Community Interactive: Stories from the Border




    Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona present Community Interactive: Stories from the Border, a live interactive event featuring a panel of respected and accomplished journalists from Mexico and the U.S.

    Event is Free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite: 9/1 for AZPM Members, 9/8 for General Admission

    “Media coverage about the U.S. – Mexico border frequently projects a picture of violence and despair; however, a long history of cross-cultural cooperation and influence has resulted in a region with a unique culture, sense of place and strong economic growth.

    Each panelist’s history of living near and reporting about the border will provide stories and perspectives from both sides, and insight into the following topics:

    • U.S.-Mexico trade relations and the influence of politics and public policy on cross-border economics
    • Current trade initiatives between Arizona and Mexico
    • U.S. presidential candidates’ positions on border and immigration issues and the impact of those positions on business decisions, trade and border life
    • Political and cultural perceptions south of border vs. north of border

    Community Interactive: Stories from the Border will be streamed live on The full program will also be available online after the event and will be broadcast on AZPM’sWORLD and UA Channel. Excerpts of the discussion will be broadcast on PBS 6 and NPR 89.1.

    About the program:
    Community Interactive is a series of engaging and informative live events addressing issues Southern Arizonans face, including poverty, the border, education and the arts. Produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, each event is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity to participate in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to these pressing issues.About the presenting organizations: 
    Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is a member-supported, non-profit public media organization that serves all of Southern Arizona with six public television channels and three radio services. AZPM has received 29 individual Emmy® Awards (Rocky Mountain Chapter) in the past two years, including the 2015 Overall Station Excellence Award. This coveted honor is awarded for an organization’s overall portfolio, including locally produced programs, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization, and involvement in the community. AZPM is an operating unit of the University of Arizona and is provided as a community service and educational resource since its inception in 1959. Located on the University of Arizona campus, AZPM maintains editorial independence from the University. More information about AZPM can be found at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) was created to help connect donors to the causes they care about by serving as a vital link between philanthropy and the community’s needs. CFSA’s impact is a collective one, with funds being held by individuals, families, and businesses with unique interests, ideas, and passions for making our region a better place. Like Southern Arizona itself, CFSA’s funds are diverse. Our collective work touches every aspect of daily life, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services, and so much more. For more information, visit”
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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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