Jason De León will present this Holocaust Memorial Lecture.
This year's event will feature a lecture by De León, professor of anthropology at UCLA, titled "The Land of Open Graves: Understanding the Current Politics of Migrant Life and Death along the US/Mexico Border." The lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Program in American Culture Studies.
The Holocaust Memorial Lecture is an annual event that is administered by the Washington University Center for the Humanities. It was inaugurated in 1989 by then-Chancellor William H. Danforth, who, at the request of both students and faculty, appointed a committee to establish a permanent lecture. Held on or near the anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany, the lecture aims not only to commemorate the Holocaust but also to address its broader implications for other instances of systematic persecution, mass murder and genocide.
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