Borders in World History | Newberry

Borders in World History

Thursday, October 25, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Brian Boeck, DePaul University
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Simultaneous events in such disparate places as Arizona, Morocco and Hungary have suddenly made the subject of border walls highly relevant once again. This seminar explores the evolution of border infrastructures as tools of statecraft in global history. From the Chinese great walls of history and myth to the Berlin wall and beyond, states have attempted to regulate interaction between subjects and strangers. The seminar will address the following questions: Why do some states invest more heavily in boundary maintenance? Are ‘hard’ borders an exclusively modern phenomenon? Are borders constructed for political, economic or cultural reasons? How do local communities learn to live with borders?

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.