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Presented By: Department of American Culture

2024 Betty Ch’maj Distinguished American Studies Lecture

Professor Jason De León

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Professor Jason De León will be delivering the 2024 Betty Ch’maj Distinguished American Studies Lecture.

De León is Professor of Anthropology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of the award-winning book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail and a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. He is also Executive Director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a 501©(3) research, arts, and education collective that seeks to raise awareness about migration issues globally while also assisting families of missing migrants be reunited with their loved ones.

Professor De León’s lecture will draw from his new book Soldiers and Kings: Survival and Hope in the World of Human Smuggling, which is coming out in March 2024.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 4-5:30 pm in Forum Hall, Palmer Commons. A reception will follow immediately in the atrium outside.

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