This proposal seeks support to create a "globally connected course," a collaborative initiative between Oberlin College and the American University in Cairo (AUC). Zeinab Abul-Magd, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at Oberlin College, and Amy Austin Holmes, Associate Professor of Sociology at AUC, have been closely working together to develop this new course. It covers the crucial subject of shifting borders and crises of displacement and refugees in the Middle East from the late Ottoman period until the present day. Although the nation-state's borderlines in the Middle East were drawn by the end of WWI, they are evidently far from being set in stone. Many wars in the decades that followed the 1920s, including the Cold War, disturbed these boundaries. The recent events of the Arab Spring uprisings and their aftermath blurred, and in many cases destroyed, the century-old borderlines in the region. Spanning a period of two centuries, from the late Ottoman Empire until today, this collaborative Oberlin-AUC course covers the evolution of the map of the Middle East during crucial moments of war, and follows the lives of the peoples who endured social and economic detrimental effects of shifting borders. While engaging with theoretical frameworks and archival material, it covers the cases of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Yemen. It takes into consideration ethnic, sectarian, and gendered aspects of frontier conflicts. It utilizes Digital Scholarship tools, by creating a website where intensively students interact with primary material and with each other in the writing assignments.