Ana Rivera: "Human Rights, Resistance and the Movement for Peoples Power in Honduras" Wednesday, September 25, 4pm @ the LAII
Join the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute (LAII) as we partner with SOLAS, UNM Peace Studies, Witness for Peace Southwest, and the Honduran Solidarity Network to welcome Ana Gabriela Rivera, a 25-year-old resistance leader from the organization Los Necios based in Honduras' capital, Tegucigalpa. Ana will speak on her formative experiences in the organization as well as the current conditions in Honduras, providing a firsthand account of the resistance movement in Honduras.
In Rivera's words: "This November 24, 2013, Hondurans will head to polls, just over four years after a brutal coup ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009. In the past four years Hondurans have experienced severe repression from brutality in breaking up peaceful protests to the straightforward assassinations of political leaders including 104 peasant cooperative leaders in the Aguan Valley, 59 lawyers, 39 journalists, 99 LGBQT activists, and dozens of unionists and teachers. Yet Hondurans have organized an unprecedented resistance movement in all sectors of the nation. The Honduras Solidarity Network is calling on people nationwide to stand for free and fair elections in Honduras without US interference."
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) Recipients, Ailesha Ringer, Roxanne Blair and Fiorella Vera-Adrianzen will lead a panel discussion on the experience of studying Portuguese in Brazil and Kichwa in Ecuador.
The FLAS fellowship is a program supported by the U.S. Department of Education that awards funding to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying less- commonly taught languages. This panel, comprised of three summer FLAS fellowship recipients, will highlight their personal experience through all phases of the FLAS beginning from the application process to the time each fellow spent abroad learning Portuguese and Kichwa (a Quechuan language).
The discussion will take an in-depth look at the process that each fellow undergoes to prepare their application and choose their language and the location of the study abroad program. For students interested in applying for a FLAS fellowship, this event will shed light on how successful applicants brought to fruition their desire to study less-commonly taught languages.