Human Rights and Performance in Guatemala
This program has been paused for Winter 2024.
In this three-week, 3-credit winter program, students will engage with a variety of Mayan artists, community leaders, and scholars around the long history of struggles for indigenous human rights in Guatemala.
Students will learn first-hand how the arts, particularly performing arts, have been used to affirm and assert Mayan identity and agency. The core of this experience will be collaborating with Mayan students at the University of San Carlos, in Comalapa, to create works of performing arts that incorporate theatre and music. Program excursions include visits to several archaeological sites, and exploring aspects of Kakchiquel, Tzutujil, and Achí history and culture, including language, cosmovision, agriculture, and gastronomy.
A thrilling component of this course will be the possibility of meeting with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!