Humanities Institute

Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series with Dr. Jason De León

Wed, October 23, 2019 | UT Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building, Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Jason De León (UCLA)
Dr. Jason De León (UCLA)

In Fall 2019 the Humanities Institute will continue its Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series, "Narrative and Social Justice." The series accompanies the 2018-2020 Faculty Fellows Seminar on the theme of "Narrative across the Disciplines." The lecture series aims to expand dialogue between university scholars of every discipline and community members of every background around the current theme. 

The fourth lecture in the series will take place on October 23 and will feature a presentation from Jason De León, Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). Dr. De León's presentation is titled “Soldiers and Kings: A Photoethnography of Human Smuggling Across Mexico.”

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. The nearest UT parking is available in the San Jacinto Garage (2400 San Jacinto Blvd) and Speedway Garage (2630 Speedway). ADA Parking is available on Speedway south of Dean Keaton. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in the Avaya Auditorium.

About the speaker:

Jason De León is Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles with his lab located in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. De León directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), 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. He has published numerous academic articles and his work with the UMP has been featured in a variety of popular media outlets. He is the author of the award-winning book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (featuring photos by Michael Wells). 

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute through the Viola S. Hoffman and George W. Hoffman Lectureship in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts, and The Sterling Holloway Centennial Lectureship

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