Global Heartland is a side project that may someday become a book. It is currently on hiatus while I finish other projects, and you may be interested in my other blog at “Bughouse Square” that sees more action lately. You may also like Frontier to Heartland, a project that grew out of the global heartland idea.
The Global Heartland project explores connections between the world economy and life as it is lived in the middle of North America. It looks for everyday examples of globalization in the present and in the past. It identifies local experiences that reflect ideas about how globalization works. It pokes and prods at the contradictions of a region–globally connected but imagined as quintessentially America.
Some of my other midwestern projects include the exhibit “Outspoken: Chicago’s Free Speech Tradition” and my book “Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930” (University of Illinois Press, 2003) .