The Borderlands as a Political and Religious Reality

Date(s) - 09/07/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


The Borderlands as a Political and Religious Reality
Thirteenth Jean and Parker Wilson Seminar
Saturday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Francisco Lozada, Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church Studies, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
Irasema Coronado, Kruszewski Family Endowed Professor of Political Science, University of Texas, El Paso, TX

The borderlands seminar offers the opportunity to confront conventional interpretations of Christianity, cross-border cooperation, environmental issues, and the social movement of people and the response by civil society, especially religious organizations, to ameliorate human suffering. This seminar discusses the historical antecedents of how the U.S.- Mexico border evolved, including the original inhabitants of the region, the making of the Spanish Borderlands, the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the creation of the political boundary that is now the border. An overview of the program put in place in World War II to address the labor shortage in the U.S. lays the foundation for understanding the current economic, social, cultural, and political situation. A discussion of globalization and its impact on the U.S.-Mexico border and the subsequent Maquiladora program will shed light on the interdependent nature of the two countries’ economies. The day concludes by considering the implications of borderlands on our understanding of Christianity.

Francisco Lozada, Jr., Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church Studies at Brite Divinity School where he also directs both the Latina/o Church Studies Program and the Borderlands Institute. He holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. He is former co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, and co-chair of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation (SBL). His most recent publications include: Toward a Latino/a Biblical Interpretation (Resources for the Biblical Study 91) and Latino/a Biblical Hermeneutics: Problematic, Objectives, and Strategies (Co-edited with Fernando F. Segovia).

Irasema Coronado is the Kruszewski Family Endowed Professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso where she has also served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and associate provost. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Florida and an MA in Latin American Studies and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Dr. Coronado has served on the Environmental Protection Agency Good Neighbor Environmental Board, the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. EPA, and the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in North America. Currently, she serves on the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and the Department of Human Health Services’ National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council. Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the Top 100 Influential Hispanics in the US. She is co-author of Fronteras No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Políticas: Latina Public Officials in Texas. She co-edited Digame! Policy and Politics on the Texas Border and Juntos Pero No Revueltos: Estudios sobre la frontera Texas-Chihuahua.