Book Group to Discuss “The Land of Open Graves” on Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.

Currently meeting on the Zoom platform from 7-8:30 p.m.

Zoom Link for Social Justice Book Group:

From”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.A masterful storyteller, De León chronicles the harrowing 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.”

Supplementary Materials:

Podcast: Border Trilogy from Radiolab, three 50-minute listens with transcripts available.  Jason de León discusses the effects of the US Border Patrol’s policy of “Prevention Through Deterrence.”

Interview: Jason de León in discussion about border crossings and anthropological study, 7-minute read.

Video: PBS Newshour on the Darien Gap, 10-minute watch. Not specific to the US-Mexico border, but a look at a short stretch of migration.

Poems: “Home” by Warsan Shire, again not specific to the US-Mexico border.
“poem where no one is deported” by José Olivarez

Website: Undocumented Migration Project

Interview: Harsha Walia with Ayesha Siddiqi on borders and border enforcement, 9-minute read.

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