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*Cancelled* Tradition and Resistance: Transitions in Indigenous Cultures – A Dialogues Seminar

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

*Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this Dialogue Seminar has been cancelled*


In collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Global economic and cultural changes have profoundly affected indigenous cultures throughout the Americas, but these changes have also given indigenous people new reasons to reaffirm their cultural identities as they resist globalizing social forces. In this dialogue seminar, Emilio del Valle Escalante will examine how Indians in Guatemala have defined and defended their cultural autonomy amid repressive outside interventions, and Benjamin Frey will explain how Cherokee communities in North Carolina have reasserted their identity through a new emphasis on the Cherokee language and the vibrant traditions of Cherokee culture.


Defending Mayan Identity and Culture in Modern Guatemala

Emilio del Valle Escalante, Associate Professor of Spanish

Pushing Back: The Cherokee Language and Indigenous Knowledge in the 21st Century 

Benjamin Frey, Assistant Professor of American Studies and American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Affirming and Defending Indigenous Cultures in Modern Nations and Global Systems

A panel discussion with our speakers



9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Saturday, October 21, 2017. The tuition is $65. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

UNC-CH faculty and staff are eligible for a 50% discount on the tuition for our weekend seminars.  Advance registration is required, and optional meals are full price.

UNC-CH graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend our weekend seminars free of charge, space permitting, but advance registration is required.  Students may request to register beginning the Monday before the seminar by calling our main phone number, 919-962-1544, or by emailing our registrar at  Any optional meals are full price.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues seminar information a week before the program date.


October 21, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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