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A Very Special Event with Ricardo Falla Sánchez on Experiences from Ixcan, Guatemala
Start Date: 10/23/2018Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 10/23/2018End Time: 12:30 PM

Event Description:
Ricardo Falla Sánchez is a Guatemalan Jesuit anthropologist who completed his PhD at the University of Texas in Austin after having studied theology in Innsbruck Austria with Karl Rahner, among others.  He has dedicated his life to documenting the lives and cultures of the Quiché [K'iche'] Maya in Guatemala and other indigenous peoples in Central America.

His writings have documented multiple Mayan communities including their revitalization through, among other initiatives, their engagement with Catholic Action, attempts to destroy their communities through the brutal massacres of the 1980s, and their struggles for justice and human rights. He is perhaps most widely known for his 1992 publication Masacres de la Selva – a volume that appeared in English, Massacres of the Jungle, in 1994. 

He has recently published three books on Maya youth, two focused on those from the Ixcán area of Guatemala: Alicia: Explorando la identidad de una joven maya [Exploring identity: The story of a Maya youth] (2005) and Juventud de una comunidad maya: Ixcán, Guatemala [Youth from a Maya Community, Ixcán, Guatemala] (2006) and a third volume,  Migración transnacional retornada: Juventud indígena de Zacualpa, Guatemala [Transnational migration and return: Indigenous youth of Zacualpa, Guatemala] (2007) which focuses on youth who have immigrated to the United States and voluntarily returned to Guatemala.  He is currently publishing the fifth volume of what will be seven volumes including much of his heretofore unpublished work, Al atardecer de la vida [At the sunset of life].
Location Information:
Lehman College - Leonard Lief Library
Room: South Atrium, 2nd Floor
Contact Information:
Email: Human.rights@lehman.cuny.edu
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Admission Information:
Free. RSVP to human.rights@lehman.cuny.edu
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