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Working between Tijuana and San Diego, artist Griselda Rosas explores themes of cultural hybridity as they relate to identities. Rosasโ€™ work is guided by her experience of living in a border region that is in constant migratory flux. She incorporates historical art and cultural references that become allegories of identity, gender, and violence inherent to the bi-national territory.

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A native of the San Diego/Tijuana border region, Christian Ramirez has been an exemplary advocate of migrant, border communities and workers rights, having held positions with the American Friends Service Committee and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (housed at Alliance San Diego). Still based in San Diego, Christian now serves as statewide Policy Director for SEIU United Service Workers West, working to elevate the voices of the 45,000-member strong union.

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Paul Espinosa, an award-winning Filmmaker, is President of Espinosa Productions, a San Diego-based production company specializing in Latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics. For over 40 years, he has produced, directed, and written numerous films for PBS and for festivals around the world. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.

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Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera is Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and Non-resident Scholar at the Baker Instituteโ€™s Center for the United States and Mexico (Rice University). Correa-Cabrera is co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives (ISP) journal.

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Jason M-B Wells is chief executive of the chamber of commerce in San Ysidro, CA - the Worldโ€™s busiest land-border crossing. With leadership skills transcending commerce, Wells has proudly held titles of โ€œPresidentโ€ - San Ysidro School District Governing Board, โ€œPetty Officerโ€ - US Navy; and โ€œDadโ€ at home to four.

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Ana Teresa Fernรกndezโ€™s work explores the politics of intersectionality through time-based actions and social gestures, translated into masterful oil and gouache paintings, installations and videos. Operating formally at the intersection of land art, performance and history painting, Fernandez mines 21st-century feminism, post-colonial landscapes, and the psychological barriers to empathy.

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Carmen Chavez is the ExecutiveDirector at Casa Cornelia Law Center, a pro bono law firm in San Diego. Casa Cornelia Law Center provides direct representation in humanitarian immigration applications, including asylum and related relief and protection, special immigrant juvenile status, U and T visas, and VAWA self-petitions and cancellation of removal.ย  It is the only legal service provider in San Diego serving detained unaccompanied alien children and the primary legal service provider for non-detained unaccompanied alien children.ย 

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Dr. Jim Gerber taught at San Diego State for 34 years as a member of the Economics Department. He served as Director of Latin American Studies and Director of International Business. He is the author of several books and articles about international economics, Mexico, and the US-Mexico border.

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With 30 years in Specialty Coffee,ย Karen Cebrerosย is the founder of Organic Coffee and International Women's Coffee Alliance and Women of Coffee Microfinance, and lives in Rosarito.

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Elisa Sabatiniย is President of bothย Via Internationalย and ofย Los Niรฑos de Baja California, an independent Mexican non-profit. Elisa brings years of experience working throughout Latin America with an expertise in micro-finance and community development.

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Andy Carey is Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. Additionally he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of San Diego teaching post graduate courses on International nonprofit management. He serves in many civic capacities including, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyโ€™s National Advisory Committee, Independent Districting Commission in Escondido, CA., and on the Advisory Board of St. Mary Catholic School in Escondido. In 2018 Mexicoโ€™s Ministry of Foreign Relations presented Andy with the Ohtli Award.ย 

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Josephine "Josie" Talamantez is a historian from San Diego, California. She co-founded Chicano Park in 1970 and helped develop it into a cultural National Historic Landmark containing the largest collection of artistic murals in the United States. Talamantez was also the Chief of Programs for the California Arts Council, served as the director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, and was on the board of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.ย ย 

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Pedro Rios is director of the American Friends Service Committeeโ€™s U.S./Mexico Border Program. He oversees a program that documents abuses by law enforcement agencies, collaborates with community groups, advocates for policy change, and works with migrant communities.ย 

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Paola Villaseรฑor, better known by her nickname Panca, is a painter, muralist, street artist and illustrator born in San Diego, CA, US. Thematically, her work focuses on the dichotomy and decay of humanity using neon and pastel colors, grotesque figures and distorted shapes. She has been working between Mexico and the United States since 2004 making wheat-paste art, indoor murals, large scale outdoor murals and paintings on various different surfaces.

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DW Gibson is the author of 14 Miles: Building the Border Wall. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, among other publications. He is also engaged in a project aimed at mapping the prospects of immi-gration reform in Congress.

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Herbert Siguenza is currently the Playwright in Residence for the San Diego Repertory Theatre and a founding member of the performance group CULTURE CLASH, the most produced Latino theatre troupe in the United States. Join Herbert, Rigoberto Reyes and Josephine Talamantez for a discussion of Chicano Park's past, present and future.

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Stephen Farnsworth is professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. He is the author or coauthor of seven books on the presidency and the mass media, including the timely 2018ย Presidential Communication and Character.ย 

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Dinah Bear is an attorney in the field of federal environmental law, and an advocate for rational, humanitarian policies in the borderlands. Her interests in people, wildlife and law have converged in her fight against the border wall. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, from where she convenes a border-wide coalition opposing construction of new border wall.

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Dave Gibsonย is the Executive Officer at the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.ย He graduated from SDSU in 1989 (BS in Biology). He was an Entomologist and Watershed Biologist for the City of San Diego. He started at the Water Board in 2000 as an Environmental Scientist and was appointed its Executive Officer in 2009.

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Lawrence Herzogย  is a writer and Visiting Scholar/Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning Department at UCSD; and professor emeritus of city planning, San Diego State University (SDSU). He has written or edited 11 books on urban planning, design and global/cross-border development, including: Global Suburbs:ย  Urban Sprawl from the Rio Grande to Rio de Janeiro (Routledge, 2015).

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Renรฉย Peraltaย studied architecture at the New School of Architecture in San Diego and the Architectural Association in London, England.ย Renรฉ's work in recent years explores the contemporary and future forms of the urban border between the United States and Mexico, specifically between the cities of Tijuana and San Diego.ย Renรฉย is a coauthor, with Fiamma Montezemolo and Heriberto Yรฉpez, of the bookย Here is Tijuana, published in 2006 by Black Dog Publishing in London.

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ย Jason de Leonย is Professor of Anthropology and Chicana, Chicano, and Central American Studies at UCLA and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project. He is the author of The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail, and head Curator of Hostile Terrain 94 global exhibition.ย 

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Dan Watmanย is the founder/coordinator for the Binational Friendship Garden of Native plants and a Spanish teacher online and active in Migrant efforts in Tijuana where he lives.

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Michael Wilken-Robertson, an author of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, is an applied cultural anthropologist with over 30 years of advocacy and research with native peoples of Baja California.

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