Whittier College News Release
Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu to Speak at Whittier College
Rigoberta Menchu, winner
of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, will
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13
The Ruth B. Shannon Center
for the Performing Arts at Whittier
COST: Free, but tickets are required.
ADD: Menchu’s 1984 autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchu told the world not just her own story, but also about the lives of her fellow Indians in Guatemala. Her book and the campaign she led for social justice brought international attention to the conflict between indigenous Indians and the military government of Guatemala. She used the $1.2 million that came with the prize to set up a foundation in her father’s name to continue the fight for human rights for the indigenous people. Due to her effort, the United Nations declared 1993 the International Year for Indigenous Populations.
The talk will be in Spanish with a professional translator offering immediate translation into English. There will be a question and answer period following her talk.
INFORMATION: Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.
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