Walls Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 15-17 February 2009
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX   |   15-17 February, 2009   |   Free & Open to the Public


The Walls Symposium is for academics, activists and students. It is not about any particular wall or even about purely physical walls, but rather a deep conversation about why humans build walls and a critical exploration about what walls mean in our personal and civic lives.

At the heart of the Walls Symposium are one-to-two hour-long sessions designed around academic disciplines. An expert in each field is coordinating his or her session, which might be a panel discussion, film, interactive experience . . there are no limits!

Our hope is that participants with different areas of expertise and different life experiences will cross-pollinate their knowledge. For example, a Rio Grande resident experiencing the construction of the border wall, a homeowner in a gated community and an expert on prisons can engage in critical dialog in a session on the literature of walls and learn from each other.

There is a small area in the Holt Conference Center available for literature displays. There will be a table where anyone can drop off one business card, brochure, flier or a similar item. To inquire about larger display space (which is limited) contact the peaceCENTER, 210.224.HOPE or wallsymposium@gmail.com.

Community/activist groups interested in reserving space (on a space-available basis) during the symposium for networking, to show a film, make a presentation or facilitate a discussion should contact the peaceCENTER at 210.224.HOPE or wallsymposium@gmail.com. Such events that are scheduled prior to Wednesday, February 4 2009 will be included in the printed schedule; those scheduled after that will be posted at the site. There is space and time to schedule extemporaneous gatherings during the course of the symposium. Please indicate whether audio-visual support is required, as not all rooms are so equipped.

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