The University of Arizona

'Tlakatl: What it Means to be Human Symposium'

An all-day student and community symposium will examine what it means to be human, particularly as it pertains to living in Arizona in 2013. Students will examine the history of de-humanization on this continent, including present-day dehumanizing laws.

Students/community will also examine how society and governments determine who is human and who is not, who is legal and who is not. Presenters will include K-12 students, UA and Pima CC students, Indigenous maestros from the UA-Scholarships for Education and Economic Development and SEMILLAS program, including several keynotes and presentations from; Chief Jake Edwards of the Onandaga Nation, Steven Martin (UA-NASA), Vivian G. Lopez, Dulce Juarez (ACLU), Tupak Enrique Acosta and Evie Aguirre (Tonatierra), Jose Matus (Alianza Indigena), Kim Dominguez, Isabel Garcia (Derechos Humanos) Raul Al-qaraz (Corazon de Tucson), UA graduate students, Devora Gonzalez and Mari Galup.

Prior to the symposium, students and the community will run from 23rd/8th in South Tucson to the Kiva room at the Student Union Memorial Center where there will be an opening ceremony. For more information, email The run is happening in light of the recent events in Arizona in which a number of students and community were arrested for speaking out against what they believe to be inhumane police-immigration policies that continue to separate families.

This event is sponsored by UA-Mexican American Studies, UA American Indian Studies, UA-Native American Student Affairs. UA-Chicano Hispano Student Affairs, UA-MECHA, UA Latin American Studies, Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, Calpolli Teoxicalli, Tonatierra, Corazon de Tucson – Derechos Humanos, Las Promotoras-Derechos Humanos, Tierra y Libertad, Calpolli Teoxicalli, Puente Human Rights Movement, ScholarshipsAZ, Tohono O'odham Student Association, UNIDO.

November 19, 2013   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Audience Size: 
Large (101-500)


Student Union Memorial Center, Kiva Room
Tucson , AZ
United States

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UA-Mexican American Studies
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