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Guatemalan Human Rights Lecture
Guatemalan Human Rights Lecture
Professor Debra Rodman, Ph.D.
Professor Brian Turner, Ph.D.
The Randolph-Macon College Departments of Political Science and Sociology and Anthropology will present a lecture on Guatemalan human rights on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Washington Room in Wash-Frank Hall.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Guatemalan torture survivor Gladys Monterroso will speak out on violence, impunity and immigration reform. The Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC) sponsors Monterroso, a Guatemalan lawyer and university professor. The event is also sponsored by the Amnesty International-Randolph-Macon Chapter.
Ms. Monterroso’s lecture is presented in conjunction with the course
Latin American Politics
, taught by Professor Brian Turner, Ph.D. (
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America,
taught by Professor Debra Rodman, Ph.D. (
and anthropology). These courses encourage students to consider the challenges in understanding Latin American societies and ways in which Latin Americans work to challenge injustices they confront.
Monterroso was a victim of kidnapping and torture in the spring of 2009. During her April visit to the GHRC office, Gladys said, "I had a normal life before March 25. I thought I understood the victims of violence in Guatemala. Now that I am a victim, I realize that I never understood fully what it means to experience that level of violence. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? My life is forever marked, divided into before and after March 25, 2009."
Founded in 1982, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, humanitarian organization that monitors, documents and reports on the human rights situation in Guatemala, advocates for survivors of human rights abuses in Guatemala, and works toward positive, systemic change. For more information, visit
Monterroso is a victim of politically motivated violence and she is courageously speaking out in universities, churches and communities up and down the East Coast to bring attention to the horrific levels of violence in Guatemala, violence against women and politically motivated violence.
Monterroso is a law professor at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City and a licensed tax lawyer. She holds a Master's Degree in economics. Until she was attacked in March, 2009, she worked as the secretary for congresswoman Nineth Montenegro of the political party
Encuentro por Guatemala.
In 2005 she was one of eight lawyers selected for recognition by the Guatemalan Constitutional Court. In 2007 she earned the "Valuable Literary Contribution and Academic Career Award" from the Dean of the Law and Social Sciences Faculty at the University of San Carlos.
For more information, contact Brian Turner at
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