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GSN MONDAY MAILER JANUARY 05 2015

Posted by on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

  1. A FEW GSN-RELATED BUSINESS MATTERS
  2. A FEW LINKS
  3. LINK TO NEW SHORT FILM BY MAJOR DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER AND GSN SUPPORTER PAMELA YATES
  4. GREAT AND TIMELY NEW PIECE BY GSN’ER GEORGE LOVELL ON RIOS MONTT AND CURRENT EVENTS IN GUATEMALA (SEE PDF ABOVE)
  5. OBSIDIAN ANALYST NEEDED FOR SUMMER ARCAEOLOGICAL PROJECT ON LAKE ATITLAN
  6. FREELANCE TELEPHONIC INTERPRETERS NEEDED FOR MAM-ENGLISH TRANSLATION
  7. THE GSN MEETING AT THE AAA MEETINGS REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER ABIGAIL ADAMS
  8. AN UPDATE AND AN APPEAL FROM MAJOR FILM MAKER AND GSN SUPPORTER LUIS ARGUETA     

  1. LOOK FOR TO MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE NEXT BULLETIN:
    1. LOOKING FOR NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTIONS FOR NEW GSN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND OFFICERS, DETAILS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
    2. GSN SUMMER 2015 CONFERENCE IN SET FOR JULY OF 2015 IN ANTIGUA, DATES WILL BE FINALIZED AND AN OFFICIAL CALL FOR PAPERS WILL GO OUT IN THE NEXT MAILER
    3. GSN Membership 2015 Dues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    4. The GSN needs your dues! We have more than 400 folks on the list, and we get new addresses every day                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ALL DUES GO TO PROGRAMMING (conferences and meetings), to support the MAYA EDCUATIONAL FOUNDATION, and our WEBSITE.  No member or office is getting paid or receiving anything for this effort. We have administration costs that the folks at Heifer Int'l would be jealous of.Your dues give you access to the GSN Directory and are required to register for the GSN Conference. GSN Dues:                                                                                                                                                                               Dues are $50 for non-students, $25 for students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Individuals residing in Guatemala are not required to pay dues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pay via Paypal: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pay by check: make check out to Avery Dickins de Girón and mail to her at: PMB 351806; 2301 Vanderbilt Place; Nashville, TN 37235-1806. 


2. A FEW LINKS

A. NEW TRIAL FOR RIOS MONTT BEGINNING THIS WEEK !!! http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/12/18/guatemala-high-court-paves-way-for-new-genocide-trial-against-ex-dictator-rios-montt






3. LINK TO NEW SHORT FILM BY MAJOR DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER AND GSN SUPPORTER PAMELA YATES 


Dear Colleagues,


Here is the short film, based on new reporting in 2014, about the scene in “When the Mountains Tremble” from 1982.
It has been published on the PBS/POV website because the POV series on PBS is our broadcast partner.
Both the short film and my accompanying essay are in English as well as Spanish.

I hope it will be useful to all of you who use “When the Mountains Tremble” and “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” in your work.

Pamela Yates

 




4. GREAT AND TIMELY NEW PIECE BY GSN’ER GEORGE LOVELL ON RIOS MONTT AND CURRENT EVENTS IN GUATEMALA (SEE PDF ABOVE)




5. OBSIDIAN ANALYST NEEDED FOR SUMMER ARCAEOLOGICAL PROJECT ON LAKE ATITLAN


OBSIDIAN ANALYST NEEDED FOR RESEARCH ON THE CLASSIC TO POSTCLASSIC TRANSITION IN THE LAKE ATITLAN BASIN – JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2015

 

The Proyecto Arqueologico Lago Atitlan (PALA) will investigate how rural communities based in the western part of the Lake Atitlan Basin coped with the risks and changes associated with Classic to Postclassic transition. The project, which is funded by an NSF dissertation enhancement grant, is set to begin reconaissance in March, 2015, with test excavations beginning in June and laboratory analysis following this from July to September 2015. Due to the loss of our original co-director, the project is currently without an obsidian analyst. As obsidian was not available in the Lake Atitlan area it had to be imported from elsewhere and there were only a couple of routes by which it could enter the lake. During the Terminal Classic and Postclassic periods, it is expected that feuds with neighboring groups such as the Cotzumalguapa polity to the south and the Kaqchikel to the east would have caused disruptions to the availability of this material. The obsidian analysis could therefore reveal important information about regional political and economic changes as well as the shifting power dynamics between different communities based around the lake.

 

The obsidian research would be particularly well suited to a graduate student in the early stages of their research, who is looking for a potential Masters topic. Detailed analysis of the recovered materials will not begin until July, but candidates are also encouraged to participate in the fieldwork portions if possible. The project will cover food and accommodation and will also contribute towards travel expenses.

 

If interested, please contact Gavin Davies at grdavies3@gmail.com or call 859 421 9821.

 

Please also honor us with your support for the project by liking our Facebook page at the following link. https://www.facebook.com/atitlanarchaeology?ref=hl

 

Thanks!!




6. FREELANCE TELEPHONIC INTERPRETERS NEEDED FOR MAM-ENGLISH TRANSLATION


Greetings

 

Your information was given to me by Ms. Joyce Bennett and she also gave me some information about Guatemala Scholars Network. We are a language service provider company and we provide Telephonic, On-site and Video remote interpretation to different clients including Hospitals, doctor's offices, immigration court, utility companies, insurance company and a lot of other different type of clients. I asked Ms Joyce if she knows any Mam <> English Interpreter and I was directed to you with the hope that you might be able to help us out and you send a weekly email to a group of people that might be able to generate some result for us.

 

Please let me know if you have any requirement if we want to post something in the weekly announcement email.

 

This independently contracted interpreter opportunity is for Telephonic Interpretation and we compensate for every completed minute of interpretation.

 

If you know anyone proficient in Mam and English, please forward me the contact details.

 

I really appreciate your help with this.

 

Hope to hear from you soon.


Regards,

 

 

Subas Nazir
Vendor Procurement Sourcing Specialist

Language Services Associates
US – 800.305.9673 X55385
UK – 0808.234.1917
Fax – 215.259.7303

www.lsaweb.com




7. THE GSN MEETING AT THE AAA MEETINGS REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER ABIGAIL ADAMS


Over 32 GSNers gathered at the AAA meetings on Friday, December 5, 2014, and lubricated by scholarly concerns, activist fervor, Quetzalteca, and boxed wine, minuted our continuing appreciation to Tom Offit for his work with the weekly mailer. Thanks, Tom! In addition to hearing announcements and updates on peoples' research, GSN raised some $700 for the Maya Educational Foundation. Carol Hendrickson provided a political party T-Shirt that Ted Fischer then auctioned off, with Kedron Thomas scoring the winning bid. We urge GSN members to contribute to MEF, and to remember the organization in our end-of-the-year donations.




8. AN UPDATE AND AN APPEAL FROM MAJOR FILM MAKER AND GSN SUPPORTER LUIS ARGUETA


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Dear Thomas,
 

I write today to ask that you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the final two films in my trilogy on immigration, ABRAZOS and The U-Turn. As an independent filmmaker, I do not have the luxury of a big bankroll from a Hollywood studio—but I do have you. I hope you will consider becoming a funder of these new films.  No matter the level of giving, your support makes a huge difference.
 

abUSed: The Postville Raid, the first in the trilogy, recounts the stories of families in a small Iowa town that survived the most brutal, most expensive, and largest immigration raid in US history.  The film was accepted into some 20 international film festivals, aired twice on PBS, and had more than 200 screenings. I hope you will DONATE NOW.*
 

In Minnesota, on one of my speaking tours for abUSed: The Postville Raid, an audience member shared her desire to take US citizen children of Guatemalan immigrants to meet their grandparents for the first time. It was then that the second of the trilogy, ABRAZOS, was born. I was given full access to 12 mixed-status families as the children prepared for their journey, their first encounters with their grandparents — and in some cases their siblings — and their reflections on the significance of their trek. The film is chiefly about the importance of family, the discovery of one’s identity, and the pain of family separation caused by our broken immigration system. ABRAZOS was completed this past summer; in Guatemala, we secured funding for the Spanish language version from UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, Plan International, UNHCR ACNUR The UN Agency for Refugees, Missionaries of Saint Charles Scalabrinians, The Human Mobility Pastoral Commission of the Guatemalan Episcopal Conference, PARAELISA Foundation, World Vision and AWO International, and are partnering with them on a country-wide civic engagement campaign. Now, with your help we can fund a US distribution and civic engagement campaign and identify organizations with whom we can partner to expand the reach of ABRAZOS in the United States.
 

In addition, my team is hard at work on post-production of the final film in the trilogy, The U-Turn, which tells the transformational stories of the women and under-age immigrant workers in Postville, who spoke up about the abuses they endured at the meatpacking plant there, and the community that would not abandon them. The film examines the U Visa, which offers protection to immigrant crime victims. Along with post-production support, your contribution will go toward developing a civic engagement campaign, educational materials, and a Spanish language version of the film.
 

President Obama’s recently announced executive action will help mitigate some of the effects of our immigration system, but the struggle for a lasting solution through immigration reform legislation continues. By contributing to change the narrative about immigrants, my film trilogy is part of that effort.

With my sincere appreciation for your attention and your support,

 

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Luis Argueta

DONATE NOW

*Tax deductible contributions can be made online or by mail. Checks should be made out to:
New York Immigration Coalition
137-139 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001-7200

For online giving in the additional options section:
1) please notify
luisarguetaa@gmail.com by email
2) make sure to designate your donation to either the
ABRAZOS/The U-Turn fund.

 

*Tax deductible contributions can be made online or by mail. Checks should be made out to:
New York Immigration Coalition
137-139 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10001-7200




Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226