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
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
To learn more, contact Dr.
Stacey Schwartzkopf, Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shively Odyssey Associate
Professor of Anthropology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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.