WALLS: First Critical Engagement Event

Gregory Smith, chair of the Department of History, and Christi Brookes, chair of the world languages and cultures department, have launched the Criticial Engagements initiative at CMU to foster dialogue and learning around questions that matter. "The idea is to come together as a community of people pursuing all sorts of projects, research and teaching, and realizing how all of those can fit around a common theme and address today's most difficult issues," Smith said. "There comes a point when you realize we're all working on pieces of the same problem, from different but related perspectives. You realize we really are One CMU."

Over the course of the academic year, students, faculty, staff and residents will be able to participate in classroom conversations, projects, research, and special events around the theme "People on the Move: Borders, Boundaries and Migration."

The first Critical Engagements keynote event this fall is a presentation by Marcello Di Cintio on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 pm in the Powers Ballroom. Di Cintio is a Canadian journalist who has traveled and lived along disputed borders in many parts of the world.

As noted in his biography, Di Cintio's "last project was a book about walls, fences and other ‘hard’ barriers – and the people who live in their shadows – called Walls; Travels Along the Barricades. For this book, [he] visited walls and fences in Algeria, Morocco, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Israel, Palestine, India, Cyprus, Montreal, Belfast and along the US-Mexico border. Walls won the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, among a few other awards, and has been published in Canada, the US, the UK and Bulgaria."

The presentation on Nov. 16 is free and open to the public.

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