Mayas and Chapinxs at Sundance

By William Ramírez (CLACS ’15) *Watch upcoming screenings of 500 Years at NYU on April 21st and April 23rd , 2018. It had only been about two months since I started my position as Visual Arts Engagement Coordinator at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) in San José, California when I received the newsContinue reading “Mayas and Chapinxs at Sundance”

Time Goes by So Slowly

Posted by Katie Schlechter – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU At this point in my research/reporting trip, I’ve visited five different migrant shelters in four different states. I’ve spent time in shelters just a few hours drive from the US-Mexico border and I’ve been in casas 45 minutes from Mexico’s southernContinue reading “Time Goes by So Slowly”

Security, Red Tape, and Human Rights on the Mexico-Guatemala border

By Laura Weiss, NYU CLACS student My research this summer has to do with social movement responses to human rights abuses that have arisen or worsened as a result of U.S.-Mexico policy. One of my case examples for my thesis will be to explore the buildup and consequences of the Southern Border Plan – andContinue reading “Security, Red Tape, and Human Rights on the Mexico-Guatemala border”

Sharing Tears With Maya Chinchilla

Posted by William Ramirez – MA Candidate at CLACS This summer I traveled to Guatemala with the intention of learning more about current trends and developments in Guatemalan literary, poetic, and artistic production. In recent years, there has been a surge in not only scholarly, but also literary and artistic production of the “Central American”Continue reading “Sharing Tears With Maya Chinchilla”

Segregated Communities, Segregated Litter

Posted by William Ramirez – MA Candidate at CLACS This past winter break I visited Guatemala for the second time in a year. Prior to that, it had been 10 years since I travelled to the country my parents migrated from in the early 1980’s. This last trip, as the one a year before, provedContinue reading “Segregated Communities, Segregated Litter”

Avoiding Narcotourism

Everyone loves to travel. In 2008, 924 million people traveled abroad. That is a lot of people contributing an enormous amount of money to foreign economies. For obvious reasons many people think of tourism as having a positive impact to the economy of any area that utilizes it to create jobs, preserve natural resources, andContinue reading “Avoiding Narcotourism”

Inevitable Change: Tourism’s Impact on Indigenous Communities in Guatemala

I have returned to Guatemala to do field research for the NYU CLACS masters program after having served in this country as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2008-2010. Even though I am now in a different location of the country from when I served as a volunteer, many elements of the towns San Pedro LaContinue reading “Inevitable Change: Tourism’s Impact on Indigenous Communities in Guatemala”

Focus on Faculty: Liliana Goldín

Anthropologist Liliana Goldín is a CLACS affiliated professor in the Silver School of Social Work, and a faculty research associate at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her research focuses on the intersections of economy and culture in Guatemala, and the ways in which primarily Mayan populations of the Central and Western HighlandsContinue reading “Focus on Faculty: Liliana Goldín”

Motorbike Musings in Guatemala

Everyday I ruffle plastic overalls over my jeans when whisperings of rain saturate our senses and afternoon water darkens the clouds. Our rides can be long, bumpy and wonderfully gritty; occasionally I daydream I’ve made it to the final tryout for an international development/microfinance biker gang. Granted, I’m not actually driving, I wear the cheapestContinue reading “Motorbike Musings in Guatemala”