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Historical Trauma and Challenges of Guatemalan Immigrant Families

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Tuesday, March 14, Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer, chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at UMass Dartmouth will outline some of the historic factors that have shaped migration of Guatemalan immigrants to the United States — and specifically to New Bedford.

Nearly all the Guatemalan immigrants in New Bedford are indigenous Maya K’iche’ people, and knowing something about their history of displacement, discrimination, and genocide can help us understand the challenges they face in Southeastern Massachusetts. This will be a very interactive session, and the specific content will be shaped by your questions and needs.

Dr. Knauer has been working with and writing about the Central American immigrant community since the Michael Bianco raid in 2007, and she has also conducted research in Guatemala since 2009.  As a Fulbright scholar in 2011, she lived in the small town of Chinique — one of the three main communities of origin for New Bedford’s Maya population.


March 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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