Erin Beck

“Gender Justice in Guatemala: Advances and Challenges,” a talk by Erin Beck and Lynn Stephen

January 19, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

guatema_vendorErb Memorial Union (EMU)
Room 119
UO campus

UO professors Erin Beck and Lynn Stephen will discuss their research in a CLLAS Faculty Collaborative Research talk titled “Gender Justice in Guatemala: Advances and Challenges.” The talk will take place in Room 119 in the Erb Memorial Union on January 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.

Presentation Focus
“In Guatemala, a woman is killed every twelve hours and her killer is likely to go unpunished. Feminicide—the killing of women based on their gender in the face of a negligent or complicit state—is the extremity of gendered violence, which includes sexual assault, gender-specific forms of torture, and economic and psychological violence towards women. Our project explores the accomplishments and challenges of Guatemala’s new feminicide law and specialized gender violence courts. We use in-depth ethnographic and qualitative analysis of the participants: judges, social workers, advocates in women’s organizations, those who train judges and advocates about gendered violence and its prevention, and survivors of gendered violence. This presentation will focus on the history of the feminicide courts and use the case study of indigenous Mam women from Todos Santos Cuchamatan, Huehuetenango to explore what the obstacles to women’s access to gendered justice are: including monolingualism, isolation and poverty, regional cultures of competing generational masculinities, and local justice systems that encourage women to reconcile with aggressors.”

Erin Beck is an assistant professor in the UO Department of Political Science. CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen is a Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, in the UO Department of Anthropology.

Their CLLAS-funded research is the first phase of a long-term collaborative project.

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Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

May 10, 2016
3:00 pmto5:30 pm

AmericasRIG_large_poster_final2Browsing Room
Knight Library
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Panel: Combining Activism and Research: Synergies and Obstacles

Presentations by:

  • Daniel HoSang, UO Department of Political Science
  • Lynn Stephen, UO Department of Anthropology
  • Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj is a journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for indigenous cultures. She was Executive Director of the Mecanismo de Apoyo a Pueblos Indígenas Oxlajuj Tzikin (Support Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples) (2005-2013). Dr. Velásquez Nimatuj is the first Maya-K’iche’ woman to earn the doctorate in Social Anthropology and she initiated the court case that made racial discrimination illegal in Guatemala.

Irma Velasquez

She has won numerous academic fellowships and awards for her journalism, She was a member of the Latin American Consulting Group of Indigenous Leaders for UNICEF and participates in the UN through the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She also served as advisor on indigenous issues for the Latin American and Caribbean office of UN Women (2014-2015). She is the author of Pueblos Indígenas, Estado y Lucha por Tierra en Guatemala (AVANCSO 2008) and La pequeña burguesía indígena comercial de Guatemala Desigualdades de clase, raza y género (AVANCSO-SERJUS 2002). She writes a weekly newspaper column in elPeriódico de Guatemala and through both her political and academic efforts seeks to create viable and realistic ways to create equality for indigenous people and a truly democratic and participatory democracy in Guatemala.

Sponsored by CSWS’s Americas Research Interest Group (Americas RIG), CLLAS, Department of Political Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences Program Grant.

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Discussing Genocide and Human Rights in the Classroom: Challenges & Opportunities

June 5, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Human-Rights-Curriculum_final140 Allen Hall
UO campus

PDFs now available for these presentations at http://cllas.uoregon.edu/?p=5692

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) presents:

Teaching Human Rights in the Context of the Museum

  • Stephanie Wood, PhD, Director, Wired Humanities Projects, University of Oregon
  • June Irene Black, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art / Assistant Curator for the Arts of the Americas and Europe, University of Oregon

The Thirst for Rights: The Struggle for Water in Latin America and Africa

  • Erin Beck, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon
  • Yvonne Braun, Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and International Studies

“Gustavo Germano: Ausencias” Exhibit is available to view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through August 2015. For more information, visit:   http://jsma.uoregon.edu/exhibits/

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Erin Beck: Development or Debt? The Long-term Effects of Microcredit for Guatemalan Women

April 17, 2014
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
Walnut Room

Erin-Beck-Poster_WEBCLLAS Faculty / Collaborative Grantee Presentation

by Erin Beck, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Since its introduction in Latin America in the 1970s, microcredit quickly became a powerful force across the region. Today microcredit accounts for 45 percent of all lending in Latin America, reaching 18 million people, the vast majority of them poor women. And yet, there is surprisingly little systematic information about microcredit’s long-term economic and social effects. Instead, most microfinance institutions (MFIs) look at their repayment rates to evaluate their success and often lack the resources or will to keep track of their beneficiaries after they have left the organization, inhibiting their ability to determine their long-term effects. As a corrective, Erin Beck partnered with Fundación Namaste Guatemaya (Namaste) to study the long-term effects of a microcredit “plus” approach, with generous support from the Center of Latino/a and Latin American Studies’ (CLLAS) Seed Grant for Faculty and Collaborative Research.

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