Spring 2017 Mellon Visiting Professor
Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman. She has been at the forefront of struggles for respect for indigenous cultures.
Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the author of Pueblos Indígenas, Estado y Lucha por Tierra en Guatemala (AVANCSO 2008) and La pequeña burguesía indígena comercial de Guatemala Desigualdades de clase, raza y género (AVANCSO-SERJUS 2002). She writes a weekly newspaper column in el Periódico de Guatemala and through both her political and academic efforts seeks to create viable and realistic ways to create equality for indigenous people and a truly democratic and participatory democracy in Guatemala.
Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj will offer two courses during the Spring semester. The first, Indigenous Resistance & Revolution: Mexico and Central America is open to undergraduates only. The second course, Indigeneity, Ontology, Epistemology, & Anthropology, is restricted to upper level undergrads and graduate students. Both classes will be taught in English.