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Guest Speakers

Each year, the MAIS Program invites three to four guest speakers to present on a variety of issues.  Former speakers serve as curriculum enrichment and include documentary filmmakers, human rights activists, and renowned authors.  Each lecture aligns with MAIS courses in order to enhance the MAIS graduate student experience.



Burawoy, Michael

Sociologist & Author, UC Berkeley

Cabella-Barrueto, Zita

Chilean Filmmaker, Activist, Professor, Author of In Search of Spring: The Incredible Landmark Case of a Sister's Quest to Unearth the Truth About her Brother's Assassination by Chile's Infamous Death Squad, The Caravan of Death.

Callejas, Christian

Expert, Inter-American System of Human Rights and Legal Counsel for the  Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH)

Hallacy, Jeanne

Documentary Filmmaker, Into the Current: Burma's Political Prisoners

Hancock, Marcia &

Kieler, Rebecca

Career Consultants- Kieler Consulting Services and The Job Advisor

Hogan, Tori

Author, Founder & Director- Beyond Good Intentions

Kunda Komey, Guma

Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Juba University, Sudan

Kyi, Bo

Former Political Prisoner and Co-Founder of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP)

Miranda, Miriam

President- Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH)

Nernabeu, Almudena

Attorney & Director, International Attorney and Transnational Justice Program Director for the Center for Justice and Accountability

Oette, Lutz

Lawyer for REDRESS, Author of International Human Rights Law and Practice

Peccerelli, Fredy

Forensic Anthropologist & Director- Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation

Perkins, John

Chief Economist & Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Reyes, Saul

Activist for Peace and Justice

Rousseaux, Fabiana

Psychologist & Director- Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Center for Assistance of Victims of Human Rights Abuses Dr. Fernando Ulloa

Spindle, Jillian

Director of Development- Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Tinsley, Rebecca

Journalist & Human Rights Activist, and Founder of Waging Peace

Williams, Marco

Film Director, The Undocumented

Yamey, Gavin

Lead investigator of Evidence to Policy Initiative, Global Health Group


Other USF Lectures Involving MAIS Faculty:


Dr. Chris Loperena

MAIS Co-Director & Assistant Professor. Dr. Loperena's scholarship examines Garifuna struggles over land and cultural resources against the backdrop of neoliberal tourism development on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. He has collaborated on numerous studies with the Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH) and the Caribbean and Central America Research Council (CCARC).

Dr. Stephen Zunes

Professor. His teaching and research interests include U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, strategic nonviolent action, international conflict, and globalization.