Lunch with Rigoberto Quemé Chay

Lunch with Rigoberto Quemé Chay

The Central American Studies Working Group de UCLA and the Latin American Institute would like to invite you to a lunch and open conversation with Rigoberto Quemé Chay

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
11372 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Rigoberto Quemé Chay is a Maya-Kiché intellectual, anthropologist, and activist. He has participated in different indigenous political movements in Guatemala since the 1960s, and he is an expert on indigenous rights, mobilization, and racism. Rigoberto Quemé has been a researcher at the Universidad de San Carlos and one of the main promoters for the creation of a Mayan University. He was also the first elected indigenous mayor of Quetzaltenango (1995-2004). Nowadays, he leads a group of diverse social and political actors who are fighting against the persistence of colonialism and the advances of neoliberalism, as well as support processes of self-determination for the peoples of Guatemala.

Intelectual, antropólogo y activista Maya-Kiché, vinculado desde la década de 1960 a diversos movimientos políticos indígenas en Guatemala y experto en derechos indígenas, participación y racismo. Ha sido investigador de la Universidad de San Carlos e impulsor del proyecto de creación de una Universidad Maya. También fue el primer alcalde indígena electo de Quetzaltenango (1995-2004). Actualmente lidera un grupo plural compuesto por actores políticos y sociales que buscan contrarrestar el avance del neoliberalismo, interrumpir la continuidad del colonialismo y lograr la autodeterminación de los pueblos. 


Cost: Free & Open to the Public

For more information please contact

Jennifer Lainez

Download File: Rigoberto-Queme-Chay_English-xq-lsx.pdf

Sponsor(s): Central American Studies Working Group, Latin American Institute