Border Barriers: History and Impact--a multi-part series of Zoom talks

Border Barriers: History and Impact--a multi-part series of Zoom talks

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Join us for a multi-part series of FREE talks about the history and impact of border barriers on people and the environment.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time
A Wall that Needed to Fall: The Berlin Wall, 1961-1989. 
Dr. Susan A. Crane speaks about the significance of the Berlin Wall during its existence and in the aftermath of German unification, with a focus on collective memory and historical consciousness. Dr. Crane is Associate Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona. She lived in West Berlin, and was there in 1989 when the wall fell. Dr. Crane's research focuses on thematic issues of collective memory, historical consciousness and historical photography, particularly in modern German history. Her current projects include: Editor, The Cultural History of Memory in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2020), and author, Nothing Happened. A History. (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2020). 30 min presentation plus Q&A.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time
Massive Fortification of the U.S. Border: A Modern History.
 Todd Miller, journalist/writer, addresses the US border wall's history and border-enforcement practices, and discusses how these have affected the US/Mexico divide. Mr. Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years. His work appears in The New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English. Miller has authored three books: Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso, 2019),  Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration & Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017), and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014). 30 min presentation plus Q&A.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time

In this presentation, the Honorable Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, focuses on the challenges of protecting tribal lands and sacred places. Dr. Norris is currently serving in his third, four-year term as Chairman (2007-2015, re-elected 2019). He served as Vice Chairman from 2003-2007. He has also previously held multiple managerial positions at the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, most recently as Director of Governmental Relations. The Tohono O’odham Nation includes approximately 28,000 members occupying tribal lands in southwestern Arizona. The Nation is the second largest reservation in Arizona in both population and geographical size, with a land base of 2.8 million acres and 4,460 square miles, approximately the size of the State of Connecticut. 30 min presentation plus Q&A.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time
Biodiversity, Border, and Barrier.
 Dr. Margaret Wilder discusses the border wall in the context of the biodiverse U.S.-Mexico border environment and environmental cooperation between the two nations. Dr. Wilder is Associate Professor in the School of Geography, Development & Environment, in the Center for Latin American Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Her research focuses on the political ecology of water and development in Latin America and examines the interconnections of climatic change and the vulnerability of water resources and climate justice in the US-Mexico border region. 30 min presentation plus Q&A.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time

Dr. Gil Ribak discusses the historical background of building the Israeli security fence and the short- and long-term effects of the fence on the people and geography of both sides. Dr. Ribak is Assistant Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Born and raised in Israel, he served as an analyst in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, taught at Washington University and served as the Director of Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations at American Jewish University. He is the author of Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants (Rutgers Press, 2012), and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Matthew Abraham will focus on the International Court of Justice’s 2004 ruling on Israel’s security wall, paying particular attention to Judge Buergenthal’s dissent from the Court’s advisory opinion. Dr. Abraham is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona and a faculty member in the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program. He is the author of Out of Bounds: Academic Freedom and the Question of Palestine (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Intellectual Resistance and the Struggle for Palestine (Palgrave, 2015). His current book project focuses on the life and legacy of Edward W. Said.

1 hour presentation plus Q&A.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
4:00 p.m. Arizona time

TBA. 30 min presentation plus Q&A.


This series is offered in conjunction with the traveling exhibit currently featured at the Arizona State Museum, "A History of Walls: The Borders We Build," and is made possible in part through a grant from Arizona Humanities.


Teachers of grades 6-12:
Professional development hours are available for each talk.
An evaluation of each program is required in order to receive a certificate.
Certificates will be emailed in late October.

K-12 Literature on the US-México Borderlands.


Photo credits:
Thumbnail: An East German guard and West Berliner meet through a crack in the wall, November 1989. By Sharon Emerson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0. From the traveling exhibit, "A History of Walls."


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