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NOBEL LAUREATE RIGOBERTA MENCHU TUM AT MIAMI
OXFORD, Ohio -- A two-day visit to Miami University by Rigoberta
Menchú Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner, will be highlighted by a free
public lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Hall Auditorium.
Menchú Tum, who will be awarded an honorary degree by Miami, also
will be the keynote speaker at the annual Women of Color luncheon at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 4, at the Shriver Center multi-purpose room. Luncheon tickets
are $8 ($5 for Miami students) and are being sold by Miami Women's Center,
Her 1983 book, I, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, An Indian Woman in
Guatemala, and her 15-year campaign for a peaceful end to the Guatemalan
civil war brought Menchú Tum worldwide attention. She attended several
of the accord signings marking that 36-year war's end in late 1996.
Of Mayan-Quiche descent, she grew up in the Guatemalan countryside,
working as a child laborer and domestic worker. She fled to Mexico in 1980
after Guatemalan armed forces tortured and killed her activist parents and a
Some 100,000 people were killed during that civil war, an estimated 40,000
"disappeared," and about one million were driven from their homes or into
At 21 years old, the self-educated Menchú began working for labor
and human rights groups as well as in the defense of victims of government
repression around the world.
The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she also was nominated by
the United Nations as Goodwill Ambassador for the International Decade of
Indigenous Peoples in 1993 and in 1996 received France's Legion of Honor
Menchú Tum currently presides over the Indigenous Initiative for
Peace and the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation.
Her visit is part of the university's Latin American Celebration 1996-97.
It is sponsored by Western College Alumnae Association, the office of the
provost, Grayson-Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series of the international studies
program, Latin American studies program, women's studies, honors program, and
the Women of Color program.
She will also give a free public speech sponsored by the World Affairs
Council of Greater Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4.
Tickets are needed for the free March 3 Hall Auditorium lecture. They
will be available starting at 6 p.m. that day at the auditorium. For more
information, call (513) 529-7592.