GSN MONDAY MAILER JANUARY 10 2013
GSN NOR INCORPORATED AS A NON-PROFIT
GSN DUES FOR 2013 ARE DUE
GSN DIRECTORY: ADD YOUR NAME
GSN SUMMER MEETING IN ANTIGUA ANNOUNCEMENT
NEW MAJOR BOOK ON GUATEMALAN MIGRATION TO THE US BY GSNER DAVID STOLL (LINK TO COUPON)
EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR IMMIIGRATION RELATED TRIAL IN BOULDER
NEW BOOK ON SOL TAX AND ACTION ANTHROPOLOGY WITH LOTS OF GSN PARTICPATION
GHRC CALL ON GUATEMALAN COURTS TO REJECT CALLS FOR AMNESTY FOR PERPETRATORS OF CIVIL WAR VIOLENCE
9TH ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONGRESS TO BE HELD AT USAC IN A MONTH (SORRY FOR THE LATE POSTING)—– SEE ATTACHED ABOVE
HIGH SCHOOL UNPLUGGED SUMMER PROGRAM IN GUATEMALA
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA OFFERS SUMMER COURSE ON ETHICS AND POVERTY IN GUATEMALA
GREAT ARTICLE ON PINABETES AND ANCIENT CLIMATE AND A CALL FOR ADDITIONAL RESEARCHERS
YEAR END REVIEW FROM THE MAKER OF ABUSED: THE POSTVILLE RAID
1. GSN Incorporation as a Non-Profit Organization: We are pleased to announce that the GSN is now formally registered as a non-profit organization!
2013 Dues: January is the month to pay your annual GSN membership dues. Cost is $50 for professionals/non-students and $25 for students/unemployed; membership is free for scholars in Latin America. You may pay via Paypal or check.
To pay via Paypal: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/
Please make checks to Guatemala Scholars Network and mail to:
Avery Dickins de Girón
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1806
You may also register for the conference at the same time you pay dues (see below). If you have any questions regarding dues payments please contact Avery at avery.dickins-degiron@
3. GSN Directory: The GSN Directory (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/
4. GSN Conference: Pre-registration fees are $75 for professionals and $30 for students; registration is free for scholars in Latin America. Your registration includes a dinner and lunch. You must be a member to register for the conference. The deadline to pre-register for the conference is May 15. On-site registration is $100 for professionals and $50 for students.
Guatemala Scholars Network Conference 2013
Casa Herrera and possibly another site in Antigua, Guatemala
July 10-12, 2013
The GSN’s second conference in Guatemala is intended to build on the success of our conference there in 2011 and to continue our work of connecting scholars working on Guatemala. Our primary goal is to create an inclusive and informal setting emphasizing exchange, discussion and networking. There will be a series of round tables with short discussion by panelists and then wide ranging discussion from the audience. Panels will be organized around a range of topics and will be announced as plans develop. There will be no formal call for panel or paper proposals, however, those interested in participating should contact the program committee members Todd Little-Siebold (tlittle-siebold @coa.edu), Oscar Pelaez, and Tom Offit (Thomas_Offit@baylor.edu). Please send ideas and suggestions for panel topics to the committee as well.
Call for Proposals – New Research Workshop (For graduate students and younger scholars)
There will also be a workshop devoted to highlighting the work of graduate students and younger scholars currently working in the field or writing up their work. Grad students and younger scholars interested in presenting at that workshop the should contact Todd Little-Siebold (email@example.com). Each participant will be given the opportunity to do a brief (five minutes?) presentation on their research in a workshop setting. There are fifteen to twenty spaces available for this workshop and space will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
5. NEW MAJOR BOOK ON GUATEMALAN MIGRATION TO THE US BY GSNER DAVID STOLL (LINK TO COUPON)
El Norte or Bust!
How Migration Fever and Microcredit
Produced a Financial Crash in a Latin American Town
(use code 4F12STOLL for 25% discount through February 1, 2013)
From the preface:
This book is about Guatemalan peasants who crashed shortly before Wall Street did. I have been interviewing the people of Nebaj since the 1980s. Never did I expect them to become a leading indicator in the 2008 financial meltdown. Most Nebajenses still cultivate patches of maize on hillsides. They would consider themselves lucky to own a cow. They would like to be known for their hard work, their loyalty to their families, and their faith in God. Their good cheer and animosities, their provincialism and ingenuity, remind me of the 19th Century Americans portrayed by Mark Twain and the 19th Century Britons portrayed by Charles Dickens. With little to hope from police or judiciary, let alone a state-supported safety net or their community, they are self-reliant, resourceful, and moralistic. When there is no hope, they invent it.
In the international media, the people of Nebaj pop up only as victims of genocide in Guatemala’s late (1962-1996) civil war. As of this writing, a former chief of state is on trial for the murder of 267 non-combatants by army units operating under his authority. The trial is being attended by survivors and is being followed by other Nebajenses. Usually, however, being victims of genocide is less on their minds than being without work. They have been producing large families for several generations and they are running out of land. So great is their need for employment that, when they became a magnet for international aid projects, including a generous flow of microcredits, they invested the loans in an enterprise not foreseen by aid experts. They smuggled themselves to the United States. Just as U.S. investment bankers borrowed many times their net worth to produce higher returns, Nebajenses borrowed many times their annual income in order to seek higher wages in U.S. labor markets. Those who couldn’t go borrowed to invest in the journeys of those who could…..
6. EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR IMMIIGRATION RELATED TRIAL IN BOULDER
My name is Megan Hall and I am an immigration lawyer in private practice in Boulder, CO. I am working on a case in which I think it might be useful to include a brief report or opinion letter from an expert on Mayan culture, and I am writing to see if this is something you might be interested in doing.
I am preparing an “unlawful presence” waiver for a Guatemalan woman in her early 20s. She is from Huehuetenango and speaks Quiche. Her parents both have green cards, and her father petitioned for her to get her green card as well. Unfortunately, because the young woman had been in the U.S. without permission for more than a year before she returned to Guatemala to apply for her green card, in order to get the green card, she also needs a waiver of her unlawful presence. To win that waiver, she must show that her parents will suffer extreme hardship if she can’t come back. Showing hardship to parents can be very difficult, especially in a case like this where the family is large and there are many other siblings here in the U.S. who live with the parents and can help them.
Another attorney prepared and filed a previous waiver application, which was denied. I am now preparing a new waiver application and looking to make it much stronger.
I am hoping to be able to make the argument that as the oldest daughter, my client occupies a special role in the family, and that the role of caring for her aging parents would traditionally fall to her. This seems to be the case based on what the family has told me, but I am looking for an expert to verify this. I am looking for a written report or letter addressing this point. I would need the report within about the next four to six weeks.
If this is something you might be able to help with, please let me know your rates for performing this type of work. If you are unable to help, I would appreciate it if you could steer me toward someone else who may be able to assist.
Thank you in advance for your time!
Green and Gardner, LLC
1790 30th Street, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301
7. NEW BOOK ON SOL TAX AND ACTION ANTHROPOLOGY WITH LOTS OF GSN PARTICPATION
A useful book of essays focusing on Sol Tax and Action Anthropology has just been released. Contributions by GSN members dealing with Guatemala suggest the utility of its announcement's inclusion in your Monday Mailer. Here is the editor, Darby Stapp's, brief announcement:
"Announcing a new publication: Action Anthropology and Sol Tax in 2012: The Final Word?, edited by Darby C. Stapp (2012, Memoir 8, Journal of Northwest Anthropology, 265pp, $10.99).
This edited volume includes 14 chapters about Action Anthropology and Sol Tax by his student-colleagues, his daughters, and others influenced by the man and the intellectual tradition he inspired. Also included are commentaries, historical items of interest, and a complete bibliography of his work. A flyer with more information and the Table of Contents is available at: http://www.