The Ohio State University at Newark

Madsen to Discuss Border Walls and Fences

NEWARK, OH, October 17, 2017 — In an effort to facilitate the construction of border barriers in the United States, 48 sets of laws have been waived since 2005. Ranging from environmental protections to historic preservation and even religious freedoms, these waivers have already made possible extensive stretches of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor of Geography Kenneth Madsen will discuss border walls and fences during an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture.

Madsen’s lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in the Norman R. and Althea E. Sleight Community Room located in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055. It is free and open to the public.

Having spent the past year in southern Arizona, Madsen is engaged in a project to map the extensive presence and impact of border barriers and legal waivers along the US-Mexico border. His presentation will include images and maps from this project, as well as a discussion of current debates on this issue.

Madsen has studied border fences and walls for 20 years. His areas of expertise include political and cultural geography, borders and bordering and geography of film and fiction. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community. The next talk will be held in November featuring Professor of English Elizabeth Weiser, Ph.D. whose area of expertise are rhetoric and writing.