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Ways of Seeing by Mary E. Mendoza: Misogynistic humor isn't funny, even in satire

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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Last week I attended an academic conference for historians in the American West. The organization that puts on this productive annual meeting, has come a long way in the last 15 years. It used to be a place that was relatively hostile to women and people of color, but over time, we have seen a huge shift, in part because the organization’s leadership has stopped giving hate a platform.

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Ways of Seeing by Mary E. Mendoza: Citizenship's fragility (for some of us)

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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In November of 2016, shortly after the election, I went to the home of some very good friends and I cried. I don’t cry easily, but at that moment, I worried for our country and for our standing in the world. I worried about the rights of people of color and about the ways that we could and would likely be targeted. And, as a Mexican-American woman, for the first time in my life I worried that my own security as an American had become incredibly fragile. I remember telling my friends that night that I worried that my own rights as a U.S. citizen would be revoked. 

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Ways of seeing: This is why we can’t negotiate with terrorists

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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Last week, a friend of mine called me on the phone. She was clearly upset. “I think we should just build a wall,” she said to me. My friend knows me very well. I am a border historian who writes about the history of fence construction at the U.S.-Mexico divide. I’ve been writing and thinking about that history since I was a student in the History Department at Middlebury College, which was a long time ago now.

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Ways of Seeing: Historical perspectives on migration

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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In preparation for a manuscript workshop this week, I read a draft of a book about Texas history by a woman named Sarah Rodriguez. I am a historian of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands (and a Texan by birth), so my friend and colleague asked if I would attend a workshop to give my comments on her book before she published it. I was happy to oblige.

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Ways of Seeing, Mary E. Mendoza: Encounters with race, class, privilege

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



Very recently, I attended a fancy dinner with wealthy white people who give money for a particular cause. I was there as an academic who specializes in the history of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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