The essays presented in this volume are a peer-reviewed selection of some of the best papers presented during the 3rd Crossing Over Symposium at Cleveland State University from October 9-11, 2009. Scholars from the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, India, Israel, and the United Kingdom came together to examine border experiences from different points of view. Originally the organizers called upon a diversity of borderland possibilities for this conference: cultural, political, educational, religious, international, intranational, linguistic, gender, ideological, age, tribal, social class/caste, identity, and neighborhoods. The definition of borderland was not limited to territorial spaces, but rather was open to any kind of confrontation/encounter affecting different situations of our lives. The call for this conference was interdisciplinary in nature, and its intent was to open a discussion between the humanities and the social sciences on the dynamic issue of borders.
About the Author: Antonio Medina-Rivera is Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Cleveland State University. His areas of study include Spanish in the US, US Hispanics Literature, Puerto Rican Spanish, Puerto Rican Literatures, and cultural studies. Dr Medina-Rivera has organized the Crossing Over Symposium at Cleveland, Ohio every other year since 2005, bringing scholars from the US and other parts of the world together for an interdisciplinary dialogue. Lee Wilberschied is Associate Professor of Spanish and Foreign Language Instruction. She teaches courses in Spanish, bilingual education, and second language acquisition. Her research work has included recruitment and retention of preservice and inservice foreign and second language teachers, service learning in language instruction and teacher training, and peer mentoring.