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Beyond the Wall: The Human Toll of Border Crossings


Jan 31, 2018 – 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

735 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Map

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Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

This event will be live webstreamed. Check event website right before the event for viewing details.

In the public debate over immigration policy, the mortal toll of border crossings are too often faceless statistics. A Livingston Award-winning journalist, a MacArthur Genius and anthropologist, and a U-M public policy expert will share the stories and findings behind immigration statistics and discuss the complexities, ramifications and human lives that are involved in clandestine migration.


Brooke Jarvis is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine. She received the 2017 Livingston Award for Unclaimed, an investigative narrative about an unidentified migrant bed-bound in a San Diego hospital for 16 years and the networks of immigrant families searching for their missing loved ones.

Jason De León is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a long-term anthropological study undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States that uses ethnography, archaeology and forensic science to understand this clandestine social process. In recognition of his work on this project, De León was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2017.

Ann Lin is Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods and immigration. Lin is currently studying potential immigration policies and the beliefs of American immigrants with a special focus on Arab Americans.

This event is cosponsored by Wallace House and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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