The Maria Elena Moyano Seminar is a collaborative effort between Illinois State University, Universidad del Pacífico (UP), and CEAPAZ — Center for Peace Studies and Action (Centro de Estudios y Acción para la Paz) and is conducted in Lima, Peru. The Seminar is in memory of and in tribute to Moyano who was murdered by the Shining Path on February 15, 1992.
The seminar introduces students to the political, economic, and social areas of modern Peru and provides them with a chance to experience the culture and to see what has been accomplished in the field of human rights, especially in the wake of the losses suffered as a result of the Shining Path and the regime of Alberto Fujimori during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.
The Seminar features lectures, discussions, workshops, and actual participation in ongoing human rights projects in order to give the students first hand experience. The group has worked with many leaders in the fields of human rights, social justice, poverty, violence, and youth programs.
Students discuss and debate current issues and policies focusing on a variety of relevant topics in classes that run Monday through Thursday. Field trips are scheduled to introduce the students to local governments, historic, and cultural sites to help the students gain a greater understanding of the unique history of Peru's development and subsequent affect on modern Peruvian society.
The goals of this program are to:
The program includes a series of lectures and participation in human rights projects. The classes will be taught in English by professors of the Universidad del Pacífico, Centro de Estudios y Acción para la Paz (CEAPAZ), and Dr. Carlos Parodi, the ISU Faculty Director of this program.
For more information, visit the Universida Del Pacifico Web site.
Machu Picu, Peru
"In addition to classroom experience we were encouraged to get out into the community to see firsthand what life in Peru is like. But above all we got to meet the people of Peru who were warm, inviting, and have a lot to teach us." – Rachel Vincent, Peru, 2006