Teaching Central America Featured at Two Conferences

Jonathan Peraza Campos

Jonathan Peraza Campos, our Teaching Central America program specialist, was invited to present at two conferences in January. This provided an opportunity to introduce noted scholars and activists to our work with K-12 teachers on Central America.

On January 10, Peraza Campos presented a paper called “Teaching Central America: Roots and Branches of the Central American Peace and Solidarity Movement” at the Central American Politics Consortium in New Orleans. This was an inaugural convening hosted by Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) and the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Americas.

The event was held at Tulane University in advance of the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Meeting to bring together social scientists to share their research, exchange ideas, and strategize on scholarship about Central America. Teaching for Change’s representation at the convening ensured that the needs and experiences of K-12 teachers and students were on the table for those discussions.

While at Tulane he was honored to meet Nicaraguan historian Dora María Téllez who is included in our Introduction to Central America lesson and in the film, Las Sandinistas.

Jonathan Peraza Campos and Dora María Téllez
Jonathan Peraza Campos and Yianella Blanco

On January 18, Peraza Campos was one of three interdisciplinary Chicanx/Latinx education scholar-activists panelists at the UC Davis Chicanx and Latinx Education Symposium. His topic was “A Liberatory Education of the Global U.S. South.”

Teaching Central America advisor Yianella Blanco, an assistant professor at UC Davis, was one of the symposium organizers. Blanco and Peraza Campos had presented workshops together on Central American literature hosted by Teachers College at Columbia University. This was their first time meeting in person.