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GSN MONDAY MAILER MARCH 02 2015

Posted by on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!GSN MEETING AT SOCIETY FOR APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY MEETINGS IN PITTSBURGH WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH 5:30-7:20 IN ROOM Laughlin
 
 

Guatemala Scholars Network

CALL FOR PAPERS

Third biannual Summer Conference 

La Antigua, Guatemala (July 9th– 11th  2015

 

The Guatemalan Scholars Network (GSN) is seeking proposals for discussion base Invited Sessions, and Workshops to be presented in Guatemala.  This year’s emphasize is to promote a forum style discussion by bringing together perspectives across disciplines on proposed topics.  The program coordinators are particularly interested in topics that touch on the use of documentary resources such as archives, photography, film, and web sources.  We seek to highlight the organization’s mission of serving as an academic and scholar network across disciplines, institutions, and nations.   This is a great opportunity to engage in a deep discussion with Guatemalan scholars who have seldom opportunities to attend conferences abroad.  If you have specific theme proposals or want more information please contact conference organizers Sergio Romero (sergio.romero@austin.utexas.edu) or Christa Little-Siebold (christalittlesiebold@gmail.com)


Graduate students and young scholars working on Guatemala who are currently working in the field or writing up their work are encouraged to give a 5 minute abstract presentation of their work.  Based on the great demand presented on the last two conferences the twenty spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. 


Pre-registration is open until June 1st: $75 professionals, $30 students (includes a dinner).

On-site registration: $100 professionlas, $50 students (includes a dinner).

Registration is free for members in Latin America.

To register your 2015 dues membership must be up to date, you may pay dues at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

For questions, contact Kasia Szremski at kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu

 

Inscripción abierta hasta el 1ero de junio:  $75 profesionales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción después del 1ero de junio:  $100 profesinales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción para miembros de GSN latinaomericanos es gratis.  La cuota de 2015 debe de estar pagada:  http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

Para inscribirse a la conferencia es importante tener pagada la cuota de membresía de GSN.

Para más información o para incsribirse favor de referirse a: Kasia Szremski, kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu


 

 
  1. A FEW LINKS
  2. JOURNALIST SEEKS EXPERT ON PUSH FACTORS ON MIGRATION TO US AND CIVIL SOCIETY AND CHILDHOOD MALNUTRITION
  3. NATIONAL HISTORY DAY AT UFM NEEDS YOU TO BE A JUDGE
  4. Oxlajuj Iq’: Mayan Language Institute 2015 Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Antigua, Guatemala | June 14 – July 25, 2015

  5. TROUBLING NEWS ON THE DENTENTION OF THREE COMMUNITY LEADERS IN HUEHUETENANGO
  6. EXCELLENT ETHNOHISTORY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN XELA


  1. A FEW LINKS
    1. PORTILLO’S WELCOME HOME http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/02/25/warm-welcome-home-expected-for-former-guatemalan-leader-after-time-served-in-u-s-prison https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/26442383/guatemalas-ex-president-portillo-home-from-us-jail/
    2. SENATE DEMOCRATS BALK AT 1 BILLION DOLLAR AID PLAN FOR CENTRAL AMERICA http://www.latimes.com/nation/immigration/la-fg-kerry-senate-20150225-story.html
    3. WILL BIDEN’S BILLION DOLLAR PLAN HELP CENTRAL AMERICA http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/will-bidens-billion-dollar-plan-help-central-america



2. JOURNALIST SEEKS EXPERT ON PUSH FACTORS ON MIGRATION TO US AND CIVIL SOCIETY AND CHILDHOOD MALNUTRITION

My name is Will James. I'm currently a reporter with Newsday, where I cover the East End of Long Island, a region that has seen an influx of immigrants from Guatemala in recent years.
Last year, I wrote a story about a Guatemalan man who had his skull fractured in a baseball bat attack on the streets of Long Island. I began to wonder about the conditions that drove Guatemalans (and others in Central America) to risk their lives coming to New York, where they often face discrimination, low wages, and poor working and housing conditions. I started learning Spanish, reading about the history of Guatemala and gathering data on the United States’ efforts to improve life there.
I'm currently working on a grant application (due March 16) to help fund a reporting trip to Guatemala later this year. I want to spend approximately two weeks in Guatemala working on stories exploring some socio-economic issues in Guatemala, a country that doesn't get a lot of news coverage.
I'm reaching out you as national coordinator of the Guatemala Scholars Network. I'm trying to reach one or more scholars who are well-versed in the politics, economics and culture of modern Guatemala, and efforts by the Guatemalan and U.S. governments and NGOs to improve civil society and the quality of life there.
I am hoping you can steer me to one or more scholars well-versed in these topics.

I am interested in the efforts (by both the U.S. government and NGOs) to strengthen the justice system in Guatemala to help lower murder and crime rates, among the highest in the world.
I'm also interested in the fact that half of Guatemalan children under 5 suffer from effects of malnutrition, and what is being done to help alleviate that rate, among the highest in the world. 
Sorry for the long and open-ended email, and thanks for taking the time to read it. Any advice on who to contact would be much appreciated.
Thanks and best,

Will James

@OtherWillJames 



3. NATIONAL HISTORY DAY AT UFM NEEDS YOU TO BE A JUDGE

Soy Karen y estoy coordinando la celebración del primer National History Day en Guatemala que tendrá lugar el viernes 13 de marzo en el campus de la UFM.
Alberto Garin me sugirió que tal vez a algunos miembros del GSN Vanderbilt les podría interesar participar. 

Durante el evento los alumnos de varios colegios internacionales de Guatemala nos van a presentar una serie de trabajos de investigación histórica que han desarrollado en diferentes formatos (exhibiciones, documentales, páginas Web). 

Lo que estamos buscando son jueces para este evento, que sienten una pasión por la historia.  Se trata de animar a los más jóvenes que les sigan los pasos. Es cierto que todos tenemos un montón de obligaciones, pero tal vez algunos de Uds. podrían ofrecer un poco de su tiempo en esa mañana del viernes 13.

Le adjunto la carta de invitación para unirse al evento.

Gracias por apoyarnos.
Saludos,
Karen


———

Dear all,

You are invited to share your talent, knowledge, and commitment to excellence in education by serving as a judge at Guatemala's first ever National History Day 2015. Winners of this competition will advance to the NHD finals in Washington DC.

This year’s National History Day will be held on Friday March 13, from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the UFM campus.  A judges meeting will take place at 7:30am. Refreshments will be available and judges will be provided with a short overview of the judging guidelines.  An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of National History Day 2015. Parking at UFM will be granted. If you are not able to spend the whole morning, a few hours of your time will be appreciated as well.

There will be four types of entries in this year’s National History Day: exhibits, websites, performances, and documentaries. We are looking for judges in any of these categories.

 
As a judge, you would review the student’s work based on a pre-set evaluation form and then ask the student or students one or two follow-up questions. Forms enumerating the evaluation criteria and recommendations for judges will be sent to you if you are interested participating. Your evaluation will determine prizes awarded but will have no impact on student grades. Our primary goal with History Day is to reward academic excellence and encourage future growth. 


We are looking for students, professors and other professionals who feel enthusiastic about inspiring academic excellence and encourage students to grow personally and academically. No special history knowledge is required, although it is, of course, welcome. The main idea is to judge the solidness of the student's argument and point out any possible gaps. As mentioned before, judges will be provided with rubrics, sit through the presentations, get the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback with their group of judges behind closed doors. 
If you are able to join us in promoting outstanding historical scholarship in Guatemala, please confirm your availability before March 6 by replying to karen.maeyens@ufm.edu.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the same address.  This competition would not be possible without the generous gift of time from concerned community members such as yourself.  We look forward to your participation, as do the students of the schools participating.  Thank you.

Sincerely,

Karen Maeyens


 

4.Oxlajuj Iq’: Mayan Language Institute 2015 Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Antigua, Guatemala | June 14 – July 25, 2015



Oxlajuj Iq’: Mayan Language Institute 2015

Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel

Antigua, Guatemala | June 14 – July 25, 2015

 

APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW! See below for details

 

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

 

With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

 

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend six weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes in Antigua will take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

 

COURSES OFFERED:

Students will take one language course and one culture course.

 

Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits)

Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)

PROGRAM COST:

The cost of the six-week program is TBA. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home stays and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation from the airport upon arrival (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, et cetera, are not included in the program cost.

 

FLAS Summer Fellowships

This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:

Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)

Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)

The FLAS Fellowship application deadline is February 20, 2015. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

 

PROGRAM APPLICATION:

Complete applications will include:

+ online general application form

+ official copy of transcript

+ supplemental K’iche’ or Kaqchikel application

+ $50 non-refundable deposit* (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118)

 

*Students may waive application deposit if they are applying for FLAS-Fellowship. More details in application.

TO APPLY:

visit this URL and download forms:

http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/MLI

 

Applications will be due March 13, 2015.

 

This program is offered in partnership with:

•           Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies

•           Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies

•           University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute

•           University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

•           University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies

 

 

For questions on this program, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum_at_tulane.edu.




5. TROUBLING NEWS ON THE DENTENTION OF THREE COMMUNITY LEADERS IN HUEHUETENANGO

The Guatemalan government continues to carry out its campaign of defamation and criminalization of civil society movements in Huehuetenango. On Friday, February 27, the authorities illegally and arbitrarily detained three community leaders from Santa Cruz Barillas: Arturo Pablo Juan, Sotero Adalberto Villatoro Hernández and Francisco Juan Pedro.  There are already three community leaders in prison, some since 2013: Mynor López, Rogelio Antonio Velásquez, Saul Méndez Muñoz.  Here is the full text of the prononcement from the Q'anjob'al community:


Viernes, 27 de febrero de 2015.


Ante las Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil, Defensores de Derechos Humanos, Autoridades Penales, Procuraduria de Derechos Humanos, y, Partidos Politicos de Guatemala.

Ante la Comunidad Internacional, El Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas e Iglesias del Mundo Entero.


Las comunidades indigenas hablantes del idioma maya q 'anjob 'al de Ixcan y otras asentadas endiferentes partes de Guatemala nos pronunciamos energicamente a favor de nuestros hermanos:Arturo Pablo Juan, Sotero Adalberto Villatoro Hernandez y Francisco Juan Pedro, como tambienlos que ya han sido detenidos siendo los siguientes: Rogelio Antonio Velasquez, Saul MendezMunoz y Mynor Lopez; miembros de la Sociedad Civil del municipio de Santa Cruz Barillas,Huehuetenango, detenidos arbitrariamente e ilegalmente por Orden del Juez del Tribunal deSentencia de Huehuetenango, con fecha 26 de febrero del año 2015.


Queremos manifestar que estas ilegalidades y arbitrariedades de la autoridad mencionada, en contra de nuestros hermanos defensores de los derechos humanos y de la madre naturaleza, sonbasadas en doctrinas demagogicas que infringe y restringe nuestros derechos de: Libertad deacción, Petición, Reunion y manifestación, Asociación, Libertad de emisión del pensamiento,Derechos inherentes a la persona humana, Preeminencia del derecho internacional, Proteccion agrupos etnicos y otros que establece el Texto Constitucional de Guatemala, como tambien losAcuerdos y Tratados Internacionales. Asi mismo infringe y restringe nuestros derechos como fin deorganizacion juridica y politica del orden social de todos los pueblos indigenas de Guatemala, y,desde nuestra familia como genesis primario y fundamental de los valores espirituales y moralesde la sociedad.


Seguimos manifestando que estas autoridades que defienen intereses de las transnacionales absorben el deber del Estado como responsable de la promoción del bien comun, de la consolidación del regimen de legalidad, seguridad, justicia, igualdad, libertad y paz; inspirados enlos ideales de nuestros antepasados.


Por la otra parte, viola el debido proceso de conformidad con el C6digo Procesal Penal Guatemalteco, Decreto 51-92. Ninguna persona puede ser condenada sin haber cumplido todoslos procedimientos legales segun este cuerpo legal.


Lo mencionado anteriormente, son doctrinas, politicas y prácticas basadas en la superioridad, propugnando y aduciendo razones de origen nacional o diferencias raciales, religiosas, etnicas oculturales, son racistas, cientificamente falsas, juridicamente invalidas, moralmente condenables ysocialmente injustas.


Ante todo esto, exigimos lo siguiente:


  1. Libertad inmediata  de nuestros hermanos detenidos injustamente.
  2. Inicio de un proceso legal sobre el Juez que dio este falso dictamen.
  3. Respeto a nuestra Consulta Comunitaria.
  4. Respeto a nuestra libre autodeterminacion, como Pueblos Indigenas.
  5. Retiro de las empresas transnacionales de nuestro pais.


De no ser atendida nuestra demanda vamos a llevar a cabo otros procedimientos de conformidadcon la ley, hasta ser resuelto el caso.



6. EXCELLENT ETHNOHISTORY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN XELA

History and Ethnohistory in Guatemala 

June 23 – August 3, 2015 

6 credits in History  (transfer credits available) 


$2,275 program fee (includes airfare) + six credits tuition 

Registration Deadline: March 27th

The History department and the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to study the history and ethnohistory of Guatemala. The program is based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and will introduce students to the complex history of Guatemala and Central America from before the Spanish Conquest up to the present, including the emergence of a mixed indigenous, African, and European descended population, the historical roots of social inequality in the region, and the legacy of guerilla activity and counter-revolutionary violence in the second half of the twentieth century. We will also focus on the way societies in different eras have recorded, written about, or conceptualized the past. This program is especially well suited for students in History, Anthropology, Art History, Political Science, International Studies, and Religious Studies. However, strongly motivated students from other disciplines, including freshmen and sophomores, are encouraged to apply.

 Based in Guatemala’s second largest city, Quetzaltenango, this six week program will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the history of the region, including an introduction to the ancient civilization of the pre-Columbian Maya, a historical survey of Spanish-indigenous relations in Mesoamerica from the violence of the Spanish conquest right through to the present, and the effects of U.S. policy in the region throughout the twentieth century. It will also provide students with an immersive cultural experience, replete with hands-on opportunities to talk with, learn from, and come to know the people of present day Guatemala. Much of our time will be based in Quetzaltenango, the cultural center of the western highlands, where students will live with local Guatemalan families and interact closely with K’iche’ Mayan and Ladino (non-indigenous) scholars, townsfolk, and university students. We will also make extended trips to other areas, including the capital, Guatemala City, the colonial capital of Antigua, and the Classic Maya ruins of Copan Honduras. We will visit the famous market town of Chichicastenango and the Tzutujil and Kaqchikel villages surrounding Lake Atitlan, and we’ll spend time at a coffee plantation below Santa Maria Volcano, run by ex-guerilla fighters of the ORPA/URNG.


The program will be led by Dr. Maury Hutcheson, a cultural anthropologist and adjunct associate professor of Latin American history at Pace University. Dr. Hutcheson’s research centers on the history of religious practices and expressive culture among the K’iche’ Maya, and their creative response to nearly 500 years of Spanish missionization and cultural domination, the counter-revolutionary violence of the 1970s and ‘80s, and the impact of globalization in the present generation. Dr. Hutcheson has extensive experience in Guatemala, having made numerous research visits there totaling nearly four years on the ground. This will be his seventh year directing a study abroad program in Guatemala for VCU.

More information is available at:

http://vcu.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11132


and at: 

Tel.    (804) 827.7882 




Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226