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GSN MONDAY MAILER AUGUST 08 2016

Posted by on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in News, Uncategorized.

SAD NEWS on the passing of GSN'ER and CSU Professor and Maya religion scholar John McGraw who died at his home in Sedona a few weeks ago. I was on a panel with John, and can say that he was a devoted student and scholar of Maya religion and a tremendously kind and engaging colleague. If you did not know him or his work, his personal website can be found at http://www.johnjmcgraw.com

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CONTENTS
1. A FEW LINKS
2. GREAT LOOKING NEW SPANISH TRANSLATION ON VOLUME (AND LINK TO A REVIEW) FROM GSN'ERS GEORGE LOVELL, CHRIS LUTZ AND WENDY KRAMER ON ALVARADO IN GUATEMALA
3. A VERDICT ON THE HUEHUE 7 CASE AND ADDITIONAL INFO FROM GSN'ER DIANE NELSON (ALSO SEE ATTACHMENTS ABOVE)
4. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON CASE INVOLVING MIGRATION AND ADOPTION
5. FELLOW GSN'ER REBECCA GALEMBA'S QUERY ABOUT DUAL NATIONALITY (MEXICO-GUATEMALA)
6. USC SHOAH CENTER CONFERENCE ON GUATEMALAN GENOCIDE COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 11-14
7. ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM UPCOMING AT UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE

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1. A FEW LINKS
A. MYRNA MACK'S DAUGHTER APPOINTED GUATEMALAN HEALTH MINISTER http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Myrna-Macks-Daughter-Appointed-Guatemala-Health-Minister-20160727-0013.html
B. GREAT ARTICLE ON language loss and Prejudice for Tz'utujil speakers http://lithub.com/what-to-do-when-an-indigenous-language-disappears/
C. SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE GUATEMALA SEES QUIET LGBTQ GAINS http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/31/world/americas/ap-lt-guatemala-gender-battles.html?_r=0
C. Illegal Arrest of Guatemala Indigenous Authority Sparks Outrage http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Illegal-Arrest-of-Guatemala-Indigenous-Authority-Sparks-Outrage-20160807-0005.html

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2. GREAT LOOKING NEW SPANISH TRANSLATION ON VOLUME (AND LINK TO A REVIEW) FROM GSN'ERS GEORGE LOVELL, CHRIS LUTZ AND WENDY KRAMER ON ALVARADO IN GUATEMALA

W. George Lovell, Christopher H. Lutz y Wendy Kramer. Atemorizar la tierra: Pedro de Alvarado y la Conquista de Guatemala, 1520-1541. Traducción del inglés: cortesía de Guisela Asensio. Guatemala: F&G Editores, julio de 2016, 1a. edición. 226 págs. 12.7 x 20.3 cms. ISBN: 978-9929-700-18-5. Rústica.

http://www.fygeditores.com/emails/Atemorizar/Atemorizarlatierra_info.htm

REVIEW http://lahora.gt/pais-acostumbrado-al-temor/

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3. A VERDICT ON THE HUEHUE 7 CASE AND ADDITIONAL INFO FROM GSN'ER DIANE NELSON (ALSO SEE ATTACHMENTS ABOVE)
…a little bit on the amazing trial that concluded last week (july 22) with a sentence absolving the 7 Huehuetenango community leaders of almost all of the charges against them (the “almost” was because of a split decision on one charge against two of the defendants). The final sentence read aloud by Judge Yasmin Barrios at 9 at night was extraordinary in acknowledging the legitimacy of both the ancestral authorities in Santa Eulalia and Barillas AND of the consulta process. She scolded the MP for lending itself to the criminalization process on the part of the transnational companies and denounced the imposition of an economic model of accumulation by dispossession on people’s lives, rivers, and territories. It was amazing!

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4. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON CASE INVOLVING MIGRATION AND ADOPTION

To whom it may concern:

I am a law clerk with the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago Law School. We are a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children. These are children who arrive in the United States on their own, unaccompanied by either a parent or a legal guardian.

We are working with a three-year-old boy from Guatemala who entered the United States in 2015 with a woman who had adopted him at birth. Although the woman presented a birth certificate identifying herself as the boy’s mother, ICE officials separated her from the boy and placed her in adult custody. ICE designated the boy an “unaccompanied alien child” and transferred him to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). While the boy remains in ORR custody, the adoptive mother has been released from ICE custody and currently resides in the United States.

Earlier this year, we commissioned a third party to conduct an international home study of the boy’s life in Guatemala. Through the home study, we learned that the boy’s biological mother was widowed in 2004, and that she was not married when she gave birth to the boy in 2013. The biological mother and her mother-in-law (mother of her deceased husband) made an arrangement with the adoptive mother to hand the boy over immediately after his birth. The boy’s biological mother died in 2015, and the identity of his biological father is unknown.

We are tasked with determining whether it is in the boy’s best interests to be reunited with his adoptive mother here in the United States or whether it is in his best interests to be returned to Guatemala to live with his biological maternal grandmother (who has voiced her desire to care for him). To make that determination, we plan to convene a panel of experts on child development, adoption law, and Guatemalan culture (a Best Interests Determination Panel) near the end of July or the beginning of August.

We are reaching out to you as a potential expert on Guatemala’s adoption laws and/or the country’s culturally-accepted practices relating to informal adoptions. We are wondering whether there are any laws in Guatemala that speak to this kind of informal adoption (either condoning or forbidding). If the law is silent, are you familiar with Guatemalan cultural attitudes regarding such practices? Are they generally accepted? We would like to hear your opinion on this matter, either written or oral–whichever is convenient for you.

We sincerely appreciate any time you could devote to helping this vulnerable child. We look forward to hearing from you. For more information about our work at the Young Center, please visit our website at http://theyoungcenter.org/.

Sincerely,

Janice Han

Law Student
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
University of Chicago Law School
6020 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
773-702-9560

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5. FELLOW GSN'ER REBECCA GALEMBA'S QUERY ABOUT DUAL NATIONALITY (MEXICO-GUATEMALA)

am finishing up a book manuscript on the Mexico-Guatemala border and am encountering conflicting and sometimes nebulous information surrounding Mexico and Guatemala's dual nationality and citizenship laws, especially since most of the info pertains to each country's relationship to the U.S. I have one chapter that discusses how people on the border acquire dual nationality in Mexico and Guatemala through extra-legal means, but I want to make sure I am accurately contrasting this with the legal process. Is there anyone on the listserv who you think might be able to help? They can contact me at my email directly since some of my questions are very specific. I am also waiting to hear back from the Embassy.
Thank you.
Best,
Rebecca


Rebecca B. Galemba, Ph.D
Lecturer, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver
Chair, Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA)
http://www.americananthro.org/CoGEA
rebecca.galemba@gmail.com
Rebecca.Galemba@du.edu
(603) 667-5961

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6. USC SHOAH CENTER CONFERENCE ON GUATEMALAN GENOCIDE COMING UP ON SEPTEMBER 11-14

Dear Scholar,

I am reaching out to inform you about the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research’s International Conference this fall to shed light on Guatemala’s civil war and genocide.

"A Conflict? Genocide and Resistance in Guatemala," will run from Sept. 11-14 and feature 23 scholars from around the world who conduct research in multiple disciplines. They will discuss the history and impact of the systematic mass violence that during the early 1980s left 200,000 mostly Mayan Guatemalans dead and more than 1.5 million displaced without basic resources – a genocide hidden under the cover of a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996 with a peace accord.

The Center for Advanced Genocide Research hopes to spark conversation and bring attention to the victims of this terrible piece of history that took place here in the Americas. If we can learn the lessons from genocides and the resistance to them, perhaps we can stop them in the future.

The conference begins Sunday, Sept. 11, with a welcoming reception, followed by three days of panel discussions, lectures and workshops. Each will feature simultaneous translation in English or Spanish as needed. In addition to scholarly panel discussions during the day, the conference will also include evening events for the general public and members of the Guatemalan community.

Please register and learn more about the conference at the link below along with the attached PDF of the program. Feel free to forward this message to any colleagues who would be interested and contact me if you have any questions.

https://sfi.usc.edu/cagr/conferences/2016_international

Best,

Marika Stanford-Moore
Center for Advanced Genocide Research
USC Shoah Foundation
(213) 740-0375

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7. ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM UPCOMING AT UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE

Estimadas/os estudiantes y colegas,

Es un gusto compartirles la convocatoria al VIII Coloquio de Antropología y Sociología, impulsado con la Asociación de Estudiantes de Ciencias Sociales de la Unviersidad del Valle de Guatemala. Esperamos contar con sus ponencias y/o presencia en este octavo coloquio. Se adjunta a este correo electrónico, una copia del documento en PDF y los vínculos a los recursos electrónicos de la Asociación.

https://issuu.com/aeccsseuvg/docs/convocatoria-viii_2016/1
Página web: http://aeccsseuvggt.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aeccsse.uvg.3

Agradecemos desde ya su apoyo con la difusión de la convocatoria.

Saludos cordiales,

Mtra. Tatiana Paz Lemus
Directora, Departamento de Antropología y Sociología
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
18 avenida 11-95, zona 15, Vista Hermosa III
Guatemala, C.A. 01015
Tels. PBX: (502)23640336/40 Ext.:402
tpaz@uvg.edu.gt