2020-21's Honors College Theme is "The Year of Resilience"
Both texts this year were chosen to address this theme.
Fall 2020 Colloquium : The Land of Open Graves by Jason De Leon
In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Jason De León sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time—the human consequences of US immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.
Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De León uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of “Prevention through Deterrence,” the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field.
In harrowing detail, De León chronicles the journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert.
This book is available to students as a free download through Stout's Library:
ProQuest Ebook Central (Unlimited User copy, DRM Free, full download available, PDF and EPUB versions)
JSTOR EBooks (Unlimited User, DRM Free, full download available, PDF only)