Physical walls that divide countries and cultures will be the topic of a panel discussion Monday evening, Feb. 13, at the First Amendment Center. The discussion, titled “The Impact of Walls: Experiencing Borders in East/West Germany, Israel/Palestine, and U.S./Mexico,” will be moderated by Ted Fischer, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, which is a co-sponsor of the event.
The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. A reception will precede the discussion at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.
Helmut Smith, director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University. Smith is a historian of modern Germany, with particular interests in the history of nation-building and nationalism, religious history, and the history of anti-Semitism.
Samar Ali, adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University and attorney at Bass Berry & Simms. Ali is an expert on the intersection of national security and international economic development. At Bass Berry & Sims, Ali focuses on cross-border investments, transactions, immigration and compliance.
Gabriella Sanchez, assistant professor of security studies at the University of Texas – El Paso. Sanchez’ research and teaching interests involve the social ecology of transnational organized crime, of border crossings and human mobility efforts, and of bottom-up resistance and insurgent movements.
The First Amendment Center is located at 1207 18th Ave South. A map is available here. Free parking is available.