YWCA Courageous Conversation with Jonna Perrillo
Author of Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
In Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands Jonna Perrillo explores the assimilation of the children of Nazi scientists into the El Paso public school system while Mexican American children were only permitted at “Mexican schools” and received a highly inequitable education. In this conversation with Jonna Perrillo, we will discuss her research and the question of who is treated justly in American society.
Signed copies of Educating the Enemy are available at Literarity in El Paso!
Moderator: Dr. Ann Horak, Associate Professor of Practice in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
About Jonna Perrillo
Jonna Perrillo has been an education historian and a professor of English Education at the University of Texas of El Paso since 2005. Her scholarship focuses on the history of schools and citizenship, both in the sense of how schools define and translate citizenship values and how they enfranchise or disenfranchise students and teachers. She is the author of two books: Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, and the Battle for School Equity (winner of the New Scholar Book Award from the American Education Research Association) and Educating the Enemy: Teaching Nazis and Mexicans in the Cold War Borderlands. She also writes opinion pieces advocating for school equity and reform issues, and has been published in the Boston Review, Washington Post, Education Week, El Paso Matters, the El Paso Times, and a number of national teachers’ publications. Her interviews with journalists on Educating the Enemy have appeared on the Texas Standard and Time magazine.
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Any opinions stated are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of YWCA El Paso del Norte Region or any other organization/agency.