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Research Spotlight: Faculty Research Spotlight

The events will provide a platform for faculty and students to share their research.

Nuestra Latinidad: The Forgotten Americans in las Colonias on the Border 20 years Later

Materials at Alkek by Featured Panelists:

Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean of The College of Applied Arts and Sciences, Texas State University.

Dr. Jaime Mejia, Associate Professor of English, Texas State University.

Alan Pogue, Texas Center for Documentary Photography for Social Justice

Las Colonias Exhibit, Alkek Library, 3rd floor

Exhibit Credit: Mavis Klemcke

The Forgotten Americans



Also available in Spanish, digitization work was performed by Todd Peters and Zachary Johnson at the University Libraries. Copyright clearance was performed by Stephanie Towery.

"...how sad to be born here, live here all your life, die here and not know what it is like to be an American..." --colonia resident Filmmaker Hector Galan takes you on a journey to the colonias. We travel into American communities where hope resides despite the fact that the streets have no names and often there is no running water or electricity. Forgotten Americans captures a day in the life of America's poorest people along the Texas border who live in "colonias". The film had its world premiere on March 17, 2000 at a special screening at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and then was nationally broadcast on PBS in December 2000.

Digital Images

Las Colonias

This packet is part of collected material housed in the Wittliff Collections on 7th floor.

Las Colonias

Ever wonder what a colonia looks like? Here are a few pictures of various colonias along the border of Texas and Mexico.

Ever wonder what a colonia looks like? Here are a few pictures of various colonias along the border of Texas and Mexico.

Ever wonder what a colonia looks like? Here are a few pictures of various colonias along the border of Texas and Mexico.

Project Photos