Welcome to Urban Borderlands (Anth 183/AMER 183).
This community-based research seminar integrates academic and experiential learning in an ongoing (since 2001) project documenting the history and development of Cambridge and Somerville’s Latino communities. In Fall 2010 student research will contribute to a larger project sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) examining how the planned Green Line Extension will impact the neighborhoods adjacent to the new transit stops; the Urban Borderlands aspect of the project will focus specifically on immigrant businesses in Union Square and East Somerville likely to be affected by these changes. Students will conduct and transcribe in-depth interviews with relevant individuals and compile photographs that will be synthesized in a final report, which will be added to the growing Urban Borderlands oral history archives at Tufts Digital Collections and Archives. (See http://dca.tufts.edu/?pid=158). Selected materials will also be uploaded to the SCC’s interactive community map.