2. UPDATE ON AVANCSO
3. ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD SCHOOL IN HIGHLAND GUATEMALA
4. MA STUDENT IN ANTIGUA LOOKING FOR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
5. OSEA SUMMER FIELD PROGRAMS IN YUCATAN
6. UPDATES ON COMMUNITY RADIO IN GUATEMALA FROM CULTURAL SURVIVAL
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/annual-membership-dues
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).
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In the midst of the fast breaking events around the trial, the following is to keep people al dia about AVANCSO (and I don't know what news people get and what not). Below is the the Conferencia Episcopal statement., and as well a petition signed by 522 — as the organizers put it -"-Personas individuales, académic@s, feministas, periodistas, artistas, organizaciones sociales y demás firmantes del comunicado. "
Last Wed, this latter group held a press conference– and about 40 of these signees showed-up. Carolina Escobar Sarti, Irma Alicia Velasquez, – and I forget who else– spoke at it. In addition to the solidarity expressed– quite striking were the detailed appreciations about what AVANCSO is,what it has published, that it is independent and what it has meant since it started over 25 years ago. This is true of the articles in Plaza Publica and some of the opinion pieces in the press. One of the articles in PP, I think by Karen Ponciano–not sure- discussed the predominant role of women in starting and sustaining AVANCSO. A generation down, Lily Munoz of La Cuerda, Carolina, and Irma Alicia are the forces behind the 500 plus petition campaign. Don't know what to say about this, but it left me thinking. I spoke to Clara Saturday, all are so revived by what for them has been an unexpected outpouring of support, and the bit by bit arrivals of laps tops; these are super appreciated. If no one else is going from NY, I will figure out a way to get the 4 that Alex ( Velasco) has gotten and take them at the beginning of March. Given the Open society's generosity and resources, what Luis brought, Charlie sent, what Mary Jo, and Kate are bringing plus the ones I get are enough..
Not to be corny but solidarity has tremendous power.
Ethnographic Field School in Highland Guatemala
Study the life and culture of the highland Maya
June 19—July 31, 2013
6 undergraduate credits in anthropology
Program website: http://www.global.vcu.edu/abroad/programs/vcu/programdetail/p80.aspx
Registration deadline: March 15, 2013
Program Director: Dr. Maury Hutcheson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program cost: $2,250 (includes roundtrip airfare) plus applicable VCU tuition for 6 undergraduate credits.
Course description: Based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, this six-week program provides students with a comprehensive overview of Mayan indigenous life in Guatemala, past and present, including opportunities for individual and group research through participant observation, attendance at cultural events, lectures on selected topics, and excursions to museums and major archaeological sites dating from the earliest days of the Olmec/Maya transition to the contact-era capitals that were toppled by the Spanish conquistadors. Highland Guatemala provides an ideal setting in which to explore anthropological topics such as cultural pluralism, religious conservation and change, local responses to globalization, and cultural revitalization movements. Students will gain practical experience in a variety of ethnographic research techniques as well as the ethical dimension of anthropological fieldwork while exploring historical continuities and transformations in Mayan culture and religious practice, especially in response to economic globalization and tourism. Students live with Guatemalan families. Course instruction is in English, but incorporates two weeks of individualized one-on-one tutoring in Spanish. The program is especially well suited to students in anthropology, international studies, history, and religious studies. Interethnic relations between the Maya and their non-indigenous Ladino neighbors are a special focus of the program.
The international program fee of $2,250 includes the following:
Roundtrip airfare between Washington, DC and Guatemala City 
All accommodations in Guatemala
All meals while living with Guatemalan families
Study visits and cultural excursions to museums and archaeological sites
All ground transportation in Guatemala
On-site program director support
Application fee, deposit, and International Student Identification Card
(Personal expenses not included in the program fee are estimated at $600)
 Transfer credits are available for non-VCU students. The Virginia in-state tuition is $327.50 per credit ($1,965 total for six credits). Out-of-state students who participate in faculty-led VCU Study Abroad programs are eligible for a 40% discount on the regular out-of-state tuition costs. For 2013, the discounted out-of-state tuition for this program will be @ $532 per credit.
 Pending authorization, out-of-state students students may, in special cases, be permitted to depart from and/or return to a different major airport hub.
For more information, and to apply, visit the Global Education Office website: http://www.global.vcu.edu/abroad/programs/vcu/programdetail/p80.aspx
My name is Corey Savage, and I am a recent graduate from NYU with an M.A. in education and social policy, focusing in quantitative analysis. I will be living in La Antigua until July and am looking for a paid position as a research assistant. Please contact me at email@example.com for my CV and to discuss opportunities.
OSEA Field Study Abroad 2013
Ethnography Field School, 7 weeks 8 credits.
Ideal for students seeking comprehensive training in ethnographic methods with cultural immersion in Mexico. Participants design and conduct independent field research on topics of their choosing such as tourism, global youth culture, heritage, sustainable community. June 9-July 27
Maya Health and Healing, 4 weeks 6 credits
Intensive course in medical anthropology “shadowing” midwifes, bone-setters, spiritualists, herbalists, allopathic doctors in rural clinics, and other specialists of non-invasive surgery. Ideal for medical anthropologists and Pre-Med students interested in social medicine. Choice of two sessions: (A) Jun 9 to July 6 and (B) June 30 to July 27.
Teach English Community Action Research, 6 weeks 8 credits
Participants become English teachers for Maya children and Ethnographers in a community action research project that uses Maya folklore and heritage as the content of language learning. Participate in Maya cultural revitalization . June 23-Aug 2
Intensive Maya Language Immersion, 6 weeks 8 credits,
A six week intensive course focused entirely on Maya language and culture. Ideal for advanced students seeking rigorous training in total immersion context. FLAS eligible.
osea courses are accredited through its partner
the Facultad de Antropología of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
OSEA also offers
7-Day Intensive Spanish Courses
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ree, Prior and Informed Consent Initiative:
Q'eqchi Maya Communities Meet Across Borders
This weekend, on January 26-27, 2013, Cultural Survival held an exchange between Q'eqchi Maya communities in Belize and Guatemala to talk about strategies for implementing the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, and how community radio can be used as a tool for doing so. Members of community radio stations in Guatemala are teamed up with the Defensoria Q'eqchi, an Indigenous rights law organization based in El Estor, Isabal, Guatemala and the Indigenous environmental management organization SATIIM to visit four communities outside the Sarstoon Temash National Park in Southern Belize. In the towns of Midway, Conejo, Crique Sarco, and Blue Creek, participants traded stories about how each counterpart has used the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent to implement their self-determination as Indigenous peoples, and discuss ways in which community radio can be a tool to help inform about these strategies.
Community Radio Program Update:
Community Radio Movement Releases Book
On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 the community radio movement in Guatemala held a book release presenting a newly published Spanish language text. Titled "RADIO COMUNITARIA: Su Historia ante un Estado Racista en Guatemala y sus Fundamentos Jurídicos," the book outlines the history of the community radio in Guatemala, the argument for its legalization, and the history of racism on behalf of the government of Guatemala that has kept Indigenous communities from controlling their own forms of media. It was published with the support of Cultural Survival, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights in Guatemala, the Norwegian Embassy of Guatemala, the Programa Maya, and the Council of Mayan Organizations.
Department of Anthropology