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GSN MONDAY MAILER DECEMBER 06 2016

Posted by on Monday, December 12, 2016 in News, Uncategorized.

MAILER IS BELOW THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Dear GSN Members, 

Apologies for the confusion surrounding the GSN election – the link you received yesterday was sent in error and so any votes have been nullified – IF YOU VOTED PRIOR TO RECEIVING THIS EMAIL YOU MUST VOTE AGAIN (see below). Included in this email is the slate of candidates with their bios and statements of interest in serving on the GSN Board. 

As you are aware, Tom Offit has served as the editor of the weekly GSN mailer for years many years and has decided it is time for him to step down. Tom has long been a central part of the GSN leadership, and he has done an amazing job of keeping us up to date on happenings in Guatemala.  It was Tom who turned our original mailer– a very Old School paper pamphlet that mailed out a few times every year–into our weekly electronic newsletter. In so doing,  he not only updated our communications, but he also helped to build us into a much closer and dynamic network of colleagues and collaborators who work on and care about Guatemala.  Thank you, Tom, for your years of service to GSN—we will miss your hard work and good humor!

In light of his decision to step down, we will hold an exceptional electronic election beginning next week to fill the position.  The position is a minimum 2-year term; however, given the timing of this election, the new Communications Chair will hold the term for at least 2 and ½ years, with elections for the Communications Chair and Public Relations Chair positions taking place in August 2019.  In August of 2017, we will hold a single election for the Public Relations Chair, currently held by Debra Rodman. 

Below is the slate of candidates for the Communications Chair with their statements of interest.  You will soon receive an email from Dia Chakraborty (dia.chakraborty@vanderbilt.edu) with a unique link for you to vote.  YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL YESTERDAY WITH A LINK TO VOTE.  SINCE YOU DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE BIOS AND STATEMENTS OF INTEREST PRIOR TO RECEIVING THE LINK, WE ARE NULLIFYING ANY VOTES CAST BEFORE NOW, SO YOU MUST CAST YOUR VOTE AGAIN IN ORDER FOR IT TO COUNT. 

If you are unable to access the link or encounter problems, please contact dia.chakraborty@vanderbilt.edu or avery.dickins-degiron@vanderbilt.edu.  The deadline to submit your ballot is next Tuesday, December 13  

 

SLATE OF CANDIDATES

Kara Andrade is a PhD student at American University’s School of Communication. She is a researcher, journalist and entrepreneur who focuses on Latin America, media, technology and society. She has more than ten years of experience working in the United States and Latin America as a bilingual journalist, entrepreneur and multimedia producer for a variety of leading media organizations including Al Jazeera America, Americas Quarterly, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, France 24, Global Post, The Huffington Post, The New York Times and others. She consults as a technology trainer for the U.S. State Department, as well as for the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has presented in fifteen countries at conferences including the Ashoka Future Forum, Campus Party Mexico, Commonwealth Club of California, Fulbright Annual Conferences, Guatemala Scholars Network, more than ten U.S. State Department organized TechCamps, four consecutive South by Southwest (SXSW) panels, various PeaceTech Exchanges organized by the United States Institute of Peace, the World Social Science Forum and many others.

 

I am interested in the Communications Chair position because I have experience in using communications tools and strategies to advance the mission and strengthen the network and reach of both grassroots organizations, NGOs and start-ups. Communications strategies and development go hand in hand with building professional relationships between Guatemalan and U.S. academics and researchers. As a Guatemalan-American researcher and investigative reporter, I can also appreciate both the practitioner and academic nature of our work and the importance of marrying the work of both sectors.

 

 

Katherine Fultz:  I'm interested in the role of mailer-coordinator. I recently graduated, and am currently teaching part-time, so I have a least a couple of hours a week to dedicate to it.  I'm eager to help promote collaborations with scholars and activists in Guatemala, and among US-based scholars more generally. I'm interested in digital communications from a research perspective, too, and am currently writing about the role of listserves and blogs in anti-mining activism in Guatemala. I'd love to get involved in the more practical/ applied side of things. I'd also love a way to stay connected with like-minded scholars during this somewhat ambiguous transition period I'm in. 

 

 

My name is Xelani Luz. I was born in Hawaii but I am a full-time resident in Santiago Atitlán Sololá Guatemala. I moved to Atitlan when I was 4 and I am currently 35 years old. I have two children who are Guatemalan/USA/catalan.  In 2006 I started an educational project called the Archivo Digital Etnográfico Atitlán, whose goal is to use digital technology to provide free access via a museum-like kiosk to pertinent local historical/cultural materials directly in educational facilities in the Lake Atitlán region. These materials include photographs (1870-present), documents (1500s-1950s), videos, articles, etc and are stored in a locally placed database in locations that usually have no internet. To this end I have become proficient in data base software, as well as web-deployed databases using PHP and MYSQL. The Kiosks are powered using desktop computers, though I am currently working on a version using a Raspberry Pi.

This process also involves the digitization of source materials. This has been a range of things, from scanning large amounts of negatives to photographing colonial manuscripts. I have also become well acquainted with the academic process as well as the source materials available concerning Guatemala.

I am currently doing a study on the communal land documents of Santiago Atitlán. this is an ample corpus of documents spanning from 1751 that title the whole of Santiago Atitlán (about 240 caballerias) as being the property of the Comun del Pueblo, and are a significant part of the local revindication of the traditional local indigenous authority represented by the Cabecera del Pueblo de Santiago Atitlan, who is in possession of the Caja Real which holds the original land documents. This is a complex theme as it involves multiple actors such as the local municipality as well as the presidency, and the Spanish international Cooperation.

 

Visions for the mailer:

I am a firm believer in the universal access to information, and that shared knowledge is very powerful.  

I see a lot of possibilities of interchange between GSN members through the GSN Mailer. I am willing to work toward a format that includes ways to directly comment on each item as well as see other  members responses. This could probably be web-based, and would provide a record of all the Monday emails.

In the Monday emails there could be more of a way to present current Guatemala news. there is a new generation of independent web-based newspapers doing some really in depth investigative pieces about current events in Guatemala . This includes Nomada and PlazaPublica as well as others. An event calendar could also be included for book presentations, conferences, inside and outside Guatemala. I am open to any suggestions and would love to join forces or help the person selected. It is about community-building within The Guatemala Scholars Network and this is always helped by collaboration and interchange.

 

 

Vincent Stanzione: I am interested in performing this kind of service since my work with the Maya in Guatemala is kind of settling down as my life moves in new directions.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. CIRMA PRESENTS NEW VOLUME BY GSN'ERS CHRIS LUTZ, GRORGE LOVELL AND WENDY KRAMER ON PDERO DE ALVARADO THIS SATURDAY

(SEE PDF ATTACHED_

2. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON CASE RELATING TO MAYA VENDORS AND GANGS

3. BRIGHTEN THE BARRIO SEEKS CROWDFUNDING

4. GSN'ER VINCENT STANZIONE SPEAKING AT THE CASA HERRERA ON ANCIENT LIFEWAYS OF THE MAYA (SEE JPEG ATTACHED) 

5. POSTDOC AT HAVERFORD ON DIGITIZING THE GAM ARCHIVE

6. NEW FILM ON MAYA MIGRATION FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO NEW JERSEY

7. MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS MAILER NOW AVAILABLE

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1. CIRMA PRESENTS NEW VOLUME BY GSN'ERS CHRIS LUTZ, GRORGE LOVELL AND WENDY KRAMER ON PDERO DE ALVARADO THIS SATURDAY 


 

(SEE PDF ATTACHED_

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2. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON CASE RELATING TO MAYA VENDORS AND GANGS

 

We currently are representing a Mayan couple who fled Guatemala after they were targeted by marreros. They ran a business selling Mayan goods and the wife made traditional Mayan clothing. The marreros demanded the clothing, and also made ethnic slurs. The police laughed at them and made similar disparaging comments. They state that many other Mayan businesses were targeted and most eventually closed after owners were severely beaten and relocated. We are in Houston immigration court and as such, we need the help of an expert to sure up nexus and establish country conditions. Do you know of anyone who would be able to help?

 

Best regards, 

Amber Gracia,  Attorney                   
  


2200 Southwest Freeway
Suite 550. Houston, TX 77098-4709 
713.481.3040 / Fax: 713.588.8683 
agracia@gonzalezolivierillc.com / www.gonzalezolivierillc.comwww.evitaladeportacion.com   

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3. BRIGHTEN THE BARRIO SEEKS CROWDFUNDING


Greetings from the Brighten the Barrio team!

 

This November 29th, 2016, we are celebrating Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day encouraging philanthropy to support important causes, and to celebrate the strength of thousands of people within Guatemala, the United States, and around the world rallying together for change.

 

This Giving Tuesday we invite you to join us in securing a better future for the girls and boys of the community of Chuatroj in Totonicapán, Guatemala through the power of education. Your contribution to a scholarship can enable the children of Chuatroj to continue in their studies despite their vulnerable social conditions and high-risks migration. With this scholarship, they will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the place which they were born.

 

It is easy and quick to donate through the following link: http://hipgive.org/es/project/home-sweet-home-more-education-less-migration/.

 

For this campaign, we are teaming up with Hispanics in Philanthropy and Tigo Foundation for a special crowdfunding campaign: Guatemala Gives. Thanks to their support, this Giving Tuesday, your donation can be matched to stretch your dollars and make double the impact! For example, with a donation of $25, our partners can double that amount so that we receive $50. If possible, please donate this November 29th at 12 a.m. or 5 p.m. ET to maximize our chances for matches and help more kids! If you cannot donate on that day, do not worry! the platform will be available for donations until December 23th. Attached you will find the press release of this important campaign, the guidelines and schedues to donate!

 

Please help us make a real difference in this world.

 

Best holiday wishes,

 

Brighten the Barrio team (Guatemala, United States and Mexico)


Eileen Sandoval

Brighten the Barrio Coordinator Guatemala

Phone: +502 4246-9069


Kat Liu

Brighten the Barrio Coordinator USA

Phone: +1 3525192974 


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4. GSN'ER VINCENT STANZIONE SPEAKING AT THE CASA HERRERA ON ANCIENT LIFEWAYS OF THE MAYA (SEE JPEG ATTACHED) 


Estimados amigos y amigas de Casa Herrera,

Les invitamos cordialmente a nuestra última conferencia del año, Ancient Life Ways of the Maya, dictada por el antropólogo Vincent Stanzione. Esta conferencia será la primera parte de una serie de charlas que dará Stanzione en 2017 en Casa Herrera sobre su nuevo libro, Los Nawales: the Ancient Ones.

La conferencia se realizará el miércoles, 14 de Diciembre a las 18:00 horas en las instalaciones de Casa Herrera. La actividad es abierta al público con entrada gratuita. La conferencia será únicamente en inglés. Adjunto la invitación formal con más detalles.

Como siempre, les agradecemos por su amable atención y esperamos contar con su honorable presencia.

Atentamente,

Milady Casco
On-Site Coordinator
Casa Herrera, The University of Texas at Austin
4a. Avenida Norte, No. 9
La Antigua Guatemala
Guatemala, C.A. 03001
Oficina: (502) 7832-0760
milady@austin.utexas.edu
www.utmesoamerica.org/casa

 

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5. POSTDOC AT HAVERFORD ON DIGITIZING THE GAM ARCHIVE

 

CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow & Project Manager in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

 
The Haverford College Libraries seek a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to lead day-to-day programming and digitization efforts in collaboration with Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo(GAM), located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. As Guatemala’s earliest human rights organization, GAM has a unique set of textual, visual, and audio-video materials of significance to ongoing human rights trials, scholars of transitional justice in Latin America, and Guatemala’s historical memory. This project will be a post-custodial and cooperative project in which the Fellow will provide training and expert technical assistance with the digitization and data maintenance process, advising on best practices for the digital archiving of materials and provision of access to a local and global community. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with Haverford College faculty, undergraduate assistants, the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship team and research staff, and Guatemalan partner organizations. The Fellow will be a resource to other faculty working in Latin American and Caribbean studies, and as interest and time permits may extend their model and collaborate with other active scholars.

Please see https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants/haverford-college for further details and eligibility. 
 
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6. NEW FILM ON MAYA MIGRATION FROM THE HIGHLANDS TO NEW JERSEY
 
New Film: "Reverse Migration"



Reverse Migration features the stories of two men who made the journey from Cajolá, a town in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, to Morristown, New Jersey, and back again.  Their experience highlights the tremendous pressures that Guatemalan men face to migrate, the challenges for the families and communities left behind, and the benefits that can sometimes result when migrants return with renewed commitment and energy to devote to their communities.



http://newestamericans.com/reverse-migration/
 
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7. MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS MAILER NOW AVAILABLE
 
Here is the direct link:
 
 
The title photo on this latest newsletter shows how one
student's scholarship and graduation affects her whole
family and future generations. She stands as an example
to them that indigenous women can succeed if given a chance.
 
We thank GSNers for their support and wish them Happy Holidays!

With warm regards,
 
Elisabeth