Kenyon College

Maria Luisa Rosal and Devora Gonzalez on School of the Americas Watch

September 18, 2018 7:00pm – 10:00pm

In partnership with Associate Professor of Sociology, Jennifer Johnson, the Gund Gallery will participate in the 2018 speaker series tour organized by Earlham College’s Border Studies Program, which seeks to open dialogue on salient issues pertaining to migration, transnational justice, and human rights. The Gund Gallery is just one of several institutions that will host presentations by community organizer and activist Maria Luisa Rosal and Dévora González on this multi-campus tour. Rosal’s and González’s talk will focus on the work of SOA Watch, a nonviolent grassroots movement working to close the SOA (School of the Americas) / WHINSEC (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) and similar centers that train state actors such as military, law enforcement and border patrol. SOA Watch strives to expose, denounce, and end US militarization, oppressive US policies and other forms of state violence in the Americas, and acts in solidarity with organizations and movements working for justice and peace throughout the Americas. Over the past 27 years, SOA Watch has grown to become the largest grassroots Latin America solidarity organization in the United States. In 2016, the organization moved to the US/ Mexico borderlands to call attention to militarized US foreign policy as a principal root cause of migration, as well as the devastating impact US security and immigration policy has on refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant families all over the continent.

Tuesday, September 18, 7:00-10:00 PM
Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Maria Luisa Rosal has been an organizer within the SOA Watch staff collective since 2013. She earned her BA in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and earned her Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization in Latin America and the Caribbean from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A political refugee in the US, Maria Luisa and her family fled Guatemala during the height of the armed conflict after the 1983 disappearance of her father.

Dévora González was born and raised in Los Angeles to migrant parents that found refuge in the city. Being raised in a Central American community, the political and historical knowledge she gathered stemmed from oral history and narratives of migration from her family, friends, and community. The gaps in her understanding led her to California State University, Northridge where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Central American Studies and Psychology and felt empowered to create positive change in her community.

Sponsored by Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor of Sociology, and the Gund Gallery.

The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.