Cultural Anthropologist and Texas Monthly Writer-at-Large Cecilia Ballí

I Love the History of the Border Region

Cecilia Ballí is a cultural anthropologist, magazine writer, and research and communications consultant, who focuses on the U.S.-Mexico border and Latinos in Texas. A writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, she is currently conducting a project on Latino voters and nonvoters in Texas. Before joining a November 2019 Zócalo event titled “What Can Life on the U.S.-Mexico Border Teach America?” and held at Cross Campus in downtown Los Angeles, Ballí spoke in the green room about finding ways to use her degree outside of academia, her favorite plant, and what keeps her …

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BuzzFeed News West Coast Investigations Editor Jessica Garrison | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

BuzzFeed News West Coast Investigations Editor Jessica Garrison

My Senior Year I Only Took Classes That My Dog Could Also Take

Jessica Garrison is a senior investigative editor for BuzzFeed News and the author of The Devil’s Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California’s …

KQED’s The Leap Co-host and Producer Judy Campbell | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

KQED’s The Leap Co-host and Producer Judy Campbell

I Just Find Any Hill I Can, and I Stomp Up It

Judy Campbell is the co-host and producer of the KQED podcast The Leap and a producer for the live call-in radio program Forum. Previously, she reported on criminal justice and …

Dallas Morning News U.S.-Mexico Border Correspondent Alfredo Corchado | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Dallas Morning News U.S.-Mexico Border Correspondent Alfredo Corchado

The Border Shows the Way to Healing the Country’s Divisions

Alfredo Corchado is the U.S.-Mexico border correspondent for the Dallas Morning News. His latest book, Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration, traces Mexican …

Yale National Security Law Scholar Asha Rangappa | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Yale National Security Law Scholar Asha Rangappa

I’d Really Need to Think to Make a Connection Between Cheerleading and Intelligence Work

Asha Rangappa is a Yale national security law scholar and former FBI counterintelligence agent. Before taking part in a Zócalo event asking “What Do We Do Now?,” Rangappa called into …

New York Times National Security Reporter Julian E. Barnes | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

New York Times National Security Reporter Julian E. Barnes

I Find Sci-Fi Oddly Comforting in This Weird Pandemic Time

Julian E. Barnes is a national security reporter for the New York Times who covers the country’s intelligence agencies. Before moderating a November 2020 Zócalo event asking “What Do We …