Octavio Borges-Delgado, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Drexel University

Bio

Octavio Borges-Delgado earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Michigan State University. He is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish in the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University. His research and teaching examine contemporary narrative representations of Hispanic Caribbean migrations to the United States. An important part of his research focuses on transnational issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and national identity concerning migration and postcolonialism in literature and popular (sub) cultures. He has taught courses on Spanish as a second language, Hispanic/Latinx identities, Latin American migrations to the United States, and Hispanic Caribbean literature and cultures.

Research interests

Hispanic Caribbean literature and cultures
Latino/a Studies
Migration Studies
Latin American diaspora
Critical race theory
Gender and sexuality in a global context

Contact

Octavio Borges-Delgado, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish
Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages
Drexel University
Academic Building | 101 N. 33rd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.895.1208 | Fax: 215.895.6381
Email: [email protected]

Selected Student Projects

SPAN 350 - Latinx Representation in U.S. Media

DOCUMENTARY SHORT - "Latino Representation in Media"
by Natalie Keita, Kaitlyn Mercado, Lindsay Villarson, & Sarah Wetzel
Drexel University

SPAN 440 - Physical and Imaginary Boundaries in the Mexico-U.S. Border

PAINTING - [No name] (Inspired by Luis Alberto Urrea's The Devil's Highway)
by Vitalina Mikhalev
Drexel University

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PODCAST: "Nosotras migramos por nuestra seguridad" by Amna Khalafalla
Drexel University

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COLLAGE - "El muro que mata" by Lucinda Silverman
Drexel University

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VIDEO SURVEY - "Borders and Inmigration" by McKenna Cole
Drexel University

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DIGITAL ART - "¡Nos consume a todos! by Natalie Keita
Drexel University

Mi dibujo representa los momentos finales de la vida de Juan José, antes de que tome una fatal decisión. Juan era un zacatecano de 40 años, que se ganaba la vida reparando las llantas en camiones.Cuando comenzó a la edad de 25 años, el dinero era bueno y podía vivir cómodamente. Pero a medida que pasaban los años, el costo de vida aumentaba y el salario no era suficiente para mantenerse a sí mismo. Tuvo que tomar una decisión, quedarse en Zacatecas apenas sobreviviendo, o intentar llegar a los Estados Unidos en busca de mejores oportunidades. Pues, decidió que su mejor opción era llegar a Arizona y trabajar en camiones con su tío que ya estaba allí. No tenía el dinero para pagarle a un guía o a un coyote, así que partió solo y montó en un tren hasta Sonora. Ahora, está en lo profundo del desierto, experimentando signos de hipertermia, y comienza a alucinar. Levanta la vista y ve a personas con agua y comida esperándolo a él y a otros migrantes. Tiene esperanza y sigue luchando por conseguir más agua.Cuando finalmente llega al lugar que había visto desde la distancia, se da cuenta de que todo era una ilusión y que no había forma de salir de este infierno. No quería ser como el tipo que yacía muerto en el suelo, y quería tener control sobre su propia narrativa. Sus emociones eran altas, y sabía que la única salida era a través de la muerte. Dijo sus últimas oraciones, se quitó el cinturón y se colgó de un árbol. Sé que es un poco morboso, pero quiero mostrar a la gente el efecto que el cruce de la frontera tiene sobre una persona, no solo física sino mentalmente. Quiero que la gente se ponga en la perspectiva de ese hombre y se cuestione sobre lo que podría haber estado pasando por su mente. Al final, el desierto es un infierno que nos consume a todos, indiscriminadamente.

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POEM - "Fuera de las sombras" by Jenna Washington
Drexel University

POSTER - "La mentira del sueño americano" by Isabel Bonilla and Yala Tippett
Drexel University

Our creative project theme is on the hidden meaning behind the “American Dream.” While it is believed that many (Latin American) immigrants migrate to the U.S. to fulfill the stereotypical “American Dream” of getting jobs and bettering their lifestyles; it is often left unmentioned that in many cases, the U.S. plays a huge role in them choosing to leave their countries, and not often in a positive way. After all, it is incredibly hard to leave all you’ve ever known, and the people you love, to seek better pay in a completely foreign country.Our project showcases several different scenarios that demonstrate the double meaning behind the “American Dream”, by outlining events that have taken place (or are ongoing) in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. It is supported by literature, and even includes testimony from an immigrant that lived in Panama during the invasion that took place in 1989. In many cases, the U.S. had some responsibility in how political and economic issues played out in these other countries, and why they got as dangerous as they did.The objective of our creative project is to further educate individuals on the hypocritical stereotype of the “American Dream” that immigrants are held to, using a visual summary of historical events, as well as personal testimony and excerpts from Devil’s Highway. We have also included a book suggestion, “In The Time of the Butterflies”, by Julia Alvarez. We also aim to demonstrate how the U.S., in many ways, has been directly responsible for some of the economic, social and political issues that drive individuals out of their countries.

TV SHOW - "La conversación con..." by Gia Brown-Grant, Alexandra Doulos, Naydelin Veras, Jill Pizzuto y Devin Jadoo -Binghamton University