Binational Encuentro: Community Roundtables


    “The roundtables will consist of collaborating artists, community leaders, and scholars who will engage in dialogue about gendered border politics. The roundtable format encourages discussions of complex and contradictory issues from a variety of disciplines.

    9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Facilitator: Bill Simmons (Director, UA Graduate Programs in Human Rights Practice)
    Ana Martínez (Independent Scholar)
    Teré Fowler-Chapman (Author and Educator)
    Violeta Luna (Performance Artist)
    Trayce Peterson (Co-Founder, SplitSeed Productions)
    Alisha Maria Vasquez (Faculty, Border Cultures Program, Pima Community College)
    Marge Pellegrino (Author and Former Director, Owl & Panther)
    Michèle Ceballos Michot (Dancer and Performance Artist)
    Megan Cox (Movement Therapist and Performance Artist)

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Facilitator: Eithne Luibheid (Faculty, Gender and Women’s Studies)
    Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith (Co- Director, UA Binational Migration Institute)
    Leilani Clark (Spoken Word Artist and Community Organizer)
    Niña Yhared (Performance Artist)
    Mary Stephens (ASU Performance in the Borderlands)
    Kristen S Valencia (Faculty, History, Pima Community College)
    Isabel García (Co-Chair, Coalición de Derechos Humanos)
    Colin Deeds (Faculty, Assistant Director, Center for Latin American Studies)
    Casandra Hernández (Executive Director, CALA Alliance)

    1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Facilitator: Michelle Téllez (Faculty, UA Mexican American Studies)
    Kaitlin Murphy (Faculty, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
    Gabriela Muñoz (Artist Program Manager, AZ Commissions on the Arts)
    Maleena Velez (Artist and DJ)
    Heather Gray (Visual and Performance Artist)
    Francisca James Hernández (Department Head, Ethnic, Gender and Transborder Studies, Pima Community College)
    Nayla Altamirano (Performance Artist)
    Sadie Shaw (Performance Artist)

    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
    Facilitator: Ana Cornide (Faculty, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
    Gabriela Muñoz (Artist Program Manager, AZ Commissions on the Arts)
    Guadalupe Morán (Promotora, Coalición de Derechos Humanos)
    María Eugenia Carrasco (Promotora, Coalición de Derechos Humanos)
    Marla Pacheco (Staff, Coalición de Derechos Humanos)
    Lorena O Quiyono (Performance Artist)
    Natalie Brewster Nguyen (Performance Artist)
    Sarah Gonzales (Artist and Co-Director, Spoken Futures)”
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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