Fighting Cultural Suppression in Guatemala

Wednesday April 3 , 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Fighting Cultural Suppression in Guatemala

through Preservation of Mayan Language

in Community Radio

a discussion with 

Ava Berinstein

Central America Visiting Scholar


Mark Camp

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.

Mark Camp is Deputy Executive Director of Cultural Survival. From 1993 to 1998, Mark ran Joint Effort, a small fair trade company that imported crafts from Maya cooperatives in Guatemala. He came to Cultural Survival in 1998 and served as Membership Coordinator and Editor of Cultural Survival Voices before assuming his current duties in 2004.