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Contemporary Zapatismo in Chiapas

Date: September 24 2011 10:00am - 1:00pm Location: SCCC 115

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The Zapatista movement in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas has inspired hope for alternatives to globalization since the indigenous uprising in 1994.  

This presentation provides a personal introduction to the history, politics, and social context of the region and will discuss the Zapatista teachings we can apply to our own communities in addressing our current crises.

We will also explore Zapatismo’s conception of “La Otra” (other ways of thinking, being, and doing, as well as other forms of self-governance, autonomous education, and self-healing) in their reimagining a world that goes beyond capitalist and individualist modalities.  

Attendees will gain a basic understanding of:

1) The history of the contemporary Zapatista movement since its uprising in 1994;

2) The main ideas and practices behind the formulation of new kinds of autonomous government, health care, gender relations, education, and more;

3) The everyday life and learning of Universidad de la Tierra (CIDECI) in San Cristobal, an innovative approach to higher education in a poor, oppressed region; and

4) Community organization and life in the autonomous municipality of Oventic.

Registration: This event is free and open to the public, however space is very limited. If you will be attending please RSVP below.

CEU option: 3 CEUs are available for a $20 fee. Please contact the Center for Community Engagement at 503-768-6040 if you would like CEUs.

About the Presenter

Charlotte Sáenz, Ed.M., M.F.A., divides her time between her homes in Mexico and San Francisco, where she teaches Global Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her community arts and education work around the world focuses on transformative learning and creative expression towards social change. She is a part of the global Learning Societies network, a member of Universidad de la Tierra in Chiapas, and also worked with UniTierra Oaxaca on a traveling program called “Beyond Globalization.”

Charlotte’s past projects include a community arts-ecology workshop and collaborative video documentaries with FOMMA (a Mayan women’s performance group in Chiapas) and an interdisciplinary community arts and technology center with the state university in Tlaxcala, Mexico.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Charlotte has a B.A. in Art from Yale University and a Masters in International Education from Harvard University.  She also studied political philosophy at the University of Southern California and received an M.F.A. in Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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