The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail

Date(s) - 11/09/17
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail

Seminary Coop Bookstore

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Jason De León and Susan Gzesh discuss Jason’s new book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail.
Co-sponsored by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.
At the Co-op.
About the book: In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time—the human consequences of US immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and death that take place daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross from Mexico into the United States.
Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De León uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of “Prevention through Deterrence,” the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field.
About the author: Jason De León is a 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, and director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). UMP is a long-term anthropological study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, visual, archaeological, and forensic approaches to understand this violent social process.
About the interlocutor: Susan Gzesh is executive director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights and senior lecturer in the College. Her research interests include the interrelationship between human rights and migration policy, the domestic application of international human rights norms, and Mexico-U.S. relations.