Events

Upcoming Events

April, 2021

Past events

April 2021

Evento público virtual (webinar)

Este jueves 22 de abril a las 7:00 pm, les invitamos a participar del primer evento virtual de Hostile Terrain 94 St. Olaf en español. En esta sesión, continuaremos concientizando, conmemorando y defendiendo a los inmigrantes que fallecieron en el intento de cruzar el desierto de Sonora en Arizona entre 1990 y el 2019.

El evento será una oportunidad para aprender más sobre las consecuencias de las políticas de inmigracion estadounidenses. También incluirá una breve historia de Hostile Terrain y seguida de la compleción de etiquetas que se atan al pie de un cadáver para identificarlo (toe tags). Cada etiqueta representa la vida de una persona que ha fallecido en el desierto de Sonora.

Para realizar la actividad, recomendamos el uso de una computadora/un ordenador, un portátil o una tableta ya que consiste en varios pasos y habrá que cambiar de pestaña (tab) con frecuencia.

In Person Toe tag event

As part of Migrant Remembrance Week, Hostile Terrain 94 will be holding two in-person toe tag events to raise awareness, commemorate, and advocate for the people who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. This is an opportunity to fill out physical toe tags that will be used in the Hostile Terrain 94 at St. Olaf fall exhibition. In-person events are restricted to members of the St. Olaf community currently on campus. If you have participated in virtual toe tag events, you are more than welcome to attend in-person tag events!


Friday, April 16 (today), 3:15 PM -5:15 PM in the Pause Mane StageSaturday, April 17, 11:15 AM – 2:45 PM in Viking Theater


The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and an opportunity to fill out virtual toe tags that will be used in the fall exhibition. It is important to remember that each toe tag represents one of 3200 migrants that lost their lives crossing through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. 

Virtual Public Toe Tag Event

On Wednesday, April 14 starting at 6:30 PM, join us as we continue to raise awareness, commemorate, and advocate for the people who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. This event is part of the daily programming for Migrant Remembrance Week at St. Olaf College.

The webinar offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about the lasting impacts of immigration policies. The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

In Conversation with Jason De León

To kick off Migrant Remembrance Week, Professor Jason De León will be joining the Hostile Terrain 94 team at St. Olaf for an evening conversation about his work as the director of the Undocumented Migration Project, his book The Land of Open Graves, and resistance art.

Migrant Remembrance Week

We are pleased to announce that starting from April 12 – April 18, 2021, Hostile Terrain 94 at St. Olaf will be hosting Migrant Remembrance Week in honor of those who have lost their lives crossing through the Sonoran Desert in Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

The week will be filled with events including a conversation with UCLA Professor Jason De León, director of the Undocumented Migration Project and an opportunity to fill out toe tags virtually and in person.

In the coming days, information about how to register for virtual events will be available on this page. We look forward to having you all join us!

Virtual Public Toe Tag Event

On Saturday, April 3 starting at 12:00 PM, virtual programming resumes. Join us as we continue to raise awareness, commemorate, and advocate for the people who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

The webinar offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about the lasting impacts of immigration policies. The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

March 2021

Healthcare and Mental Health with Michelle Ortiz

St. Olaf HealthFinders Collaborative (SOHFC) and @hostileterrain94stolaf are co-hosting a virtual guest lecture on “Addressing Healthcare and Mental Health Disparities in Rice County’s Underserved Population” by Michelle Ortiz on Friday, March 26 starting at 5:00 PM CDT!

Michelle has a lot of wisdom and plans to share her unique perspective on how she has transformed mental health care for underserved residents in Rice County.

Read more about Michelle Ortiz and her work!

First Public Toe Tag Event of 2021

Over the past months we have spent time developing programming for the 2021 spring semester and establishing the timeline for the exhibition. It has been a remarkably productive process for the team!

We are thrilled to be back and hosting public events that engage our communities, prompting reflection and encouraging proactive advocacy for migrant lives.

On Tuesday, March 2 starting at 7:00 PM (CDT) virtual programming resumes with the first public toe tag event of 2021 to raise awareness, commemorate, and advocate for the people who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

October, 2020

Public Toe Tag Event

Over the past weeks, we have facilitated toe tag events for courses at St. Olaf College. It has been remarkable engaging students as they encounter the work of Hostile Terrain 94 and learn more about migrant death at the US/Mexico border.

We are looking forward to opening our process back to the public! Virtual programming continues with the forth public toe tag event to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

September, 2020

Undocumented Migration Project Presents: Border South

The Undocumented Migration Project in conjunction with Hostile Terrain 94 will be screening the film Border South from Thursday, September 24 starting at 3:00 PM (CDT) through Friday, September 25 ending at 3:00 PM (CDT).

The film will be accompanied by the a live Q&A session with Director Raúl O. Pastrana and Producer Jason De León taking place on Friday, September 25 at 4:00 PM (CDT).

Gain access to the film (accessible in Spanish and English) and register for the Q&A

Live Q&A with Cecilia Cornejo

We have the pleasure to be talking to Cecilia Cornejo, director of CREANDO HOGAR (WAYS OF BEING HOME) on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM (CDT) and on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. You are invited to view the sessions on our Facebook page and submit questions via the comment section. We will also be taking questions via Instagram story.

Sessions are accessible in Spanish and English.

Director’s Bio

Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Northfield, Minnesota. Known for placing community members at the center of the creative process, she uses a range of approaches and production methodologies to engage them as active participants and co-creators of meaning. Locally rooted yet globally minded, Cecilia’s work examines notions of belonging and the immigrant experience while exploring the traces of historical trauma on people and places. 

Cecilia was recently chosen as an inaugural recipient of the 2020 McKnight Fellowship for Community-Engaged Artists and has received funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation in support of her film work. She is also the recipient of a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant (2019) and a Mellon grant through Carleton College (2018) for the multiplatform endeavor The Wandering House, currently in production. Cecilia’s work has screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, Athens International Film Festival, Cine Las Américas, Melbourne Latin American Film Festival, InVideo (Milan), L’Alternativa (Barcelona), Festival de Cine Pobre (Cuba), and many other venues. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches filmmaking at Carleton College in Northfield.

Ways of Being Home by Cecilia Cornejo

We are excited to announce a collaboration between Cecilia Cornejo and Hostile Terrain 94 at St. Olaf! We are hosting an exclusive film screening of Creando Hogar (Ways of Being Home) by Cecilia Cornejo on Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 PM (CDT). The film will be available through Thursday, September 10, 12:00 PM (CDT). Film screenings will be accompanied by two live Q&A sessions with Cecilia Cornejo on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM (CDT) and Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. Access films above!

NOTE: The film will be available in Spanish and English. The Q&A sessions will also accommodate Spanish and English speakers.

Ways of Being Home explores the immigrant experience from the perspective of the Mexican community living in Northfield, a college town in southern Minnesota. Most members of this immigrant community, about 70% or more, trace their roots back to Maltrata, a small agricultural municipality nestled in the mountains of the state of Veracruz. Filmed between 2016 and 2019, Ways of Being Home moves between both towns to draw attention to the geographical and emotional displacement experienced by the immigrant community as well as their resilience, ingenuity, and fierce determination. Made in close and constant collaboration with community members, Ways of Being Home offers a nuanced portrayal of the ways displaced people craft a life and a home away from home.


While the film is brought to you free of charge, the film’s director asks you to consider making a donation to Northfield Supporting Neighbors (NSN). Funds donated to NSN are used to support Northfield residents who have needs that fall outside the usual human services resources. These may be legal or social issues stemming from immigration concerns.

To donate, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Go to the Northfield Community Action Center DONATE page (NSN’s fiscal
    sponsor).  https://communityactioncenter.org/donate/
  2. Choose an amount and select OTHER to designate your funds to go to NSN.

Mil Gracias!

Toe Tag Event

The virtual programming continues with the third public toe tag event to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

July, 2020

Resistance Art: Guide and Q&A

Join our team as we use the elements from nature to create art that is both temporary in practice and permanent in process.

The team will be going live on Facebook on Saturday, July 25 starting at 12:00 PM CDT.

Toe Tag Event

Join the second virtual session to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

Virtual Launch

Join the Hostile Terrain 94 to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.