Pueblos Originales: Cultural and Civic Challenges
Hosted by the Organization of Latin American Affairs (OLAA)
According to the World Bank Group in 2015, there are 8 million indigenous people that live in Latin America, the majority reside in 15 out of the 22 countries along the Pacific Ocean. Although they make up 8 percent of the Latin American community, about 17 percent live in extreme poverty and that number continues to increase.
This panel will rigorously explore the silent voices of Latin America: those of indigenous communities. Two experts on the historical and sociopolitical dynamics of pueblos originales (original communities) in Latin America, joined by a Boston College graduate student (Mynor Rosa), will highlight the current status, ongoing challenges, and longer-term prospects of indigenous people in the twenty-first century. These issues include, but are not limited to, inequitable resource access, cultural suppression, the lack of political representation, and unlawful seizing of land. This forum ultimately brings exceptional scholarship into conversation with engaged citizenship and anecdotal testimony. It does so with the objective of elucidating the issue, as well as proposing pathways for student-faculty engagement on the matter at Boston College. This event is free and open to the public.
This is our third iteration of the Scholar and Student Perspectives Series we continued last November with our forum on Nicaragua’s economic reforms featuring two experts and two Boston College students from Nicaragua.
Paja Faudree: Associate Professor of Anthropology in Brown University. Author of Diversity, Migration, and Scale in Mexican Muertos Music (2015)
Jennie Purnell: Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College
Mynor Rosa: MSW., Candidate, Class of 2019
Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Higgins Hall, 300
Higgins Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467