Professor Metz has focused his research on the changing quality of life and the politics of identity among impoverished Ch'orti'-Maya subsistence farmers in eastern Guatemala and western Honduras, and mestizos in the former Ch’orti’-speaking area of northwestern El Salvador. He is currently writing a book on the contradictory approaches – deconstructionist vs. activist in particular – to indigenous recognition, for which he uses his research in the former Ch’orti’-speaking region as a point of departure. The digital version of the book will include video pop-ups, dozens of maps, photos, and audio recordings. The next phase of his career, which he has already begun with the co-founding and service to the Lawrence Centro Hispano, an applied field school in Honduras, and the co-founding of an Engineers Without Borders professional chapter, involves development in the broadest sense, including identity, consciousness raising, technology, health, and political participation. Besides his Mayan research, he has also undertaken ethnographic research among Mexican-American migrant farmworkers in Michigan, on religious festivals in Seville, Spain, and of agrochemical practices among Costa Rican coffee farmers.
"My Life as a Student of African American History and Culture: An Appreciation"
Professor Emeritus Bill Tuttle presenting The Bill Tuttle Distinguished Lecture in American Studies
Thursday, October 5 | 4 p.m.
Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
University of Kansas campus
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Indigenous Studies Program
Presentation on Tribal Disenrollment with Attorneys Bree Black Horse and Gabe Galanda
Thursday, October 12 | 12:30 p.m.
107 Green Hall, University of Kansas campus
Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15
Haskell Indian Nations University
Events occur in conjunction with Homecoming & 90th anniversary festivities. Activities include walking tours, music, panel discussions and Q&As, educational and cultural demonstrations, food, student clubs, and informational booths.
Free and open to the public.
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