Skip to main content
Browse by:
GROUP

Until further notice, in-person public events have been canceled. This includes recruitment events, tours, student programs, reunions, performances, conferences and social events.
Event listings include how to access online content. Contact event sponsor with questions.
Please note that all visitors to campus must comply with Duke’s community safety measures, which include wearing a mask,
check https://returnto.duke.edu/campus-visitors/ before coming to campus, and follow direction provided by campus personnel.

*CANCELED* Trade, Improvement and Survival: An Indigenous Approach to the Current Immigration "Crisis"

photo of Dr. Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj
**CANCELED**
Icon calendar
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Icon time
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Icon speaker
Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj

This talk will address the theme of migration from an indigenous perspective within a larger context of racial oppression. Dr. Velasquez states: "My argument stems from a recognition of the need to reflect on issues of migration, race and indigenous peoples simultaneously. This approach turns out to be a complex task, since these are topics that the media, everyday life, institutions and even in academia addressed separately. In addition, I view migration not only as an analytical category, or a recent process that is exclusively negative or criminalized, because for the indigenous peoples of north, center or South America, migrating was not always a means of survival, as it is now due to the pressure of the world economic system. Historically for many indigenous groups, migrating stems from a process of trade, as well as cultural and intellectual exchange, present since pre-Hispanic times and that despite the current political pressure, tries to maintain its continuity." This talk will be in English.

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, Maya-K'iche' journalist, activist, and a 2019-2020 Stanford University visiting professor from Guatemala. Dr. Nimatuj is an international spokeswoman for Indigenous communities in Central America and was the first Maya-K'iche' woman to earn a doctorate in social anthropology in Guatemala.