Salt Lake Community College

Unsilenced: A Personal Journey Toward Social Justice for Indigenous People

Join us in welcoming Colombian-Wayuu author and attorney Estercilia Simanca Pushaina to SLCC on February 27 at Noon in the Oak Room of the Student Center.  Ms. Simanca Pushaina has sued the Colombian government twice on behalf of the Wayuu, the indigenous people of the Guajira Peninsula.  Her short stories, considered essential reading for contemporary Latin American literature, celebrate and challenge Wayuu tradition, and reflect on its (mis)alignment with the Colombian government’s perspectives and practices.  Her story, “Declares he cannot sign, born December 31,” became a rallying cry for indigenous people everywhere.  Ms. Simanca Pushaina will discuss her role as a lawyer and as a writer for an empowering literary movement that champions the ideals of equity and social justice for the Wayuu people as well as other indigenous peoples in Colombia, and whose impact is felt throughout the Americas and the world.  

Thursday, February 27 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

SLCC Student Center, Oak Room 4600 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville UT 84123