Alex La Pierre, Co-founder, Borderlandia

Monday, February 26, 2024,

2:30pm-3:30 pm,

ASA Koffler Great Room and Zoom



You are invited to join Borderlandia co-founder Alex LaPierre on a vicarious trip to one of Mexico’s most magical cities. Álamos, Sonora, located in a transition zone between the desert and the tropics, is a borderland of sorts.

Álamos, Sonora, Mexico

Alex will introduce us to the colonial architecture of the city and how its existence is a testimony to the cleverness of past peoples and a key as to how we can live and thrive in a desert environment.  Intertwining architecture with ancient customs, we will hear about the Day of the Dead celebrations in the Álamos cemetery.  Finally, Alex will discuss the cultural mores of the people and how they are rooted in survival, not only of the desert, but also the frontier issues over time.

Alex La Pierre is the co-founder of Borderlandia, a bi-national organization committed to building public understanding of the borderlands. With a recent background in the nonprofit field in Ambos Nogales and in citizen diplomacy in the borderlands, Alex originally arrived in southern Arizona working for the National Park Service in the fields of historic preservation and heritage interpretation. A graduate of the University of Arizona, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a public historian, he focuses his studies on the Hispanic cultural heritage of the American Southwest and Mexico.  As a volunteer, he serves as a board member of Arizona Sonora Border Projects for Inclusion , Southwestern Mission Research Center and the Anza Trail Foundation. His work along the border has been featured in national and international media outlets.

Compiled and edited by Pamela Hennessy, Academy Village Volunteer

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