Can Friendship Secure the Border?

Monday, October 02, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA US 92108

Room: Linder Lounge

This lecture is free and open to the public

Prototypes of what President Trump has promised will be a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border are soon to be erected here in San Diego County.  But are more walls the best way to secure the border? 

For over a decade, the Friends of Friendship Park, a community coalition of individuals and organizations, has been working to preserve and expand public access to Friendship Park, the historic meeting place on the border between San Diego and Tijuana, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

John Fanestil will share a brief history of the US-Mexico border, as told from the perspective of Friendship Park, and Jim  Brown will share his vision for creating a truly bi-national park at this unique location.  Join us as we explore an alternative vision for creating true security along and across the US-Mexico border by promoting friendship between the peoples of both nations.

John Fanestil, Pastor of Faith Cultivation and Leadership Development at First United Methodist Church, recently completed his Ph.D. in the History Department at the University of Southern California. Born and raised in San Diego, he is also a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and the Claremont School of Theology. 

James Brown is the Principal of the San Diego-based Public Architecture and Planning. His work explores ‘making’ at a variety of scales, from furniture and public art to architect as developer and urban infill projects.    Brown is a recipient of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and recently convened a conference of Loeb Fellows to explore the possibility of a binational park on the border between San Diego and Tijuana. 

Both Fanestil and Brown have been active for many years in the Friends of Friendship Park Coalition.

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