Marfa Dialogues

Marfa Dialogues/Diálogos en Marfa

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Cecilia Ballí, Charles Bowden, Hamilton Fish, Kathy Staudt, Laura Flanders, Mark Danner, Robert Halpern

17-19 September 2010


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Inspired by art’s potential to elicit critical conversation and generate new ideas, Ballroom Marfa has launched Marfa Dialogues, an initiative to bring together voices reflective of the many perspectives of our diverse community. Please join us in Marfa for our inaugural event, where we will address some of the pressing and complex issues that confront all of us who live in the border region that joins and divides the United States and Mexico.

Ballroom Marfa and The Washington Spectator, in collaboration with The Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa Public Radio and Marfa Book Company, will present Marfa Dialogues: Politics and Culture of the Border, three days of art, film, music, and literature. Be part of dynamic conversations with leading journalists, including Charles Bowden and Mark Danner, listen to the poetry of writer Benjamin Alire Sáenz, see the border through the eyes of photographer David Taylor, and dance to the genre-bending sounds of L.A. band La Santa Cecilia.

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    Laura Flanders interviewing Charles Bowden, September 17, 2010

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    Highlights from the journalist panel, featuring Robert Halpern, Cecilia Ballí, Dahr Jamail, Kathy Staudt, and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, on September 18, 2010.

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    The full recording of the journalist panel, featuring Robert Halpern, Cecilia Ballí, Dahr Jamail, Kathy Staudt, and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, on September 18, 2010.

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    David Taylor speaks about his recent book, Working the Line, a photographic examination of the U.S./Mexico border, organized around a series of 260 obelisks that demarcate this boundary, which were installed in the late 1880s. Ballroom Marfa was incredibly lucky to have David speak at the Marfa Dialogues conference on September 18, 2010.

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    Hamilton Fish, publisher of The Washington Spectator, interviews journalist Mark Danner as part of the Marfa Dialogues on September 18, 2010. Danner writes about foreign affairs and American politics in Latin America, Haiti, the Balkans, and the Middle East, and his latest book, Stripping Bare the Body, brings together his reporting from these regions.

    Special thanks to Karen Bernstein and Susan Simmons for documenting the conference.

    The Marfa Dialogues is funded and supported in part by The Washington Spectator; Kay Taylor Burnett; The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston; the Texas Commission on the Arts; John Thornton; Fredericka Hunter; and Ballroom Marfa members. Tremendous gratitude to the Thunderbird Hotel for their in-kind support.