Rigoberta Menchu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her book “I, Rigoberta Menchu: an Indian Woman in Guatemala,” will speak at MU on Friday as part of the fall 2007 salon series, sponsored by the Center for Arts and Humanities. The talk will take place in collaboration with William Woods University.
Some controvery surrounded Mechu’s victory, as some scholars have debated whether Menchu’s book contains an element of exaggeration. Menchu has argued that she didn’t lie, and even if she did, her book still serves its purpose.
The Center for Arts and Humanities Salon Series was started by Professor
Elaine Lawless in 2005-2006 when she took over as director of the CAH. They usually include lectures by various faculty members, and one high-profile speaker a semester.
According to Claire Schmidt, assistant to Lawless at the CAH, “Salons are usually more informal and relaxed; this gives the speakers and the audience the opportunity to share ideas and information and get to know each other across departments.”
Next semester, the CAH will bring Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz from Washington University in St.Louis, who will speak about her new book, Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran, which examines present day Iran and perceptions held of it.
Each salon is free and open to the public. Menchu’s lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Room N210 and N211 of Memorial Union.