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Lecture Series. "The Perils and Promises of Expert Witnessing"

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Location
101 International Studies Building – 910 S Fifth St, Champaign
Date
Oct 29, 2018   3:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Ellen Moodie, Anthropology and Dr. Gilberto Rosas, Anthropology
Cost
Free, open to the public
Contact
Kasia Szremski
E-Mail
szremski@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

In this conversation we reflect on the art and practice of expert witnessing, drawing on our respective work writing declarations for and testifying in court on behalf of Central Americans and Mexicans in asylum and related proceedings. Like many experts, over the years we have become ever more precise in our portrayals of peril. And yet, at the same time, as anthropologists, and as humanistic scholars, we aspire to explore the complexity of human dilemmas—including the demands placed upon us and others in the practice of witnessing. Today we share our recent experiences in court and consider the possibilities of writing and thinking with integrity and respect for emergent migrant communities.

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