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Anthropology Professor to Speak at 'Human Rights: Theory and Practice' Symposium

April 19, 2010


Professor Victoria Sanford

Professor Victoria Sanford (Anthropology Department) will give the opening lecture at the "Human Rights: Theory and Practice" Interdisciplinary Symposium on Friday, April 23, at City College's Center for Worker Education. Free and open to the pubic, the all-day symposium will begin at 10 a.m. at the Center's location on 25 Broadway at Bowling Green.

Titled "The Land of Pale Hands: Feminicide, Social Cleansing, and Impunity in Guatemala," the lecture will focus on Professor Sanford's ongoing research in the area. Currently on leave from Lehman's Anthropology Department, she is spending the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution.

Professor Sanford's research focuses on collective memory, community reconstruction, human rights, and international humanitarian law during internal armed conflicts. She is the author of Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala (2003), as well as Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy, and Activism (2006), and La Masacre de Panzos: Etnicidad, tierra y violencia en Guatemala (2006). She has conducted extensive research in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and South Africa and won several fellowships, awards, and honors.

For more information, download the program.