Apr 24, 2024, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
399 Ruehl Family Room, Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building



Event Description

Humberto Iglesias Tepec is an educator, translator and native-speaker of Nahuatl.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language Teaching from the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, he also boasts certification as a Nahuatl speaker from The Academy of Nahuatl Language and Culture of Santa Ana Tlacotenco. His academic journey includes specialized training in descriptive linguistics, phonetics, and cultural empathy, alongside a commitment to the documentation and teaching of Nahuatl. Currently he serves as a research tutor at the Instituto de Educación Media Superior (IEMS), and he also instructs methodology for teaching Nahuatl as a second language, supported by the Secretary of Education of Mexico City. Humberto's endeavors extend beyond the classroom, as he actively contributes to projects aiming to preserve and promote linguistic diversity, such as his ongoing work on developing a Nahuatl-Spanish dictionary and a teaching manual for Nahuatl as a second language. He is currently working on Princeton’s Translating Mesoamerica Project, through which he is translating some of the most prominent manuscripts in Nahuatl housed in Special Collections at Princeton University Library.

Felipe H. Lopez is a Zapotec writer, poet, and educator from San Lucas Quiaviní, Oaxaca. He earned his Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA in 2007 and currently teaches in the Departments of Political Science and Latino/a Studies at Seton Hall University. He is originally from the Zapotec town of San Lucas Quiaviní, Oaxaca. At the age of 16 he migrated to Los Angeles, California, speaking no English and little Spanish. He is co-author of a trilingual Zapotec-Spanish-English dictionary of his language (Munro & Lopez et al. 1999) as well as an online, open access multimedia textbook used to teach his language at the university level (Munro et al. 2008). His Zapotec poetry can be found in the Latin American Literary Review, The Acentos Review, and Latin American Literature Today. His Zapotec short story Liaza Chaa ‘I am going home’ was awarded the 2017 Premios CaSa prize, an annual competition for the creation of literature in Zapotec. In 2023, he co-founded the Zapotec Language Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Zapotec documentation, teaching, and learning both in Oaxaca and the diaspora.

Estela Imigo is a Ph.D. Mapuche-williche student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a Fulbright scholar. She holds a BA in Pedagogy in Language and communication, a MA in Contemporary Hispanic American Literature (summa cum laude) earned thanks to the support of the CONICyT scholarship, and a Diploma in Audiovisual Arts with a mention in Documentary Film. Her M.A. dissertation, Lof ñi nütram, comunidad de la voz en la narrativa mapuche contemporánea, investigates relationships between narrative, memory, and oraliture in the contemporary Mapuche literature. As a result of her thesis work, she directed a FIC Valdivia (2022) exhibited documentary called Mareros, based on the book Pulotre by Bernardo Colipán. Estela has been editor of Documentos Lingüísticos y Literarios Journal (UACh), Hacer Cantar la Maravilla (FCE Chile, 2022) and Poéticas Andino-amazónicas y del Wallmapu (2022). She also taught semiotic and indigenous literature courses at Universidad Austral de Chile. Currently, her research focuses on the links between indigenous literature and cinema studies.

Gustavo Blanco is an Aymara Sociology student from Bolivia. His independent work is strongly related to rural-urban migration from Indigenous communities and its impact on Environmental conservation. Back in Bolivia, he leads the environmental restoration project "Uru-Uru team," and on campus, he is involved in leadership at the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity, Undergraduate Student Government, and the Princeton Latin American Student Association on campus. 

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