SANTA FE ― The refugee crises in the Middle East and Europe and the hot button topic of immigration in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign have brought into stark relief the issues raised by migration of large groups of people across borders. Why do we erect walls and other barriers?
This topic will be explored by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in an April 20 colloquium titled The World of Walls: Why Are We Building New Barriers to Divide Us? In addition, a two-day symposium sponsored by the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum (SFWAF) April 18 and 19, explores Crisis in Migration: A New World of Walls?
Co-chairs Randall H. McGuire, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University, and Laura McAtackney, Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University, Denmark, lead the noon to 1 p.m., April 20 event at SAR.
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?
The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum’s symposium seeks an understanding of the origins, drivers, and cultural implications behind the news. It will search for explanations to complex questions: How does today’s situation compare with human migration flows in the past? How are refugees handled? How real are the claims that terrorists mingle within refugee communities? What kinds of support do cities and local organizations provide for these newcomers, and, finally, what are the plans for resettling refugees in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – both traditionally refugee-receiving cities?
This April 18-19 event at St. John’s College is $85 for SFWAF members and affiliates (including SAR members). SFWAF non-members are $110. Single-day participation, members and nonmembers: $60.University students: $55 for both days. The price includes lunches and a wine reception Monday afternoon. E-mail email@example.com by Wednesday, April 13 to register.
For more information, including topics and guest speakers (which include Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and U.S. Ambassador [retired] Joe Wilson), visit here, Pat Kushlis or Irene Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.550.6392.
About the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum (SFWAF)
The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum aims to broaden and deepen understanding of world affairs through small, interactive, professionally led sessions on international issues for a membership of informed individuals. Its annual symposia normally held in the spring reach a larger audience including university and college students. Visit www.sfwaf.org for more information.
About the School for Advanced Research (SAR): The School for Advanced Research has supported innovative social science research and Native American artistic creativity for more than a century. Since we began offering fellowships in 1972, we have funded the work of more than 350 SAR scholars and artists, among whose ranks are six MacArthur Fellows and eighteen Guggenheim Fellows. Please join us in Santa Fe for insightful lectures or a tour of the School’s historic campus. You can also follow the work of our resident scholars and Native American artists on our website, www.sarsf.org, Facebook and Twitter.