A World of Walls: Why are we Building New Barriers to Divide Us?

Advanced Seminar co-chairs, Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University, and Laura McAtackney, Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University, Denmark

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

All around the world nations, cities and neighbors are building walls at a dizzying pace. Paradoxically, wall building is expanding in a 21st century world that claims to tear down barriers and break down differences. Walls, however, enable actions that the builders do not imagine and can communicate meanings that they did not intend. How do contemporary walls succeed and/or fail at resolving problems and what are the unforeseen repercussions of an increasingly materially segregated world?

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