara J. Morehouse and Patricia L. Salido, “Transboundary Health Care and the Production of Space on the Arizona-Sonora Border,” in Vera Pavlakovich-Kochi, et al., eds., Challenged Borderlands: Transcending Political and Cultural Boundaries; Matthew J. Taylor, “Biomass in the Borderlands: Charcoal and Firewood Production in Sonoran Ejidos,” Journal of the Southwest 48 (2006): 63-90; Tom Barry, The Challenge of Cross-border Environmentalism: The U.S. - Mexico Case.