EIHS Lecture: El Paso Mourning, El Paso in Recovery: Historical Lessons for Understanding Life and Loss in 2020 (Monica Muñoz Martinez, University of Texas at Austin)
For people living in El Paso, Texas, loss and grief were twofold in 2020. People simultaneously had to protect themselves against COVID-19 and the rise of hate crimes fueled by xenophobia. Generations of border residents have had to mourn victims that died at the hands of white supremacy. They have also been subject to violence and abuse by doctors and officers who saw them not as patients, but as “diseased criminals.” Martinez will discuss the striking similarities between the long, sordid history of US-Mexico border relations in the early twentieth century and recovery in the face of the twin crises of 2020.
Biography: Monica Muñoz Martinez is an award-winning author, educator, public historian, and active participant in developing solutions that address racial injustice. A national authority on the history of race, Martinez is an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research specializes in histories of racial violence, policing on the US-Mexico border, Latinx history, women and gender studies, public humanities, digital humanities, and restorative justice. Born and raised in Texas, Martinez received her PhD in American studies from Yale University.
This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.