Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum spent a busy day in Storrs on Tuesday before delivering the 2012 UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights Lecture in the Student Union Theatre.
Menchú Tum spoke with students from El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, and from the Honors Program, before meeting with President Susan Herbst and Amii Omara-Otunnu, UNESCO Chair-holder in Comparative Human Rights.
Discussions with the students were facilitated by Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, director of El Instituto and associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Anne Gebelein, assistant professor-in-residence and associate director of El Instituto.
Just before the UNESCO address, there was a screening of “When the Mountains Tremble,” the award-winning documentary about Menchú Tum’s experiences and the struggles and sufferings of the Mayan people.
For video of Menchú Tum’s address, click here.