Friday, April 11, 2008

Lecture by Maya Professor Gaspar Pedro Gonzalez on Monday, April 14 @ CSUN

Professor Gaspar Pedro Gonzalez will be giving a lecture and reading on Monday, April 14, 2008, from noon-1:45pm in the Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall #451.

Professor Gaspar Pedro Gonzalez is a Maya-Q�anjob�al novelist, poet, painter, and literary critic. He is a graduate of the Universidad Mariano G�lvez in Guatemala City where he currently teaches Mayan literature and oral tradition. He is a member of the Academy of Mayan Languages . He has served as an official of the Ministry of Culture of Guatemala . In addition, Gonz�lez founded and serves as president of Sb'eyb'al, a leading Mayan cultural organization, which organized the First and Second Congresses of Indigenous Literature of the Americas in Guatemala City in 1998 and 1999. He has published several trilingual literary works (Maya-Q�anjob�al, Spanish and English). His book entitled Kotz'ib', nuestra literaturas maya (1997) is an important text that provides cultural and literary parameters in our interpretation of Indigenous cultural productions. His second novel, El retorno de los mayas/The Return of the Maya (2000) deals with the return of a group of Mayan refugees to Guatemala .
His other works published include The Dry Season; Q'anjob'al Maya Poems(2001) and 13 B'aktun: La nueva era 2012 (El fin del ciclo desde la �ptica maya contempor�nea) (2006). Gonz�lez�s two novels, collection of poetry and his text on Maya literature are widely used in university classrooms.

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