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GSN MONDAY MAILER NOVEMBER 11 2013

Posted by administrador on Monday, November 11, 2013 in News.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR AAA MEETINGS PRESENTATION/POSTER INFO FOR INCLUSION IN NEXT WEEKS MAILER, AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE GSN MEETING AT THE AAA’S ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22ND FROM 6:15-7:30
 
1.      A FEW INTERESTING LINKS
2.      CHORTI MAYA BILINGUAL EDUCATORS MURDERED IN HONDURAS
3.      MAYA MEETINGS ON TIKAL COMING TO ANTIGUA IN JANUARY
4.      EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL CASE
5.      AGRARIAN STUDIES JOURNAL TERRITORIOS ATTATCHED ABOVE
6.      UNBC-RIGHTS ACTION EDUCATIONAL FIELD SCHOOL / DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA, May 12-25, 2014
 


 
1.      A FEW INTERESTING LINKS
a.       GUATEMALA WITHDRAWS FROM PETROCARIBE ALLIANCE http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-guatemala-withdraws-petrocaribe-oil-alliance/1783626.html
b.      RIOS MONTT TRIAL TO RESUME IN 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24833642
c.       GUATEMALAN LAWYER GOES TO US TO PRESS THE RIOS MONTT CASE http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/guatemala-jose-efrain-rios-montt-genocide
 


 
2.      CHORTI MAYA BILINGUAL EDUCATORS MURDERED IN HONDURAS
 
Below is information on the murder of two bilingual intercultural education teachers among the maya Chorti in the last month. Their family members are part of a craft Project that had a craft exhibition at the Unviersity of Kansas two weeks ago and has two presentations of crafts here in Bellingham, WA and Seattle, WA this week. The information below explains why there have been almost no Maya Chorti bilingual intercultural education teachers until they graduated last year.  when I went to visit the Chorti in 1996, the rumor was that there were no education programs above 3rd grade, because the land owners in the área prefered that the indians have no other educational opportunities than being peons or sharecroppers on the big haciendas in the áreaThe article on the death of the Chorti teachers is by Adalid martinez, the honduran anthropologist
 
SEE ATTACHMENT ABOVE


 
3.      MAYA MEETINGS ON TIKAL COMING TO ANTIGUA IN JANUARY
 
Have you registered for The 2014 Maya Meetings?  Registration page is  open and  spaces are filling  out!
 
The 2014 Maya Meetings takes place in Antigua, Guatemala January 7-11, 2014 
For the first time in over a decade 2014 Maya Meetings will focus on the archaeology and history of Tikal, Guatemala – long renowned as one of the great kingdoms of ancient Maya civilization. The conference and workshops will feature new research on various fronts, revealing changes in our conception of Tikal as a city, as a court, and as a community. Presentations by noted and upcoming scholars will highlight the ways archaeology and epigraphy are reevaluating Tikal’s key role in the political and cultural history of the central lowlands. The meetings will also look at the history of research at Tikal, and the remarkable legacy of early excavations on the present-day methods and science of Maya archaeology. Please join us in Antigua for a fun and fascinating experience!
 
The 2014 Maya Meetings will offer the following workshops:

Workshops:January 7-9, 2014  
Intermediate Hieroglyph Workshop- leader Harri Kettunen
Early Classis Inscriptions from the Central Petén- leader Davis Stuart
Taller de Jeroglíficos para Principiantes-leader Guillermo Kantún
Taller de Jeroglíficos para Nivel Intermedio- leader Daniel Law 
More information regarding the workshops http://www.utmesoamerica.org/maya/workshops
 
Symposium January 10-11, 2014
Simultaneous translation provided at Symposium. 
http://www.utmesoamerica.org/maya/2014-maya-meetings-symposium-program
 
Registration and information about Antigua can be found at our website:   http://www.utmesoamerica.org/maya/registration
 
Also attached is the information regarding the special preview of the documentary "Dance of The Maize God" which will be an event free and open to the public.
 
Best,
Paola Bueché
Senior Program Coordinator
The Mesoamerica Center
University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd.
ART 1.412 Stop D1300
Austin, TX 78712-0337
 
Office Phone: (512) 471-6292
website: http://www.utmesoamerica.org
http://www.utmesoamerica.org/casa/
http://www.utmaya.org/


 
4.      EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED FOR CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL CASE
 
just got off the phone with Tom Boreman on a Guatemalan non-lawful permanent resident cancellation of removal case for which he is the expert.  He is covering all the criminal, corruption, etc. side but we are in need of an expert on the education system and life style issues (getting a job for experienced American business woman being forced to move to Guatemala, quality of education in both the private and public schools for their son and possible discrimination of child, etc.
 
Any recommendations you might have?  Our hearing is Dec. 30 2013 and would need to be in touch with expert right away.  We thought we had someone but it did not work out and are looking again.
 
Thank you for your help.
 
Lisa Johnson-Firth, Esq.
 
Immigrants First, PLLC
9117 Church Street
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone 703-335-2009
Cell 703-868-8801
Fax 703-335-5755


 
5.      AGRAIRIAN STUDIES JOURNAL TERRITORIOS ATTATCHED ABOVE
 
Como bien saben la revista TERRITORIOS es publicada una vez al año  por el Instituto de Estudios Agrarios y Rurales de CONGCOOP.  En esta ocasión se elaboró con dos objetivos  y propósitos,  el primero busca, como en cada número,  aportar elementos de reflexión sobre los problemas surgidos a raíz de las nuevas dinámicas rurales en Guatemala.  El segundo objetivo es bastante especial, ya  que coincide con   un reconocimiento a los 100 años del nacimiento de una histórica figura política guatemalteca: JACOBO ÁRBENZ GUZMÁN, ex presidente (gobernó durante 1951-1954) que echó andar el  proyecto más ambicioso  de reforma agraria encaminada a la búsqueda de modernización y justicia en el agro guatemalteco. El título de la revista es: Tierra en disputa: despojo, reforma agraria y acaparamiento.
Adjuntamos PDF.


6.      UNBC-RIGHTS ACTION EDUCATIONAL FIELD SCHOOL / DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA, May 12-25, 2014
   
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The University Of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) & Rights Action invite you to join an
 
EDUCATIONAL FIELD SCHOOL / DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA
MAY 12-25, 2014
 


GEOGRAPHIES OF CULTURE, RIGHTS & POWER:
The Global Order, Injustice, and Resistance in Guatemala
 
The UNBC Geography Program and Rights Action are co-organizing a Geography field school to Guatemala for the Spring 2014 semester, Our tentative dates are late April/early May (on-campus) and May 2014 (Guatemala portion) – tentatively May 12-25, 2014.
 
APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES:
We hope you will consider participating in this Field school and, perhaps, inform other students who may be interested as well.  This field school is for UNBC students as well as students at universities across Canada – both senior undergrads & graduate students.  We will facilitate non-UNBC student participation via Skype before our departure. 
 
Please contact us for an application form – DUE: December 10, 2013.
 
THE PLAN:
The first week of the course takes place at the UNBC campus in Prince George. Students will prepare for this intense week of classes by reading material made available one month before the course commences — tentatively planned for the end of April into early days of May 2014. During the UNBC-based seminars we will discuss both theoretical issues of power and human rights as well as specific historical and contemporary aspects of Guatemala's violent past and present. Pre-reading and course work will help to prepare you for an intense Field School experience in Guatemala.
 
Weeks two and three take place in Guatemala. Grahame Russell of Rights Action will facilitate all aspects of our time in Guatemala including set-up, guiding, translation, transportation, and so forth. All students will return to Antigua for a final day of reflection, discussion, and analysis of our various experiences. The final form and content of the Field school will be worked out in consultation with Rights Action, participating students, and Dr. Nolin.
 
Over the course of 14 full days in Guatemala, participants will meet with Guatemalans and some North Americans working for human rights and the environment. The group will travel (by rented van) to and spend nights in rural communities seeking justice for environmental and health harms caused by North American mining companies; to the coffee-growing regions of the country to meet with indigenous organizations working for Fair Trade and equitable trade arrangements; communities resisting forced eviction from their ancestral lands to make way for African palm 'for export'; meet with people working for the rights of sweat-shop (maquiladora) workers; and human rights organizations & the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation who work to clarify past violence, historical memory and justice. (Closer to the actual dates, UNBC-Rights Action will set out a detailed 14-day itinerary.)
 
TYPE OF PARTICIPANT:
This field school / delegation is for undergraduates & graduate students who are concerned about: global exploitation and poverty; military interventions and repression; the global "development" model and environmental destruction; and, about courageous people and their courageous work and struggles for community-controlled development, protection of the environment, human rights and justice, and for democracy.
 
FIELD SCHOOL LEADERS –
 
CATHERINE NOLIN:  Dr. Catherine Nolin is an Associate Professor of Geography and has long-standing interests in issues of Maya refugee movement, Guatemalan migration and refugee experiences in Canada, and critical development studies. Catherine has organized and facilitated six field schools to Guatemala in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 (plus a graduate student delegation in August 2010), and 2012 and one interdisciplinary field school to Peru.
 
GRAHAME RUSSELL:  Grahame Russell is a non-practising lawyer, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Colombia, author, and, since 1995, co-director of Rights Action. Rights Action funds community-controlled development, environmental defense and human rights projects in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as Chiapas, El Salvador and Oaxaca; and carries out education and activism work in the USA and Canada related to global human rights, environmental and development issues.
 
COURSES:
 
REQUIRED COURSES:
GEOGRAPHY 333 – GEOGRAPHY Field School
GEOGRAPHY 426/626 – GEOGRAPHIES of Culture, Rights & Power
 
OPTIONAL COURSE:
INDEPENDENT Study (arranged with your home program taken concurrently or immediately after the field school)
 
COST = $1400 + airfare + tuition
 

Items Expense
 
Weeks One & Two: food, accommodation, translation, guiding, and honorariums for local community-based groups – based on approx. 14 days in-country
 
 
$1400 (approx.)
Total excluding:
·         Airfare
·         meals in Antigua
·         spending money
·         UNBC tuition fees & reading material
 
$900-$1000
$60
$150 (?)
$1000
 
 
Rough Guide to Total Costs
 
 
$3600

 
 
This field school fee covers: 14 nights of hotel; 3 meals a day for 14 days; transportation in-country; trip organization, guiding, translation; honorariums for some people and communities we meet with, etc. (Participants pay for their own travel to and from Guatemala – though we will coordinate schedules to travel together)
 
RISK:
Grahame & Catherine will have discussions with interested persons about the possible risks involved with this delegation, before people decide to join or not. Since 1995, with Rights Action, Grahame has planned and led over 50 such delegations to Honduras, Guatemala, Chiapas and Oaxaca, and never had any serious problems.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Grahame Russell, info@rightsaction.org, 1-860-751-4285
Catherine Nolin, Catherine.nolin@unbc.ca, 1-250-960-5875
 
https://www.facebook.com/UNBCGuate2014?ref=hl
www.rightsaction.org / www.facebook.com/rightsaction.org
 
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Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226  

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