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WHaLI 2023 | Border Walls: Navigating Exclusion in a Divided World

The pre-workshop module will be shared through a Canvas site in mid-May.

A Workshop for History, Social Studies & E.L.A. Teachers

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, 48104


 $20 Registration Fee 


Registration Deadline:
June 7, 2023

WHaLI 2023 registration »


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Border walls have long been a symbol of state sovereignty and a political tool for exerting dominance and control over people, animals, material goods, and the environment. Walls have been built to keep (some) people in and to keep “others” out. They intentionally divide space and disrupt human mobility, sociocultural exchanges, economic flows, and ecological stability. Today more than 70 border and security walls are in existence, in addition to physical barriers erected within states, such as those that surround refugee camps and closed settlements. Join us for WHaLI 2023, as we explore the historical circumstances and political tactics of border walls. Across case studies set in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Armenia, and Middle East and North Africa, we will explore the political purposes alongside intended and unanticipated consequences of border walls. We will analyze physical walls imposed along and within national borders, virtual walls that extend border enforcement through technologies of surveillance, as well as symbolic borders such as illegality and nationalism. This is a workshop designed for US-based educators, though all are welcome to attend.

The World History and Literature Initiative (WHaLI) one-day conference for secondary teachers focuses on these issues, using examples drawn from different historical times and areas of the world. The workshop also illuminates challenges students face in learning such content, explores ways teachers might meet those challenges, and provides participants with relevant resources that can be used in the classroom.

WHaLI 2023 will be offered through an asynchronous, pre-workshop module available in mid-May and a one-day in-person only workshop session on June 13 from 9:00AM-4:00PM.  Additional details will be emailed to participants in early May.

Sponsors: University of Michigan International Institute, Center for Education Development, Evaluation, and Research, Marsal Family School of Education. This event is funded in part by Title VI NRC grants from the U.S. Department of Education.