Common Ground on the Border

Friday - Saturday, January 12-13, 2018

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QUICK LINKS:      Period 1 Workshops (1:00 - 3:00 PM)          Period 2 Workshops (3:15 - 5:15 PM)

 

FRIDAY FIELD TRIPS
(Extra charge of $15. Not included in full event registration)

Desert Walk to Migrant Memorials
We will walk to some of the migrant trails as we feel the sand under our feet and are drenched by the warmth of the sun.  Along the way we will visit a number of memorials that have been created where migrant remains were found. Long pants, closed toe shoes, and the ability to walk a few miles is important.

Desert Water Drop
Participants will have the opportunity to accompany members of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, a humanitarian group whose mission is to provide aid to migrants whose lives may be in danger while crossing the desert. On this trip, water will be dropped in various desert locations and food provided to any found there in need. Long pants, closed toe shoes and the ability to walk a few miles is important. Limit: 6 participants

Border Excursion, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Experience the activity of El Comedor, a Jesuit-run aid station for deported migrants, walk along the border wall, and get to know the dynamics of a typical Mexican border town. This is a safe trip but a passport is needed. Ability to walk a few miles is also important. Limit: 6 participants.

Self-Guided Field Trips
(no charge, but entrance fees may apply)
Includes Tumacácori Mission and San Xavier del Bac Mission

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SATURDAY BORDER ISSUE FAIR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

FATHER SEAN CARROLL, S.J. is the Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative in Ambos Nogales. Sean has been a key participant along in the borderlands, helping develop an essential border ministry that is committed to fostering bi-national solidarity on the issue of migration between the United States and Mexico through direct assistance and accompaniment, education, research, and advocacy.

SETH M. HOLMES, PhD, MD, School of Public Health and Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology, Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, University of California Berkeley, is currently investigating social hierarchies and health disparities in the context of US-Mexico migration and the ways in which these inequalities become understood to be natural and normal. This new project addresses the ways in which political economic structures and social categories affect individual behavior and vulnerability. He is the author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States.

CHRIS RICKERD is a policy counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union's National Political Advocacy Department who does administrative and legislative advocacy on border and immigration issues. Chris is the go-to person for border communities in Washington, D.C., for his finger is always on the pulse of immigration and border policies that affect our community. He will bring us an up-to-date report from our nation's capitol.

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PERIOD 1: 1:00 - 3:00 PM (FRIDAY AND SATURDAY)

Beginning Pan Pipes
The pan pipes is an ancient world instrument that has its roots in many countries around the world. It was clearly an instrument of the regular people and not an instrument of the elite. This means that everyone can play! In this class, you will learn some of the basics as well as a few traditional songs. Come prepared to have fun. ♦ Anna Maria Vasquez

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Circular Weaving on a Hoop
Using wooden hoops, vines, or bleached sticks from the desert as our loom as well as frame, we will warp and weave free-form fiber art honoring the ancient symbol of the circle. Our thread of being traces back through many cultures here at the Arizona/Mexico border, and we will use string, yarn, roving, ribbon, leather, feathers, and other materials in our weaving to honor that heritage. This class is open to everyone—those who have never woven before as well as experienced weavers. We will use a tapestry needle to manipulate our weaving materials on our frames. There are few rules in free-form weaving which gives lots of room for personal expression. If you have small milagros, talisman, or favorite found objects you wish to incorporate, please bring them. ♦ Christie Furber

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Creating an Illustrated Journal
Whether you create personal pages, travel, or nature journals, or simply want to turn inward and find strength in these troubled times, this class focuses on capturing your world on the page using language and imagery. Express your observations and thoughts in an illustrated journal using text, collage, sketches and art. You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world…the world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way…people look at reality, then you can change it.—James Baldwin Participants should bring an open heart, a pen, and journal with sturdy unlined pages, a glue stick and preferred art supplies. ♦ Gail Frank

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Dance Workshop: Crossing the Sands Movement Workshop
Men and women of all ages and experiences are invited to participate in this workshop that combines movement, writing, and poetry. Be a part of your own authentic inquiry and insight from personal crossings both physical, emotional and spiritual. Some of the questions asked at this workshop: Where did you come from? What did you leave behind or shed? What was realized or gained? Where are you going? The use of playful movement and choreographic structures will be introduced. Dancing alone and with others will be part of this workshop. ♦ Nanette Robinson

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Songwriting Workshop: 8 Defining Moments
In this songwriting workshop, you will write lyrics and music about a moment from your journey which has helped shape who you have become. All are welcome: those who are new to songwriting and those who have experience. ♦ Diane Van Deurzen and Lisa Otey

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Southwest Music

Teodoro (Ted) Ramirez will present a talk on the American Southwest. He will discuss regional music, poetry, indigenous peoples, Mexican emigration, cowboys—and provide musical demonstrations of unique guitar styles found in the in our region. Please bring your instruments and voices, or come listen and enjoy. Everyone is welcome. ♦ Teodoro "Ted" Ramirez

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Spirit Jewelry
Body adornment can be a way of expressing our thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It can enhance our mood and self-perception. It can also help us to envision and carry out our deepest desires for our future selves. In this class, we will consider the images that have captured our imaginations in the past, as well as those that might express what we hope for that is yet to be realized. We will use copper (found in our region), enameling powders and metal forming tools to create wearable art (jewelry) that will be full of meaning for our lives. Please bring a pair of glasses for eye safety. Material fee: $20. Limit of 12 students. ♦ Rebecca McElfresh

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Writing Workshop: Writing To See What You Have To Say
Carol St. John, author, artist, teacher, and workshop facilitator, believes that if you can speak you can write. In this two-day workshop she will provide the tools and opportunities to prove this to participants. ♦ Carol St. John

 

PERIOD 2: 3:15 - 5:15 PM (FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

Borderline Journalism
Human stories are a powerful tool to raise awareness and create change. In this class, we will learn a combination of journalism techniques and storytelling skills to translate our experiences on the Border into writing that can inform and inspire others. Whether you want to write an article, an essay, a blog, a Facebook post or a letter, you can bring color and insight into your writing and make your story heard. ♦  Donna Dailey

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Cell Phone Photography
Your phone is usually with you, so how can you best use it to capture the moment? What apps should you have on your phone? How do you get the picture to your computer? What size print can you get from your phone? Can you/should you modify the picture while it is still in your phone? Topics include: taking the photo and understanding focus and exposure, HDR photography, shooting panoramas and sharing photos. Please have the following apps installed on your phone beyond the basic camera: Camera + or Camera Pro, HDR Pro, Snapseed, and Photo Transfer. (Instructor will be using an iPhone as the demonstration model. If you don’t have an iPhone, we will figure it out!). ♦  Betsy Finley

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Hand Drumming and Rhythm Exploration
Learn beginning rhythms and explore the techniques and polyrhythmic interplay of West African drumming. Come experience the joy and power of community music-making! “If you have a heartbeat, you have rhythm!” Extra drums will be available and everyone is welcome (children must be 10 or older). ♦  Matthew Marsalek

 

Intro to Mosaic
Learn basic Modern and Byzantine mosaic techniques in this course while having lots of fun. The class begins with basic mosaic design, breaking techniques and application processes. Each student will complete a stepping stone and a small work. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative work celebrating Common Ground on the Border’s traditions. Students should bring the following: small notebook, #2B pencil, eraser, apron, sectioned snack tray and an empty yogurt container, work gloves, hand lotion. Limit: 8 students. Materials fee: $40. ♦  Pablo Peregrina

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Lino Prints: Thinking About the Wall
The theme of the class will be “A Reflection on Walls,” how we visualize the walls in our lives. There are many ways to contemplate walls, which are of central importance to us living near the border. In addition, they have been a major part of political debate during past years. Walls are not only built on the borders. Just as animal life in the desert no longer moves freely because of walls, we can build up our own internal walls that prevent us from seeing our connectedness. It is with these kinds of reflections and visual images in mind that we will do linocuts and make some prints. Materials and tools will be provided. ♦  Jennifer Clarke

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Movement Building: Telling Your Story
Story is how we make sense of the world. Research and practice shows that the power of story can move and influence people to act for social change more effectively than abstract information, scientific data, or policy arguments. In this workshop we’ll learn to deploy our strongest assets—our stories, our humanity and our values—as we advocate for Common Ground on the Border. Each story-teller will be rooted in the nurturing power of their own personal story, choices they’ve made, and resonant experiences in order to keep us connected to why we have been called to finding “Common Ground on the Border” and why we are in it for the long haul. Participants will leave with resources for further exploring the ancient/modern art of storytelling. ♦ Doug Bland 

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The Search for Common Ground
The United States has always been known as a country of immigrants. You need only to turn to the revered Statue of Liberty and read the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free….” In the last several years there has been unprecedented immigration along our southern border. We will discuss the reasons that are compelling people to leave their homeland and, many times, their families. We will search for common ground as the issue of immigration has become a concern on the national and international level and yet more and more people across the world are being displaced and there needs to be a humanitarian effort. ♦ Shura Wallin 

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Singing in the Circle of Living and Dying
Since the early 1940s, death has largely been removed from the intimate family setting and relegated to strangers. Usually an unwelcome guest, most Americans no longer have the understandings formerly shared among family and friends during death's visit and the dying process—understandings that sustained and guided them through all the steps to finality and closure. Music can play a pivotal role in the dying process, nourishing the survivors while comforting the departing. In addition to an overview of the philosophical, emotional and spiritual issues in the dying process, we may explore music for the soul's travels and singing as a bridge between worlds. ♦ Jesse Palidofsky 

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Songwriting with Holly Near

Songs are a powerful way to express complex ideas, teach untold history, organize, lift spirits and inspire activism. Sometimes a song gets written by pure inspiration but more often than not, a good song requires craft. Join Holly Near, one of our nation’s most articulate social change songwriters, in a songwriting workshop that will investigate theme, rhythm, poetry, and culture. Is it possible to maintain integrity AND be entertaining AND be good artists AND be activist? Yes. Although the workshop focuses on songwriting, these ideas can apply to giving a speech, talking to a child, writing a sermon, or testifying at a city council meeting. ♦ Holly Near 

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