The Ohio State University at Newark


Border Wall Photo Exhibit to Open

August 16, 2018

For some, the existence of the U.S.–Mexico border fences and walls only recently gained their attention, but Kenneth Madsen, associate professor of geography at The Ohio State University at Newark has had an eye on them for over 20 years. His research has resulted in an extensive collection of photographs and maps to be displayed in the LeFevre Art Gallery during the autumn semester. The collection, Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers, officially opens to the public on Sept. 19, 2018, with a reception starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The LeFevre Art Gallery is located in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

The exhibit photographs showcase the varying types of barriers along the border and places them in geographic context for communities unable to see the fences and walls in person. Maps accompanying the exhibit are the result of Madsen’s realization of the need for a comprehensive look at the laws being waived for border barrier construction. During the opening, Madsen will give a brief talk about his findings from several research trips to Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

“I have been learning about U.S.-Mexico border fences and walls since I undertook a class project on the topic in spring 1998 for a course I was taking on the Arizona-Sonora border at Arizona State University. From there the topic bloomed and it ended up being the focus for my master’s thesis in 1999,” he said.

Madsen has been tapped by news outlets ranging from CNBC to the Los Angeles Times for his expertise on the U.S.-Mexico border barriers and the laws being waived for their construction.

He received his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University in 2005. He has been teaching at Ohio State Newark since 2008.

The exhibit can be viewed in the LeFevre Hall gallery Monday through Friday during normal business hours until Dec. 31.

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