Dresses honoring women of Juarez return to West campus

September 2, 2008

Five years after an exhibit of decorated dresses drew public attention to the murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico, the widely traveled display returns to Arizona State University’s West campus during September. ReDressing Injustice Redux ">http://www.west.asu.edu/publicaffairs/public_events/ReDressingflyer.pdf">(flyer pdf) is on display in Fletcher Library through Sept. 30.

Some two hundred dresses on six-foot high pink crosses were displayed on the central lawn of the West campus in 2003 as part of the campus’s inaugural Border Justice event. The exhibit, ReDressing Injustice, has since traveled to Mexico, Europe, and sites across the United States, including metropolitan Phoenix.

The 2003 public art installation was developed by visual artist Irene Simmons. Simmons received help from volunteers who participated in workshops that redecorated simple dresses to serve as memorials to the victims in Juarez.

The new exhibit ReDressing Injustice Redux chronicles the journey of the original installation through a selection of dresses along with photographs chronicling the journey of ReDressing Injustice to social justice events during the past five years.

“As we were installing the new exhibit in Fletcher Library, many students asked about the meaning of the memorial dresses,” says Kristin Koptiuch, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. “When we told them about the Juarez murders, they were shocked. Nearly all of the students we spoke with had never heard of the murders.

“This reminds us of the need for continual education about the Juarez femicides, set in the context of the violence against women that has become a prevalent accompaniment to the impact of globalization at the U.S./Mexico border and around the world.”

Two special events are planned in conjunction with the exhibit:

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, two experts will lead a discussion focusing on “Contemporary Views of the Juarez Femicides.” The speakers are Carol Mueller, an ASU sociology professor, and Cynthia Bejarano, a criminal justice faculty member from New Mexico State University. Mueller and Bejarano will unravel the complicated expression of social justice represented by the Juarez femicides and provide an update about advocacy movements addressing the continued violence against women in Juarez. The dialogue will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 229 of the CLCC Building.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Simmons will host a ReDressing Injustice Workshop. Participants are invited to bring a dress to remake into a memorial in this hands-on workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 241 of the CLCC Building.

The original 2003 border justice symposium for which ReDressing Injustice was created, “Gender, Justice and the Border,” became the springboard for an annual event on ASU’s West campus spotlighting border issues. The 2008 installment of the Border Justice Series, held in April, focused on “Education, Justice and the Border.” Planning is under way for the 2009 event, “Crime, Justice and the Border,” from March 31 through April 2. More information about the Border Justice Series is available at www.west.asu.edu/borderjustice.http://www.west.asu.edu/borderjustice">www.west.asu.edu/borderjustice />
All events associated with ReDressing Injustice Redux are free and open to the public. Sponsors include several West campus groups and programs including the Campus Environment Team, Border Justice Committee, Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Social Justice, Women’s Studies, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Honors College expands to Downtown Phoenix campus

September 2, 2008

Barrett, the Honors College, has expanded to open an office at the Downtown Phoenix campus. Known as "Barrett Downtown," the new location in Suite 164 of University Center establishes Barrett at all four ASU campuses.

Barrett Downtown welcomed 30 new freshmen this fall to join another 110 returning students in the College of Public Programs, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation. Download Full Image

Barrett is a selective, predominantly residential college that educates academically outstanding undergraduates from across the nation. Students enrolled in Barrett are part of both the honors community and a disciplinary college of their choice.

"The schools and colleges at the Downtown Phoenix campus have traditionally received lots of interest from Barrett students," says Mark Jacobs, Dean of Barrett, the Honors College. "It is thus a very happy outcome that Barrett and the Downtown deans could co-sponsor a vibrant honors college office and study center downtown. I am extremely pleased that our joint effort allowed this to happen."

Services at the Downtown Phoenix campus include Barrett advising, the Barrett Writing Center, computing facilities, a thesis library, and a student lounge.

Honors students have a residential community in the new Taylor Place residence hall, where monthly faculty-student dinners bring together all Barrett students with faculty from the downtown programs.

The newly formed student organization, the Barrett Leadership and Service Team Downtown (BLAST'D), will organize service, cultural and social events and engage Barrett students in a variety of Downtown Phoenix activities.

Barrett Downtown offers priority registration, academic honors advising from honors faculty and staff, unique classes available only to Barrett students, and rich travel opportunities, including domestic and summer study abroad programs.

"Barrett Downtown takes advantage of our urban location and complements the downtown academic programs," says Dr. Laura Peck, Associate Dean for Barrett, the Honors College, and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. "Our services, activities and events will enrich the experiences of our Barrett students downtown."

A monthly Barrett Downtown Speaker Series features topics of interest to honors students and is open to the public. Generally, the honors experience at ASU involves a two-semester foundations course called The Human Event, additional honors coursework with Barrett and disciplinary faculty, and a culminating honors thesis.

For information, call Jill Johnson at (602) 496-0557 or visit http://honors.asu.edu/.">http://honors.asu.edu/">http://honors.asu.edu/.