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Shadow Lives: 20 Years on the Migrant Trail - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

Date and Time

Monday, January 27, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2263


Jon Lowenstein is an American documentary photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist. His work focuses on confronting the complex issues of wealth inequality, structural racism, and violence. Jon’s extensive body of work has been recognized and featured in exhibitions and museums internationally, as well as The New Yorker , The New York Times , Newsweek and on Channel 4, a British public-service television broadcaster. He has also been a guest several times on NPR discussing issues of poverty and violence. He is a member and owner of NOOR photo agency, a cooperative photojournalist agency located in the Netherlands

Jon’s presentation will examine the experience of undocumented Latin Americans coming to and living in the United States. Students will learn about the migrant trail from Central America, through Mexico and the United States. They will also become familiar with the stories of the men and women who make up the largest transnational migration in world history. Because Lowenstein has accompanied migrants on each part of their journey north, swimming the Rio Grande, crossing the border with them, and later documenting individual family lives in America, this is a meaningful opportunity for Grand Valley students to become aware of such an important issue. By attending the presentation students will have a meaningful opportunity to learn about and participate in dialogue around the immigrant experience, the dangers of border crossings, living undocumented in the United States, and deportation.


David Stark-



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