CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 6, 2002
Crossing Borders Convocation March 7-9 focuses on globalization, spaces
The University of Iowa Crossing Borders Project invites the public to the
third Crossing Borders Convocation on the UI campus Thursday, March 7 through
Saturday, March 9. The focus of the convocation is on panels, lectures and
films that explore the topic of "Globalization and/or Spaces of Hope."
All events are scheduled to take place in the International Center Lounge
on the UI campus except for the film screenings, which will take place in
the UI Becker Communications Studies Building (BCSB) 101.
The convocation, which is open to the public, represents much of the work
by UI students and faculty during the third year of a three-year Ford Foundation
grant of $350,000 given in 1999 to revitalize area and international studies
during a time of accelerating globalization. The convocation is supported
by University of Iowa International Programs and The Ford Foundation.
Mixed panels of younger and established scholars, many returning from recent
research in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, will explore new demands
being made on local life and individual coherence in a time of intensified
globalization, according to Paul Greenough, Crossing Borders Project director
and UI history professor.
"The phrase 'spaces of hope' comes from David Harvey's book (2000)
of the same title, in which he examines the possibilities for social and economic
justice under conditions of 'late modernity,'" says Greenough. "Our
aim is to initiate a thoughtful discussion of the difficulties that individual
actors, communities and whole nations face in creating conditions of general
welfare. There are many possible ways to approach this theme, and every discipline
will have its own methods and tactics. For those presenters whose work lies
in an earlier historical era, they will include examples of 'hope' that emerged
within antecedent widespread distress."
Claire Fox, UI English professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
will give the keynote address Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m.-noon in the
International Center Lounge, discussing "The End of A Book and the Future
of Border Studies." Fox joined the UI English department in 2001. Her
teaching and research interests include inter-American cultural studies, Mexican
and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual cultural studies, and cultural
policy studies. She is the author of "The Fence and the River: Culture
and Politics at the U.S.-Mexican Border (U of Minnesota Press 1999), and her
essays have appeared in many different publications. She is currently working
on a book about hemispheric cultural policy and art criticism during the Cold
Also on Saturday, from 8:45-10:45 a.m., the International Forum for U.S.
Studies (IFUSS) will host an IFUSS panel presentation, entitled, "American
Studies Outside the United States: A Form of Globalization?"
The Crossing Borders Program is substantially supported by the UI Graduate
College, International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For more information, a complete schedule of events or for those who need
special accommodations to attend this convocation, contact Blythe Burkhardt
at International Programs, (319) 335-1436. The Crossing Borders web site can
be accessed at http://www.uiowa.edu/~intl/ACAD/crossing_borders/
Crossing Borders is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists
of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research
projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for
International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the
campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.