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Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers


2017 Festival of Ideas: Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers

The Festival of Ideas Global Institute presented Borders, Boundaries, and Barriers: Expansive Thinking and Global Solutions on February 3, 2017. This day-long thought-provoking event was a forum for scholars and students alike to examine the impact immigration has on people, ideas, and actions in the US.

The dynamic line-up of speakers generated lively discussion and expanded the audience’s perspectives about the ripple effects of immigration.



Borders Panel
Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical
Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical
Borders attendees
Borders attendees
Borders attendees
Borders attendees


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The entire program was recorded live and can be viewed by segment.

Controlling Immigration: Current Debates in Historical Perspective

Moderator: Kenyon Zimmer (UTA)


  • Avi Chomsky (Salem State University)
  • Wayne Cornelius (UCSD)

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From Reform to Abolition: Activist Perspectives on Immigration Control

Moderator: Joshua Hatton (Texas State Employees Union - CWA Local 6186)


  • Roberto Corona (Human Rights Advocate and Educator, Pueblo Sin Fronteras)
  • Brianna Brown (Deputy Director of Texas Organizing Project)

Troupers: A Vaudeville Musical

UTA Theatre Arts

Digital Photo Exhibit - The Modern Frontier

Dominic Bracco (National Geographic Photographer)


Forensic Identification of Deceased International Migrants at the US/Mexico Border

Lori Baker (Baylor University)

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This forum was part of the Festival of Ideas Research Institute sponsored by UTA alumnus Mustaque Ahmed and the College of Liberal Arts.

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