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Robert Smith

Robert O. Smith is a Citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He directs Briarwood Leadership Center and is an Associate to the Bishop of the Northern Texas–Northern Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Before returning to the United States, Smith directed the Jerusalem Global Gateway of the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism (Oxford, 2013).


On Walls, States of Exception, and the Power of Public Art

The wall at the US southern border and the wall in Israel are are material testaments to ethnic exclusion. Both walls are partially constructed. Both are resisted and ridiculed by public art.