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The Borders of Our Minds -  Travel & Culture Program

The Borders of Our Minds - Travel & Culture Program Online

Join historian and journalist David Mould 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.

David Mould, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, has traveled widely in Asia and southern Africa. Born in the UK, he worked as a newspaper and TV journalist before moving to the US. His travel essays and articles have been published in Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Times Higher Education, and History News Network.  His previous books include: Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys (Ohio University Press, 2019) and Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia (Ohio University Press, 2016).

 

Date:
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Categories:
  Department - Science, History & Technology     Subject - Book Talk/Review     Subject - Travelogue  
Online:
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Registration is required. There are 287 seats available.

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