Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj: Trade, Improvement and Survival: An Indigenous Approach to the Current Immigration “Crisis”

POSTPONED

Title Conditional: Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj: Trade, Improvement and Survival: An Indigenous Approach to the Current Immigration “Crisis”
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: POSTPONED | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj. (Photo by Mello van Essen.)
Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj. (Photo by Mello van Essen.)

To examine the topic of migration, we must reflect on issues of race and indigenous peoples simultaneously. This is a complex task, since the media, public institutions, and even academia address these topics separately. In this talk, Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj will examine the theme of migration from an indigenous perspective, within a larger context of racial oppression.  

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a Maya-K’iche’ journalist and activist. She is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala. She was instrumental in making racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala and is featured in the film 500 Years.