Jason De León, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and author of the award-winning The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (University of California Press, 2015), will deliver a public talk; this is a timely topic in light of DACA and border wall politics, and in reinforcing the message of the Hate Has No Home at UMASS campaign. Since 2015 Professor De León has been involved in an analog photoethnographic project focused on documenting the lives of Honduran smugglers who profit from transporting undocumented migrants across Mexico. In this talk he discusses the complicated relationship between transnational gangs and human smuggling and outline some of the ways that he uses photography as a field method in this violent and ethically challenging ethnographic context. De León was one of this year's MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant winners for his work combining ethnographic, forensic, and archaeological evidence to bring to light the human consequences of immigration policy at the U.S.–Mexico border. MacArthur grant winners are selected for having "shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" — and each will receive a $625,000 award from the foundation "as an investment in their potential," paid out over five years with no strings attached.
Professor De León’s visit to Amherst is sponsored by the UMass Anthropology Department, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Communication, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Amherst College, and the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science.
9:30-10:00am: Registration, Welcome and Introductions.
10-11:15am: Panel Discussion on Key Global Issue including Dr. Rita Colwell, Former Director NSF, Dr. Jenine-Ward Robinson, President and CEO of the PAHO Foundation and Dr. Michael Depledge, Former Head of Science UK Environment agency.
11:30-12:30pm: Student Poster Session and Buffet Lunch. The poster session will focus on students engaged in research in the broad areas of Global Health, Environmental Change and Global Health, etc.
We invite all of you to participate in this lively panel-based discussion of some of the critical global health issues we face.The event is sponsored by the UMass Institute for Global Health, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the STEM Ambassadors Program.
Charlotte Krolokke is a Professor of Culture Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Developments within cryobiology have turned frozen biological parts into standard clinical practice, yet the technological advances are still in sore need of theorizing within cultural studies. This presentation responds to this need by turning to the cryopolitics of reproduction and seed conservation, discussing the cultural imaginaries of (frozen) cells and seeds revealed in the two documentaries: Motherhood on Ice (2014) and Seeds of Time (2014).
Dinner provided; RSVP to http://fcwsrc-wip-nov.eventbrite.com.