View from the Santa Fe Bridge, US/Mexico border, El Paso / Ciudad Juárez

POETRY & PUBLIC FORUM: Species in Peril on the Borderlands

Friday, November 15, 2019 6pm – 8pm

At 516 ARTS
Presented by 516 ARTS & UNM Art & Ecology Program

The US-Mexico borderlands, one of the most biologically diverse places in North America, traverse six eco-regions and provide home to 1,506 native terrestrial and freshwater animal and plant species, including 62 species listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The proposed expansion of the “Wall” threatens not only human communities but also the incredible diversity of life and binational investment in conservation. This event begins with a poetry performance by Léon De la Rosa, PhD, professor in the Departamento de Arte at IADA and UACJ and is followed by a panel discussion on the history and ecological vitality of the borderlands and the threats facing the region, featuring: Michael P. Berman, exhibition artist; Robert Peters, PhD, Defenders of Wildlife and author of In the Shadow of the Wall, on how the border wall will affect wildlife; Ma. Eugenia Hernández, PhD, professor, UACJ in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; and Sam Truett, PhD, borderlands historian and UNM Professor of History.