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Stanford’s American Studies Program Presents:

The Voyager Interstellar Record: A Conversation with Frank Drake and Timothy Ferris

Wednesday, October 24th at 4:30PM

Pigott Hall (Language Corner), Room 113

In 1978, radio astronomer Frank Drake and writer Timothy Ferris collaborated with Carl Sagan to create a message for extraterrestrials: a collection of sounds and images encoded on a golden record and carried by NASA’s Voyager space probes through the Solar System...

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What cultural work do ethnic upward mobility narratives perform? In this talk, Román will present work from her book Race and Upward Mobility (Stanford UP, 2017), which analyzes African American and Mexican American cultural production from the 1940s-2000s. Turning to literature, television, and film, she reveals how...


Join us for this exclusive screening of the new documentary film, As I Walk Through the Valley: A History of Underground Music in the South Texas Borderlands. Spanning forty years of music history and border life, the film is the first comprehensive look at the vibrant underground rock scenes of the Rio Grande Valley. Filmmakers Ronnie Garza and Charlie Vela will discuss their work after the screening. Dinner will be served.

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Over the last several years, we have witnessed a remarkable escalation in migrant deaths within the U.S.-Mexico borderzone. Rising numbers of border deaths are no mere coincidence or accident of geography, but rather a predictable result of U.S. immigration law-making, as well as a systemic feature of the routine functioning of the increasing physical fortification of the border and the increasing militarization of border enforcement tactics and technologies. In light of the evident...

Please join us for a book talk by Ana Raquel Minian, Assistant Professor of History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, on her new book, "Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Immigration."

A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to so we are able to provide enough food for all attendees.

Part of American Studies 2017-18 "Borderlands Now" Event Series