PUBlic Professor Series presents Dr. Shelia McManus (Nov. 23, 2023)

As part of the 2023-2024 PUBlic Professor Series, ULethbridge history professor Dr. Sheila McManus will present "Borders are Stupid."

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 23, 2023, at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge. Limited seating available.

Most people today, if they think about borders at all, can be forgiven for believing lines on a map are real things serving useful purposes. Demarcating the edges of nation-states is responsible for everything from shoring up sovereignty, nationalism and colonialism, to drawing the lines between “us” and “them.” However, by taking a closer look at their long, messy histories, and even messier contemporary functions, you'll discover those invisible lines are, at best, lying to us. This talk explores why we believe the lies borders tell us, and why we shouldn’t.