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GSN MONDAY MAILER JULY 22 2013

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THANKS TO ALL FOR A WONDERFUL CONFERENCE!!!! A RECAP WILL BE COMING SOON. ANY AND ALL COMMENTS ON THE CONFERENCE/SUGGECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE SHOULD BE SENT TO Thomas_Offit@baylor.edu

REMEMBER MAILERS WILL BE FORTNIGHTLY UNTIL EARLY SEPTEMBER!

1.       THE GREATEST/ MOST ELOQUENT RESPONSE TO AN ATTACK AD EVER WRITTEN
2.       NEW ARTICLE AVAILABLE FROM THE Q’EQCHI’ SCHOLARS NETWORK
3.       MORE WEBEPISODES FROM DICTATOR IN THE DOCK
4.       GSN’ER DEB RODMAN MAKES 40 UNDER 40 OF RICHMOND FOR HER AMAZING SCHOLARSHIP AND ADVOCACY WORK
5.       NEW VOLUME AVAILABLE FROM U NEW MEXICO PRESS ON MAYA RELIGION AND CULTURAL PERFORMANCE
6.       AMERICAN SCHOOL OF GUATEMALA LOOKING FOR A NEW DIRECTOR


1.       THE GREATEST RESPONSE TO AN ATTACK AD EVER WRITTEN

AS MANY OF YOU ARE WELL AWARE, ANTHROPOLOGIST AND NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST (AMONG OTHER EXTRAORDINARY THINGS) IRMA ALICIA VELASQUEZ NIMATUJ HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY ATTACKED IN PRINT BY THE FOUNDATION AGAINST TERRORISM. DRA. VELASQUEZ NIMATUJ PUBLISHED THE LETTER BELOW IN RESPONSE TO THESE ATTACKS, AND IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY LETTER (SEE ATTATCHED)

Dear friends, professors and colleagues,

I want to thank you for all your solidarity and support in these times when extreme conservative sectors are struggling to regain control of the country.
I used my right to a reply that the national law gives me and wrote my answer to their accusations.
My response was published today on page 15, elPeriodico.
I´m sending you a copy, please feel free to share it widely.

In addition, I will initiate legal action against Ricardo Mendez Ruiz and the Fundacion contra el Terrorismo. If they are smart they will stop here, otherwise we will have to think of other actions against their attacks.
Thank you again, with all my solidarity.

Abrazos

IA.
Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj Ph.D.
Directora Ejecutiva
Mecanismo de Apoyo a los Pueblos Indigenas


2.       NEW ARTICLE AVAILABLE FROM THE Q’EQCHI’ SCHOLARS NETWORK

Dear Q’eqchi’ Scholars Network members:

We are now at 75 members and counting!  Anyone is welcome to post news or publications to the listserv, and it would be wonderful if we might habitually share recent publications.  In that spirit, I noticed that Megan Ybarra has a new article out in Antipode, complete with a video abstract.

http://vimeo.com/63206166

While not particularly adept myself at technology, I am looking into possibilities for a web portal where we can post/collect emergent news and publications.  In the meanwhile, our shared listserv address is:  QSN <komonex@googlegroups.com>  You have to post with the email address with which you joined; if you happen not to be logged into that account or you wish to make an anonymous post, you should always feel free to forward items to me and I will resend:  liza.grandia@gmail.com

Cheeril eerib’,
Liza

Estimados todos,

¡Contamos ahora con 75 miembros!  Es un mensajito mío para recordarse que todos uds. son bienvenidos de compartir noticias o publicaciones a la lista de distribución, y sería maravilloso si pudiéramos habitualmente compartir publicaciones recientes. En ese espíritu, recientemente, me di cuenta de que Megan Ybarra tiene un nuevo artículo en Antípoda, completo con un resumen de video.

http://vimeo.com/63206166

Aunque no soy particularmente adepto a la tecnología, estoy estudiando las posibilidades de crear un portal de web en el cual podemos recoger y pegar noticias y publicaciones emergentes. Mientras tanto, nuestra lista de correo electrónico compartido es: QSN <komonex@googlegroups.com>

Recuérdense de que hay que utilizar la dirección de email con la que se unió a la red, y si no es posible, puedan enviar artículos y/o comentarios anónimos a mi, y los volveré a enviar a todos por medio de mi cuenta:  liza.grandia @ gmail.com

Cheeril eerib’,
Liza

Liza Grandia
Moderator, Q’eqchi’ Scholars Network listserv
To send a message to the listserv, write: komonex@googlegroups.com (only members are allowed to post)
To subscribe, please write my gmail:  liza.grandia@gmail.com
Red Académica Q’eqchi’
Para enviar un mensaje al listado, escribe a:  komonex@googlegroups.com (solo para miembros)
Para apuntarse o recibir mayor información, póngase en contacto con la moderadora:  Liza Grandia, liza.grandia@gmail.com


3.       MORE WEBEPISODES FROM DICTATOR IN THE DOCK

La serie web EL DICTADOR EN EL BANQUILLO (PINCHAR)
Skylight filmó el juicio por genocidio de los generales Efraín Ríos Montt y José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez, desde su comienzo el 19 de marzo 2013 hasta su conclusión el 10 de mayo 2013. Efraín Ríos Montt fue jefe de estado por casi 17 meses durante 1982 y 1983 con José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez quien llegó a ser su Jefe de Inteligencia Militar. Los cargos de genocidio y crímenes de lesa humanidad surgieron de las masacres de la población indígena perpetradas por las tropas guatemaltecas y fuerzas paramilitares durante esta fase de la brutal y larga guerra civil que vivió el país. (same as blog)

 

Estos 24 webisodios te llevan adentro de la sala de justicia para iluminar momentos culminantes de este juicio histórico. Este juicio marca la primera vez en el mundo que un ex-jefe de estado enfrenta cargos por genocidio en un tribunal nacional. Este juicio fue un hito importante en el largo proceso de exigir que los líderes políticos y militares rindan cuentas por crímenes inimaginables. La resolución del juicio, con su veredicto e imposición de la pena, afirman el genocidio y los crímenes de lesa humanidad contra las poblaciones indígenas de Guatemala.
Es la primera vez en la historia de las Américas que alguien ha sido juzgado y condenado por el genocidio de los pueblos indígenas, en cualquier lugar de las Américas.
Vamos a estrenar el nuevo documental basado en el juicio, titulado “500 Años”, en 2014. Continuará la historia que comenzó con Cuando las Montañas Tiemblan en 1982, y que continuó con Granito de Arena en 2011.
Para docentes! En septiembre tendremos disponible una versión especial con contenido adicional, análisis contextual, y recursos suplementales.
Para más información o para pre-ordenar la serie, por favor contacte a Monica Wise: monica@skylightpictures.com

We filmed the entire genocide trial of General Efraín Ríos Montt, gavel to gavel, and have produced Dictator in the Dock, a series of 24 webisodes (3-5 minutes each) that will immerse you in the high drama of the courtroom.

We invite you to watch the Dictator in the Dock series in English or Spanish.
At the conclusion of the trial, on May 10, 2013, General Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, sentenced to 80 years and taken directly to prison from the courtroom.
The trial convulsed Guatemala, setting off a fierce backlash from the country’s ruling elite scrambling to deny that there ever was a genocide, because when the genocide was officially acknowledged in a national court of law, it busted history wide open and questioned the very legitimacy of the elite’s power.
In a legal maneuver reminiscent of the Jim Crow era in the U.S., the guilty verdict was “vacated” 10 days later by the Constitutional Court of Guatemala, fully exposing the apparatus of impunity.  It’s certainly not the first time that law has been used to protect the powerful.  But the trial is set to resume, and General Ríos Montt remains under house arrest.  Time will tell.
The Ríos Montt trial was the first time anywhere in the world that a former head of state was prosecuted for genocide in a national court. But as the unfolding drama in the courtroom revealed, the trial turned out to be about much more than the General’s personal responsibility for the atrocities he ordered against the Ixil Maya people of Guatemala during his dictatorship in 1982 and 1983. For the first time in the history of the Americas, the genocide of indigenous peoples was tried in a court of law. As Francisco Soto, legal representative of the Maya victims, said in his concluding statement, “Justice is poised to play an important role in the historical memory of our country.  For the first time in 500 years we are able to judge genocide.”
Over the past 30 years, in our films When the Mountains Tremble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, we have told the story of the conflict in Guatemala and the struggle to achieve justice for the atrocities committed. Our next film about the Guatemalan saga, with this epic trial at the center of the narrative, will be titled 500 years.


4.       GSN’ER DEB RODMAN MAKES 40 UNDER 40 OF RICHMOND FOR HER AMAZING SCHOLARSHIP AND ADVOCACY WORK

http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/debra-h-rodman-39/Content?oid=1623771

 


5.       NEW VOLUME AVAILABLE FROM U NEW MEXICO PRESS ON MAYA RELIGION AND CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

http://www.amazon.com/Indigenous-Religion-Cultural-Performance-World/dp/0826353185/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374546991&sr=8-1&keywords=OFFIT+COOK

 

Indigenous Religion and Cultural Performance in the New Maya World

Garrett W. Cook
Thomas A. Offit

Based on more than thirty years of ethnographic fieldwork in Highland Guatemala, this study of Maya diviners, shamans, ritual dancers, and religious brotherhoods describes the radical changes in traditional Maya religious practice wrought by economic globalization and political turmoil. Focusing on the primary participants in the annual festival in the K’iche’ Maya village of Santiago Momostenango, the authors show how older religious traditionalists and the new generation of “cultural activist” religious practitioners interact within a single local community, and how their competing agendas for adapting Maya religiosity to a new and continually changing political economy are perpetuating and changing Maya religious traditions.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Garrett W. Cook is professor of anthropology at Baylor University. He is the author of Renewing the Maya World: Expressive Culture in a Highland Town.
Thomas A. Offit is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Baylor. He is the author of Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City.
Rhonda Taube is an associate professor of art history at Riverside City College. With Christina Halperin, Katherine Faust, and Aurore Giguet, she is coeditor of Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena.

6 x 9 in. 240 pages 1 drawing, 57 halftones, 1 map
$50.00 hardcover 978-0-8263-5318-4


6.       AMERICAN SCHOOL OF GUATEMALA LOOKING FOR A NEW DIRECTOR

I am writing to you and a few other select thought leaders on Guatemala, about the search for a new General Director at the American School of Guatemala, to begin July, 2014. I’m hoping to speak with any potential General Director candidates in the next few weeks. If you or someone you know might be interested, please let me know. This is a tremendous leadership opportunity for the right educator – to lead this 1500-student, bi-lingual, bi-cultural school in Guatemala City – one of the top international schools in all of Central and South America. My contact info is below.

The school recently completed a strategic planning process and is in a strong position with regards to enrollment and finances. The school seeks a leader who will:

-Be visionary and strategic in all planning;

-Sustain the forward momentum the school has created;

-Advance the school’s mission and all that it entails;

-Maintain consensus and direction on the school’s new strategic plan;

-Conduct an assessment of campus facilities by analyzing current use of physical plant and identify growth potentials to support future enrollment and school needs;

-Broaden the scope of the school’s strong reputation at local, regional and national levels;

-Advance educational quality via 21st century teaching ideas;

-Maintain the leadership role the school has developed as being a beacon of innovation and forward thinking;

-Champion great teaching;

-Inspire a culture of growth and development for ongoing school success and academic excellence.

Salary and benefits are competitive, and include housing and travel. Applications are due in August, but I hope to connect with all candidates before then. I invite you to contact me by phone or email: jbradley@educatorscollaborative.com or tel +1 603 545 7689 (US East Coast).

Thank you.

Regards,

Jeff Bradley

 

P.S. For more details on this position, please visit:
http://educatorscollaborative.info/american-school-of-guatemala/


Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226

 

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