Keynote Address: Monday, 8 PM Eastern Time. FREE David Carrasco discusses his essay response to the politically motivated killings of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in August, 2019, and artist Ellen Elmes' reaction to David's essay.
Keynote Address: Monday, July 12 at 8 PM Eastern Time. FREE - No registration required
In our world of accelerated, virtual information it’s difficult to truly absorb the individual impact of injustice and loss suffered by fellow human beings in places beyond our daily lives. It is especially hard when those who are victimized are large in number and far away in the borderlands. In this keynote event, Harvard Divinity School educator and Mexican-American writer David Carrasco and Appalachian artists Ellen and Don Elmes will tell their story of an outreach project they unexpectedly embarked upon last year in response to the politically motivated killings of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in August, 2019 by a racist shooter in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart store. David’s “Saying the Mexican Names”, a text written in solidarity with the families of those murdered led to Ellen’s visualization in painting and gifting of facial portraits of the 23 lives taken. Their expressions led to dialogue with community and civic leaders in El Paso who revealed their compassionate will to support, honor, and remember the vital lives lost in their Mexican American community. Now, participants in the outreach project from Harvard Divinity School, the Southwest Virginia mountains, and Common Ground look forward to coming together in person with El Paso community members and families at the opening this year of a Healing Garden currently being created in El Paso adjacent to the border wall.
Read David Carrasco’s essay “Saying the Mexican Names” HERE.
Read the article "Suffering and Healing in El Paso and America" HERE.