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Wednesday April 3 , 2013
Fighting Cultural Suppression in Guatemala
through Preservation of Mayan Language
in Community Radio
a discussion with
Central America Visiting Scholar
Executive Director, Cultural Survival
About the program:
Ava Berinstein and Marc Camp will be discussing the political issues that confront the Mayas which are barriers to communication and the importance of having one's voice heard. They will be looking at the notion of "cultural suppression" will address the value of language as a vessel for cultural values, thought, and life.
About the speakers:
Ava Berinstein holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her published doctoral dissertation, Evidence for Multiattachment in K’ekchi Mayan, is a grammar of the Mayan language Q’eqchi’ (K’ekchi). That work was based on a collection of oral narratives and legends recorded in the region of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala in 1978. As a Linguistics Advisor at Cultural Survival in Cambridge, MA, Dr. Berinstein works with the Endangered Languages Program and the Guatemalan Radio Project. She joined the Center as the 2012-2013 Central American Visiting Scholar to work on her project, Pre- and Post- Genocide Mayan Oral Histories.