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Hostile Terrain 94 at Nebraska - Public Lecture featuring Dr. Lourdes Gouveia

5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Zoom Room:
Effie Athanassopoulos,
The UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and UNL’s Hostile Terrain 94 organizing team are hosting a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:00pm by Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, Professor Emerita, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Visiting Professor, University of Kansas. She will present a lecture titled “Will ‘Essential Workers’ Remain Visible after Covid-19? Clues from the Meatpacking Industry.”

It has been rightly claimed that the coronavirus pandemic has opened the public’s eyes to the social disparities that have disproportionately afflicted those we now call “essential workers.” Immigrant workers have always been essential to the nation’s food system. Yet, these workers are routinely made invisible to much of the public – except during those brief moments when unexpected events make them all- too-visible. Can Covid-19 become the watershed event after which we can no longer ignore the social costs associated with what J. Ziegelman has called “America’s obsession with cheap meat”?

Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94) is a participatory art project created by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. In Nebraska, these tags are geolocated on a quilted textile map of the desert, showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020 and 2021.

This public lecture is also sponsored by UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. The exhibition and related programming have received support from numerous sponsors, all of which are listed on the HT94 Nebraska website:

This lecture is part of the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibition, created by the Undocumented Migration Project and brought to Nebraska by the UNL and UNO Hostile Terrain 94 organizing committee.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact

UNO - Yuriko Doku, 402-554-3835, or visit the OLLAS website:

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