Debra Rodman, Ph.D.
James Loucky, editor of The Maya Diaspora, and Patricia Foxen, author of Searching for Providence: Maya Transnational Identities, will present the lecture. The lecture will be presented in conjunction with Dr. Debra Rodman’s R-MC course, Gender and the Maya Diaspora. The course explores the diversity of women’s familial, political, economic and social realities in the Maya Diaspora, with particular attention given to the shifting gender and cultural patterns from pre-colonial times to the present. The course also examines the concept of Diaspora, the processes of cultural change, resistance, and retention, and the role that gender plays in these processes.
The current focus on immigration of Latin Americans to the U.S. and the large population of indigenous Maya who are a part of this immigration stream make this a topical presentation. The subject is especially significant to the college because students regularly travel to Guatemala for J-term and summer courses. Rodman teaches courses on Maya migration and currently has students volunteering with Maya migrants.
James Loucky is a renowned anthropologist and editor of The Maya Diaspora: Guatemalan Roots, New American Lives (Temple University Press, 2000). He has worked with Latin American immigrant communities in the United States and Canada for 25 years. In addition to following the development of the transnational Maya population, he has collaborated with immigrant organizations and attorneys on refugee issues, community development and education concerns. His teaching and research emphases include international migration, border regions, Latin America, human rights and global problems.
Dr. Patricia Foxen is the associate director of research at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Foxen is a cultural and medical anthropologist who has worked at Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto. In addition, she worked as a researcher for the women's health program at Toronto General Hospital and the transcultural psychiatry department at Montreal Children's Hospital. Foxen’s areas of interest include violence and post-war reconstruction, migration and displacement, health and psychosocial well-being, and cultural identity in the Americas. She has worked extensively with Central American immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S. and Canada. She is the author of In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2007), an ethnographic account of the transnational passages of K'iche' Indians straddled between the war-torn Guatemalan highlands and the inner-city of Providence, Rhode Island.
For more information contact Debra Rodman at (804) 752-3127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.