Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m., James McCann will present "Deposing the Malevolent Border: Malaria and the Blue Nile Basin." McCann is a professor of history and interim director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University.
McCann will discuss the concept of border as a historical watershed and describe one of the world's great watersheds, the Blue Nile Basin, in terms of its dynamic ecology and the human ecology of malaria over time. Malaria is a clever and adaptive force that confounds humanity's attempts to control it or to set it within boundaries. He will explain how ecological history provides an approach to understanding disease and human responses.
On Friday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., several UI faculty, students, and Crossing Borders fellows will come together for various panel discussions on the following topics: The Borders of Race? Rethinking Racial Boundaries in Imperial and Transnational Contexts; Violence over the Land: Experiences of Territorial Division and Conflict; and Networked Worlds: Politics, Identity, and Culture in Global Contexts.
These events are sponsored by Crossing Borders and International Programs.
For more detailed information, visit international.uiowa.edu/crossing-borders/convocations or contact Jennifer Sessions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-353-2199.