November 5, 2009 I  performed along with my 4 other classmates in this years Georgia Southern’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Science Research Symposium. It was a great honor to present our research from our Spring 2009 Advanced Performance Studies. But, I do have to give credit to our professor Dr. Rebecca Kennerly. She placed so much knowledge and faith in us, that without that faith, none of this would have been possible.

Dr. Kennerly introduced us to Mexican Migration and all the unique stories these people have. In her class we learned about the story telling and interview process. It is a special privileged when someone confides in you and tells you their story of pain or joy. We read Judith Hellman‘s book The World of Mexican Migrants: A Rock and A hard Place. Hellman traveled all over Mexico and the United States interviewing Mexican migrants and their family. Each story was unique and touched our hearts. It opened our eyes to a world we so blindly walked around in. We researched facts and myths about Mexican migration and challenged them ourselves. Our final assignment was to find a person who had experienced in someway the journey of migrating to the United States. I connected with a man at the local Mexican restaurant. He had agreed to an interview, but back out when it came time to tell his story. I think, he was scared of the repercussion that may come with telling his story. Another classmate of mine had interviewed a Atlanta housekeeper. She had told her story, but later asked her not to tell it. 2 out of 5 us was unable to officially retell our interviewees story. Many migrants live in the shadows of a world where they often go unnoticed and unappreciated. Performing at the symposium was an honor to help educated others about this tragedy.

Read Judith Hellman’s book and educate yourself on the hardships other go through. It is humbling and eye-opening.