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Cross-Border Citizens


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Border zones can be sites of civic and artistic creativity from which new and more inclusive imaginaries of regional co-existence can emerge. This talk explores the idea of a “cross-border citizen” whose sense of belonging is oriented by the shifting challenges, opportunities, interests and aspirations negotiated among diverse people who share contested space. Cruz and Forman founded the UCSD / Blum Cross-Border Initiative, a platform for engaged research and teaching on poverty and social equity in the border region.

Co-sponsored by the Richard Blum Center for Developing Economies/Global Affairs, UC Davis, the Mellon Initiative in Comparative Border Studies at UC Davis, and the Manetti Shrem Museum.

Photo by Katrina Ohstrom