Tucson Humanities Festival – Border Medicine: Origins of Mexican American Religious Healing

When: October 12, 2021 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tucson Humanities Festival: Border Medicine

Religious healing in the U.S. Southwest, particularly among Mexican Americans, has a multi-faceted profile including pilgrimage, prayer, saint veneration, channeling spirits, herbal remedies and energy manipulation. How did the diversity of Mexican American religious healing traditions come into being? The origin stories of religious healing practices tell us as much about the present as the past. From curanderismo to the miraculous Santuario de Chimayó in New Mexico, current-day Mexican American religious and ethnic identities are tied to stories of healing and healthcare from long ago, suggesting that religious and political 'wellness' continues to be tied to how we remember what has come before.

Guest Speaker: Brett Hendrickson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Lafayette College

An expert University of Arizona panel will follow with a discussion on "Health, Culture, and Religion on the Arizona Border."

Panel Speakers:

  • Michael M. I. Abecassis, Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson
  • Felina Cordova-Marks (member of the Hopi Tribe), Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
  • Kristy Slominski, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies & Classics, College of Humanities
  • Ada Wilkinson-Lee, Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Inaugural event of the Fred & Barbara Borga Lecture Series. This event is the first in the College of Humanities Department of Religious Studies and Classics Borga Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Fred and Barbara Borga Endowed Fund for Religious Studies, established by Dr. Ross Schwartzberg (B.G.S. 1985, M.D. 1990) to foster understanding and integration between cultures and beliefs, especially in the field of medicine, and to support undergraduate students pursuing Religious Studies for Health Professionals.

Audience: All
Audience size: Large (101-500)


Campus: Main Campus


Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) 1670 E. Drachman St.
Tucson , AZ
United States
Arizona US

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Eric Swedlund College of Humanities

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Eric Swedlund