Our program includes the following brown bag discussions for instructors and students, which will all take place 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:


January 23 and 24: Jo-Marie Burt, a professor of Government at GMU, on the civil war in Guatemala (Robinson A447)
• February 20: Clara Beaulieu, a professor of Spanish at GMU, on Testimonial Literature (JC Room G)
February 21: Silvia Kurlat, a professor of Spanish at GMU, on Testimonial Literature (JC Room G)
March 27: Jorge Rogachevsky, a professor of Spanish at St. Mary's College of Maryland, on David Stoll's book Rigoberta Menchú and the Story of all Poor Guatemalans, and the controversy it generated on the authenticity of IRM (Robinson A447)
March 28: Martha Francescato, a professor of Spanish at GMU, and Miriam Enríquez, a GMU History major and Latin American Studies minor, on teaching and learning from the controversy (Robinson A447)

Text and Community Film Series:
Please invite your students and colleagues!

We will show two films relevant to our program in SUB II Rooms 3-4
from 12-2pm on the following dates.


February 22 : The Houses Are Full of Smoke; A documentary on the "Scorched Earth" campaign against the highland Maya in 1980's Guatemala. Includes interviews with indigenous and religious activists, the military, victims, and governmental elites.

March 14: Men With Guns (John Sayles, 1992) A fictional account of an affluent, apolitical doctor nearing retirement in an unnamed Latin American nation, who suddenly has his consciousness raised about the violence in the countryside.

For more information, see http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/menwithguns/










        The capstone of our program is a panel on the controversy, to be held on
April 25 at 3:00 p.m., which will include David Stoll, a professor of Anthropology at Middlebury College and William Mitchell, a professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University, Roger Lancaster, a professor of Anthropology at George Mason University, and Linda Seligmann, a professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. For more information, please contact Lisa Rabin, Associate Professor of Spanish and Director, Study of the Americas Program (lrabin@gmu.edu, (703) 993-1350).

Text and Community is a program of the English Department at George Mason University. The Text and Community Web Site is sponsored and created by the New Media Group in English.