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Director of Undocumented Migration Project to Give Public Lecture October 5 at Hendrix


CONWAY, Ark. (September 21, 2017) – Dr. Jason De León, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Undocumented Migration Project at the University of Michigan, will speak at Hendrix College Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Mills B lecture hall of the Mills Center for Social Sciences. 

De León’s talk, titled “Soldiers and Kings: Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico,” is sponsored by the Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shively Odyssey Professorship, and is free and open to the public.

Since 2015, De León has been involved in an analog photoethnographic project documenting the lives of Honduran smugglers who profit from transporting undocumented migrants across Mexico. He will address migration through an innovative combination of archeology, anthropology, and visual documentation, discussing the complicated relationship between transnational gangs and human smuggling, and the role that photography plays in this violent and ethically challenging ethnographic context. 

A National Geographic Emerging Explorer, De León won the 2016 Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology for his 2015 book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (University of California Press). His work with the Undocumented Migration Project has focused on the material culture of migration, first along the U.S./Mexico border and more recently in Central America.

To learn more, contact Dr. Stacey Schwartzkopf, Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shively Odyssey Associate Professor of Anthropology, at schwartzkopf@hendrix.edu.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.