GSN MONDAY MAILER APRIL 06 2015
GSN CONFERENCE —— GET THE WORD OUT
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 (email@example.com) or Christa Little-Siebold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- A FEW LINKS
- UPDATE ON VIOLENCE IN HUEHUETENANGO FROM GSN’ER LISA MAYA KNAUER
- STATEMENT FROM JOHNS HOPKINS LEADERSHIP ON THE LAWSUIT FILED BY GUATEMALA REGARDING THE STD STUDY
- PUERTO RICAN SCHOLARS SEEK CONNECTIONS FOR THEIR RESEARCH ON VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IN GUATEMALA
- NEW VOLUME AND PRESENTATION THIS THURSDAY ON VIOLENCE IN GUATEMALA FEATURING MULTIPLE GSN'ERS
- A FEW LINKS
- JOHNS HOPKINS SUED OVER STD STUDY IN GUATEMALA (ALSO SEE BELOW) http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/4/1/johns-hopkins-sued-over-std-study-in-guatemala.html
Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
2011 Fulbright Scholar
From: Paul B. Rothman Sent: 4/1/2015 2:33 PM To: 'email@example.com' Subject: Challenges from the past
Dear Member of the Johns Hopkins Community,
More than 60 years ago, the U.S. government conducted an unconscionable and unethical experiment in Guatemala, in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected vulnerable citizens of Guatemala with syphilis and other infectious diseases. We feel profound sympathy for the individuals and families impacted by this deplorable study.
When the details of this study came to light, a Presidential Commission determined that the Guatemala Study was funded and conducted by the United States Government. In 2010, the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Health and Human Services apologized to all affected. In 2012, a federal district court concluded that the pleas of victims for relief are more appropriately directed to the political branches of the federal government.
Today, attorneys representing Guatemalan plaintiffs announced that they are suing The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System, alleging that Johns Hopkins was responsible for the study. The plaintiffs’ essential claim in this case is that prominent Johns Hopkins faculty members’ participation on a government committee that reviewed funding applications was tantamount to conducting the research itself, and therefore that Johns Hopkins should be held liable.
Neither assertion is true.
This was not a Johns Hopkins study. Johns Hopkins did not initiate, pay for, direct or conduct the study in Guatemala. Participation in the review of government research was then and is today separate from being a Johns Hopkins employee, and no nonprofit university or hospital has ever been held liable for a study conducted by the U.S. Government.
As a leading global research university, Johns Hopkins values rigorous and open scrutiny of history, even when it is complex and uncomfortable.
We know that historians have previously linked prominent Johns Hopkins faculty members in various ways to other unethical government research studies in Tuskegee and Terre Haute. Although separate from the Guatemala lawsuit, these studies were all deplorable and all demand reflection upon the broader legacy of unethical research. It is important to confront and learn from the past. At the same time, we cannot let unfounded allegations go unchallenged. We will defend the institution vigorously in court against legal responsibility for the government’s Guatemala study.
If you would like more information about the university’s position on the lawsuit, we have released a media statement that you can find here, along with information about the Presidential Commission on the research in Guatemala and its findings.
Ronald J. Daniels
President, The Johns Hopkins University
Paul B. Rothman, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H. Dean, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- To trained parents of children with visual impairments, coaches, Physical Education teachers and future teachers on how to include children with visual impairments in recreational physical activities and sports.
- To implement an inclusive recreation/sport program for children with visual impairments where people in #1 will practice all the strategies and tools learned in their training.
We chose this population because Guatemala has the highest incidence of visual impairments in youths under 15 years old (40.77%) according to Vision 20/20 (http://www.v2020la.org/Joomla/publicaciones/manuales). This is a significant amount of children with this type of disability. Therefore we would like to help this children through the opportunity to be more physically active and more healthy. In order for us to complete the grant (and get it) we need some important links with Guatemala to implement the project. We would like to know if you want to help us find and create these links in order to make this project a reality. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you pretty soon,
Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology