News Release| Changing Boundaries exhibition; Cal State L.A.

In ‘Changing Boundaries,’ 30+ historical maps to tell stories

Jan. 29-Feb. 26 exhibition at Cal State L.A. highlights the Collection of Simon Burrow

Los Angeles, CA – Featuring a collection of maps depicting the story of the evolution of the U.S.-Mexico border over the last four centuries, Cal State L.A. presents an exhibition, “Changing Boundaries: Historic Maps of the U.S.-Mexico Border.”

To be displayed in the CSULA Fine Arts Gallery back studio, the exhibition runs Jan. 29 through Feb. 26. A panel discussion will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 6:15-7:45 p.m., in the University-Student Union Theater, followed by a reception at the Fine Arts Gallery 7:45-9 p.m.

The more than 30 historical maps from the Simon Burrow collection, dating from the 1600s to the present, raise questions about the battle of Los Angeles, California’s mistaken geography as an island, and current immigration policy in the land and space that was once known as Mexico. Burrow received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State L.A. in 1978.

The panel discussion—entitled “Changing Boundaries on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Political and Human Implications”—includes the following speakers: Burrow, gallery curator; Beth Baker-Cristales, director, Latin American studies, and professor of anthropology, CSULA; Angelica Salas, executive director, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Los Angeles (CHIRLA); Enrique C. Ochoa, professor of Latin American studies and history, CSULA; and Mark Wild, professor of history, CSULA. The moderator is Laura Tejeda, program coordinator of the Chicano/a Latino/a Student Resource Center at CSULA.

The event is co-sponsored by CHIRLA along with the Latin American Studies Program and Cross Cultural Centers at Cal State L.A. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Professor Ochoa at (323) 343-2182 or

EXHIBITION DATES:  January 29 - February 26, 2011

Gallery Hours:           Monday – Thursday and Saturday, noon – 5 p.m.

Gallery Location:       The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the northeast corner of the CSULA campus, in the Fine Arts Building, Bldg. 9 /sites/default/files/univ/ppa/campus_map.pdf

Campus directions:    Cal State L.A. is located east of downtown Los Angeles; exit Eastern Avenue from Interstate 10.

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