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The History of the Mexican-American Border with Dr. Pilar Herr – Virtual Lecture 1 – SOLD OUT

1848-1965: Creation, Politics, Economics, Immigration and Society

  • Time: 6–7:30pm

Accompanying the Border Cantos | Sonic Border exhibition, this virtual lecture series by Dr. Pilar M. Herr, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, examines the historical context of current issues associated with the Mexican-American Border from 1848 to the present. 

Lecture 1: 1848-1965: Creation, Politics, Economics, Immigration and Society
This virtual lecture discusses the creation of the US-Mexican Border as a result of the US-Mexican War, and the subsequent political and economic relationship between the United States and Mexico. The new border affected both displaced peoples and later immigrants as they negotiated a new government and society. This lecture also will discuss US policies on the border, including the Bracero Program of 1924 and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. To register for Lecture 2:1965-1990s: Immigration, Society, and NAFTA and Lecture 3: 2000-Present 9/11, Fences, Security, and Subsequent Border Concerns, click here.

advance registration required. Limited space available. 
To register, click here or call 1.888.718.4253.* SOLD OUT!
*The link to access this virtual event will be included on the confirmation email that you will receive after registering. To access this virtual event, you will need to click this link (or copy this link into your browser) during the date and time that the virtual event will begin.

Pilar M. Herr, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History and the coordinator for the Vira I. Heinz Program in Women in Global Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Pitt-Greensburg).  She teaches Latin American History courses as well as the History and Culture of Spain.  Besides taking and teaching students abroad in both Spain and Cuba, Dr. Herr has also taken students to conferences. As Vira I. Heinz coordinator, she oversees and mentors Vira I. Heinz recipients (up to 3 yearly) in their one-year program. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century state formation and ethnohistory in the Southern Cone, as well as digital humanities.  Dr. Herr is the author of Contested Nation: The Mapuche, Bandits, and State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Chile, and she frequently presents at conferences and attends digital humanities workshops and courses. She is currently developing a “home away” component to her History of Mexico course that will incorporate a one week stay in el Paso over Spring Break 2022 for students to experience first-hand what it means to be on the actual Mexican-American border.

Top Left Image: Richard Misrach, b. 1949, Wall, Tierra del Sol Road, Boulevard, California (detail), 2014, printed 2018, From an edition of 5, Pigment print, 60 × 80 inches, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2017.11

Support provided by Art Bridges.


  • Time: 6–7:30pm
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