Category Archives: RLC Cordoba

Open Seminar with indigenous peoples of Argentina

RLC Campus Córdoba is offering an open seminar with indigenous peoples of Argentina.

The seminar will be developed with Mbya Guarani indigenous people and institutional partners in Misiones province, Argentina. The title of the seminar alludes to biased “independence dates” commemorated by former colonial countries in Latin America –in this case Argentina: “Independence: For whom?” In most of the cases, indigenous peoples of the region suffer expulsion from their lands, discrimination and scarce access to health systems.

Further information on the contents of the seminar can be found here.

FACTS:

Program of the Open Seminar “Independence: For whom?”

Organized by EMIPA (Equipo Misionero de Pastoral Aborígen)

and ENDEPA (Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Aborígen)

with the support of the

Córdoba Campus, Right Livelihood College (RLC).

City of Puerto Rico, Misiones (Argentina), 5 November 2016

Speakers:

Santa Chamorro. Elderly Woman of the Community of Ka’aguy Poty. Spiritual Cheerleader of the Aty Neichyro (Aty = assembly, meeting). Member of the Group of Women at the indigenous organization Jachukavas Ñeichyro (Misiones, Argentina).

Miguel Angel Benedetti. Professor at the Master on Human Rights and Chair of Constitutional Rights at the National University of La Plata (Argentina).

Raúl Montenegro. Director of the Campus Córdoba, Right Livelihood College. Professor  of Evolutionary Biology (Faculty of Psychology, National University of Córdoba) and President of FUNAM. Alternatyive Nobel Prize (RLA) 2004.

Translation Mbya Guarani to Spanish and Spanish to Mbya Guarani:  Bernardino Velázquez, Mburuvicha (Chief) of the community of Tekoa Pindo Ju. Member of the Aty Leichyro (Misiones, Argentina).

Recently published: Article on ‘Indigenous health in Latin America and the Caribbean’

Raul Montenegro, director of RLC Campus Córdoba and laureate of the Right Livelihood Award 2004 for being environmentalist and activist including the rights of the indigenous population of Latin America, has published an article on ‘Indigenous health in Latin America and the Caribbean’ in ‘The Lancet’.

The review is the second in a series on Indigenous health, covering different regions and issues. It looks briefly at the current state of Indigenous health in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region with over 400 different indigenous groups and a total population of 45 to 48 million people. It describes the complex history and current reality of Indigenous peoples’ situation within the American continent. The article discusses the importance of Indigenous health systems and medicines, and look at changing political environments in the region. The paper concludes with a discussion of the changing political and legislative environment in Latin American countries.

The whole article can be recalled on the site of The Lancet magazine online.

Current activities of RLC Córdoba

Activities of the Campus.

RLC Córdoba is currently working on the accomplishments of two agreements.

One with the Faculty of Medicine (Master on Children and Maternal Health), whose students (wave 2016) will produce reports/research in the context of the chair of “Ecology and Health”. Most of the issues to be developed are linked with current social needs of research and practice proposals for the ground. Most of the  postgraduate students are Physicians or work in the ground with vulnerable communities.

This research can be useful for health centres (e.g. public hospitals) and vulnerable communities.

The second agreement involve the German University of Kassel with the main issue of technical support of two small museums on ethnology and archaeology of the Comechingones (local) indigenous people managed by local people (Mina Clavero, West of the province of Córdoba). Such project includes descendants of the Comechingones people living in Córdoba. Through these museums we will enhance local knowledge on indigenous past (and present), and local tourism.

RLC Córdoba is also finishing a technical advice on the most polluted region of Mexico (and one of the most polluted in the World) in Apaxco Totonilco. Representatives of RLC Córdoba have been there in the ground with affected people and local organisations, in a joint work involving the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. RLC Córdoba was asked to technically produce a report on the general situation, helping them in future steps.

Vandana Shiva visits RLC Campus Córdoba

In June 2016, Indian laureate Vandana Shiva (RLA 1993) visited  the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas (in Córdoba province), the town where Monsanto illegally started building the world’s largest plant for genetically modified maize seeds (3.5 million bags per year). Successful fights have temporarily stopped this project.

In that visit, she met RLA 2004 laureate Raul Montenegro, who has been working with the organised neighbours of Malvinas Argentinas since they started the resistance, in 2012. Together with “Malvinas lucha por la vida” (‘Malvinas fights for life’) and the citizens’ assembly, both laureates said “No to pesticides” and “Monsanto Out”.

Vandana Shiva also transmitted to Raul Montenegro her enthusiastic support to the recently founded Campus Córdoba of the Right Livelihood College (RLC) which is located in the Faculty of Psychology at the National University of Córdoba.

8th RLC Campus launched in Córdoba, Argentina

Relaunch of the new RLC Campus in Cordoba, Argentinia

The RLC network is happy to announce the opening of it’s 8th RLC campus in Córdoba, Argentina.

The new RLC Campus was officially opened on April 19th 2016 at the National University of Córdoba and will serve as an exchange hub for academics and activists on questions such as human rights and social and environmental justice. The campus will be headed by Professor of Evolutionary Biology Raúl Montenegro, who is also environmental advocate and Laureate of the Right Livelihood Award in 2004.

The official inauguration of the campus was followed by a public seminar on multilateral education and criminalization of social protest in Latin America on April 20th. The discussion was led by Chair of the Board of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation Dr. Monika Griefhahn. Several other representatives from the Foundation and Colleges as well as 2002 Laureate Martín Almada were also attending the seminar. More information on the new campus can be found here, in Spanish.

For more information about the new RLC Campus in Córdoba, please view the flyer (EN) or visit the campus profile (link).

New RLC Campus in Cordoba, Argentina

The cooperation of the newly established 8th RLC campus and the National University of Cordoba, serving as host, was commenced on April 19th 2016. This collaboration will amplify the academic exchange on questions regarding human rights, social justice and environmental protection between the campus and the University. Founded in 1613, the UNC has a long history of advocating democracy and human rights with its students launching a movement for a democratisation of academic faculties in Argentina in 1918.

The UNC is home to more than 100 research centres, 25 libraries, 17 museums and 2 astronomy observatories. The RLC campus will be hosted by the University’s Faculty of Psychology which has more than 10 000 students enrolled. The RLC global network is looking forward to many exciting synergies and research projects to result from the interaction of Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and students at the RLC Cordoba.