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Borderlands Photo Exhibition Opens Feb. 23

Borderlands Photo Exhibition Opens Feb. 23

UCR Libraries and UC MEXUS co-sponsor stop on national tour of exhibit illustrating wildlife, people and landscapes along the U.S.-Mexico border.

(February 12, 2010)


"Due North" by Krista Schlyer

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A photo exhibition featuring images of wildlife, people and landscapes impacted by the wall along the United States-Mexico border opens in the Orbach Science Library at the University of California, Riverside with a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The traveling exhibit, “Continental Divide: Borderlands, Wildlife, People and the Wall,” began its national tour on Capitol Hill in April 2009. It’s monthlong appearance at UCR is co-sponsored by UC MEXUS and the UCR Libraries.

The exhibit is the creation of the International League of Conservation Photographers, which sent a team of 13 award-winning nature photographers to document the wildlife, ecology, and the effect of immigration and the border wall on the 2,000 mile-long border. It will remain at UCR through March 26.

“These images have already been viewed at key venues throughout the country including the U.S. Senate,” said Exequiel Ezcurra, director of UC MEXUS and professor of ecology in the Botany and Plant Sciences Department. “Even for those of us who work directly with Mexico, the photos bring to life the unique natural and cultural landscapes and the real proximity of the two countries.”

UCR Librarian Ruth Jackson said the exhibit particularly lends itself to the Orbach Science Library, where it will be readily accessible to students, faculty, staff and the general public. “Collaborations of this type further expand the role of the University Libraries as a cultural center for the campus as well as an intellectual one,” she said.

Speakers at the opening reception include Chancellor Timothy White and Mexican Consul Carolina Zaragoza Flores.

“Perspectives on the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall,” a pre-event colloquium on the border wall and its impact on human immigration and borderland wildlife and ecosystems, will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the HUB, room 379.

Colloquium speakers include: Exequiel Ezcurra, director of UC MEXUS; Ernesto Enkerlin, president of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas of Mexico; Krista Schlyer, an ILCP photographer and coordinator of the exhibit; and Robert G. Varady, deputy director and research professor of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

In addition to Schlyer, whose work appears in numerous conservation and nature magazines, photographers who participated in the three-and-a-half-week photo shoot along the border include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Jack Dykinga; Kevin Schafer, named the 2007 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photographers Association; Wendy Shattil, the first woman awarded the Grand Prize in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Cristina Mittermeier, executive director of the International League of Conservation Photographers; Roy Toft, winner of the Gerald Durrell Award for endangered species in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition; Jeff Foott, whose film on Patagonia was a finalist for an Emmy; Ted Wood, co-founder of Conservation Ink, a nonprofit publisher that creates interpretive publications for Mongolian national parks; Chris Linder, recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to document polar research during the 2007-2009 International Polar Year; Miguel Angel de la Cueva, whose latest book, “Oasis of Stone,” won a silver medal in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards in 2007; Santiago Gibert, whose work has been published in Mexican conservation magazines and other publications; Ian Shive, who works with groups such as the National Parks Conservation Association and the Sierra Club; and Claudio Contreras Koob, whose work documents Mexico’s biodiversity.

Established in 1980, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) is an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging, securing, and contributing to binational and Latino research and collaborative academic programs and exchanges.

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"Fragments" by Wendy Shattil



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