Hello, Unfortunately we do not have enough people registered for this program so it has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Join historian and journalist DavidMould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined. In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, David
explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and
geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of
them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no
account of geography, language, and culture. There are borders within countries—physical,
economic, or social. And finally there are the borders of our minds—the
way we may think of unfamiliar places.
David’s journey begins with maps and cartoons
that poke fun at how we view other parts of the US. He moves on to the
carve-up of Africa, the artificial (and often straight-line) borders
drawn by colonial powers. In South Asia, he explores “the world’s
craziest border” between India and Bangladesh. He ends up in Central
Asia, in that gerrymandered jumble of former Soviet republics whose
names end in -stan.
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