Lydia Rodríguez, Department of
Foreign Languages, and Francisco Alarcón, Department of
Mathematics, interviewed 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú Tum in December 2012.
Rodriguez and Alarcón had the rare opportunity to sit down for an hour-and-a-half interview at Menchú Tum’s home in Mixco, Guatemala. The interview covered many topics ranging from the 13th Baktun to women, education and politics in Guatemala. Forthcoming articles about the interview are to follow.
Menchú Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan of the Quiché ethnic Mayan group. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, and in 1998 she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award from Spain. Over the years, Menchú Tum has become widely known as a leading advocate of human rights of the indigenous people in Guatemala and in the Western Hemisphere as well as women’s rights. Her work has earned her several international awards. Menchú Tum is an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She has been awarded over 20 honorary degrees from various distinguished world universities.