Anand Pandian, a professor in the anthropology department at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss a new manuscript project about walls and social boundaries in the United States, called Impervious: The Walls We Live With, and How to See Beyond Them. Why does the idea of walling and sealing off the United States from the rest of the world seem to appeal to so many Americans these days?
Pandian has been examining this question as a cultural anthropologist, crisscrossing the United States over the last few years and talking with ordinary Americans about the ideas of safety and security that run through their daily lives. Impervious builds on his ethnographic encounters around the country as well as his own experience as the son of immigrants to the United States.
Please join us at Bird in Hand for the first in an ongoing series of workshops in the public humanities, sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute. On the last Monday of each month, Baltimore-based professors and students will share new work oriented toward broader public audiences, speaking and reflecting in an intimate setting meant to encourage public feedback and critical dialogue.