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Hostile Terrain 94

Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is an international participatory exhibit commemorating the thousands of people who have died or disappeared attempting to cross the U.S./Mexico border, due to the U.S Border Patrol policy of Prevention Through Deterrence. Organized by the Undocumented Migrant Project, the exhibit grew from the work of anthropologist Jason DeLeon, one of the Humanities Institute’s 2019 Distinguished Visiting Lecturers.

Hostile Terrain 94 exhibits will begin launching in Fall 2020. The exhibits will display the locations and known details of the deaths and disappearances. The Humanities Institute plans to participate in the physical exhibit, as well as other activities leading up to and following the exhibit. 

Hostile Terrain Exhibit


Hostile Terrain 94 Activities

Spring 2021

Poetry Reading by Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez, February 16 7:00-8:00PM CST, register HERE.

Fall 2020

Controversy & Conversation Film: "Border South" with Director Raúl Paz Pastrana, December 3, 2020. More information HERE.

"Incarceration and Detention During COVID-19": A Difficult Dialogues Public Forum with Virginia Raymond and Gabriel Solis, October 22, 2020. More information HERE.

A Moment of Global Remembrance

In advance of the exhibit, the Undocumented Migrant Project is hosting “A Moment of Global Remembrance.” The Project invites members of the public to record themselves reading aloud the name of a person who has died while crossing into the United States through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. The recording also includes details of the person’s death. While it might be difficult to speak these details aloud, the project provides one way to remember those who have died and to bear witness to the results of U.S. policies.

 Details on how to participate may be found HERE



Ronald Rael Hostile Terrain 94 Flyer

Our colleagues at Texas State University mounted their HT94 exhibit this Fall. In addition to the Ronald Rael talk cosponsored by the Humanities Institute, Texas State is hosting a number of exciting virtual and in-person events. Find out more about Texas State's Hostile Terrain events here. 


Hostile Terrain 94 Nationally

Anthropologist and HT94 Curator Jason De León introduces the HT 94 exhibit at the opening of the HT94 exhibit at the School for advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.

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