Events: Lectures: Spring 2013
Bill Jungels: Photographing Resistance: Imaging Mayan Weavers
Saturday, April 6 at 2pm
Bill Jungels, professor emeritus at SUNY Fredonia, is a documentary film maker and activist concerned with social justice issues in Latin America, with a focus on workers and indigenous farmers in Mexico. His presentation will look at weaving among members of a Tzotzil Mayan women's weaving cooperative in Highland Chiapas as a form of cultural resistance in dialogue with fair trade foreign marketing. Issues of taking and making public images produced in this context will be addressed: issues of vision distorted by clichés and exoticizing will be discussed in the context of the photographer's responsibility to make visible what our eyes are not trained to see. Issues of commodification will be addressed in relation to both the weavings and the images. These and many other issues will be addressed through images accompanying the talk.
This presentation has been made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Creative Media Institute
and the Department of Anthropology.
Christine Eber: Insights from Recent Visits with Maya Youth, Weavers, and Farmers in Chiapas, Mexico
Thursday, April 18 at 6pm
Christine Eber, NMSU Professor Emerita of Anthropology, will reflect on insights she acquired on a recent trip to Chiapas where she met with Maya youth, weavers, and farmers from Tzotzil, Tzeltal, and Chuj communities in the state. She was in Chiapas as part of long-term research and applied work, and in her capacity as the board president of the Maya Educational Foundation, a US-based foundation that supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people of Guatemala, Chiapas, and Belize, and as a member of Weaving for Justice, a volunteer network based in Las Cruces that assists Maya women's cooperatives in Chiapas to sell their products through fair trade. She will provide updates on the lives of several of the weavers whose photos and textiles are featured in the exhibit Weaving Solidarity: Textile Traditions of Highland Chiapas.
Katherine Osburn: "Dear Friend and Ex-Husband: Marriage, Divorce, and Women's Property Rights on the Southern Ute Reservation, 1887 - 1934"
Friday, April 19 at 6pm
This presentation has been possible with funding from the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute.
All lectures are held in the University Museum auditorium in Kent Hall, unless otherwise noted.
For more information, call (575) 646-5161