Keynote Speakers

Dan Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University

Dan Everett

Dan Everett is a linguist focused on understanding how cultural values constrain language, incorporating the tradition of William James.  He has conducted extensive field research throughout jungle villages and has worked closely in Brazil, completing an Sc.D. in Linguistics at the University of Campinas. Over the years, he has taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Manchester, and Illinois State University. He is now the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University. 

Keynote Address: Latin American Indigenous Cultures in Western Science and Society Or Why the Grave of Frederick the Great is Covered in Potatoes

Abstract: Latin American indigenous languages have altered our understanding of our species and how it copes with the common problems of human survival. They bring to us foods, philosophies, languages, and concepts of diversity that are unique and profound. My focus in this talk is life and learning among Latin American indigenous peoples, focusing on my work among various indigenous societies of Brazil. I will argue that culture is far richer than often believed and that environment cannot explain values or languages. Latin American societies have produced profound cognitive innovations that should be more widely known.


María Coca Chavarría, Professor for the Graduate School at San Marcos University

Maria Chavarria

Maria C. Chavarria is an outstanding linguist and teacher. She studied at San Marcos University in Peru where she got her Bachelor's in Linguistics and Education. Later, she attended the University of Minnesota and got a Master's and a Ph.D. from that institution. She has worked with Amazonian languages, especially Ese Eja (Takanan family) in Peru and Bolivia. In addition, Professor Chavarria has written many articles and books regarding Ese Eja language, oral tradition and bilingual education. She has been a teacher at San Marcos University in Peru, Indiana University (Fort Wayne), University of Saint Thomas and Macalester College in Minnesota. Her work has been recognized by Spencer Foundation (1996), Guggenheim (1999) and Endowment for the Humanities (2008). She helped Ese Eja people from Peru to design their first alphabet, which is being used in the schools. Professor Chavarría has collected Ese Eja’s oral tradition for many years and recently the Peruvian government has published it in a bilingual edition. Currently, she is a professor at the Graduate School at San Marcos University.

Keynote Address: Forthcoming


Gaspar Pedro González, Author

Gaspar

Gaspar Pedro González es un autor y académico guatemalteco, bien conocido por su libro La Otra Cara, que presenta la historia de las vidas de las mayas q’anjob’ales de Guatemala. El libro ha sido traducido a idiomas como inglés y alemán y utilizado por maestros de veinte universidades en los Estados Unidos. Él tiene su maestría y posgrado superior en Políticas Públicas e Interculturalidad por la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala y también tiene un posgrado en Gerencia Social del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y un diplomado de posgrado sobre Economía de la Cultura de la Cooperación Iberoamericana. Él ha trabajado como el Director General de Culturas y Artes por el Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes y un Coordinador Departamental de Educación Extra-escolar en diversas comunidades, entre otros. Finalmente, Gaspar Pedro Gonzaléz tiene muchos reconocimientos: fue declarado personaje del año 2009 por CODISRA por los méritos de ser escritor y académico y también tiene reconocimiento por la Unión Europa como líder indígena, entre otros. 

Keynote Address: "La Palabra, Principal Elemento de las Culturas Mayas"

Abstract: Gaspar Pedro González presentará una lectura en tres partes, sobre “La Palabra, Principal Elemento de las Culturas” con un énfasis en la cultura maya. Él enfocará primero en la cultura, sobre los aspectos conceptuales, aspectos históricos, clasificaciones de la cultura y la cultura e la identidad. Segundo, él hablará sobre la palabra como producto del pensamiento, las características de los idiomas mayas y la relación entre culturas e idiomas. Finalmente, él presentará la literatura indígena con respeto a la palabra oral y escrita, enfocando en los cánones de la literatura maya, las etapas de la literatura indígena en América y los conceptos de: indianista, indigenista e indígena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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