A public lecture by Ruben Dario Gomez Gonzalez will take place at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Center for Global Citizenship Seminar Room 124.
Ruben Dario Gomez Gonzalez is an expert on the Mayan culture. He immerses his audience in the culture of the Maya as he leads them on a journey through the rise and fall of this ancient civilization. He will share how their culture is expressed today through native dress, arts and customs.
Gomez was born in the town of Chichicastenango, in the highlands of Guatemala. At the age of 12, with only three years of education and the determination to succeed, he began his life in the tour industry. For the past 45 years he has shared his knowledge of the archeological sites of his country and his passion for the ancient Mayan civilization through his work as an archeological tour guide. He has guided and translated for the National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. His ability to speak five languages, his knowledge of his country and his passion for his people make him one of the most sought-after guides in the country. For the past three years he has shared his story with schools, colleges and universities all over the United States.
This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Center for International Studies and the Mustard Seed Peace Project.