On this episode of Pass the Mic, we are joined by Dr Giovanni Batz who works in the area of Native American studies. Calling in from New Mexico, Dr Batz lays out his own background as a Guatemalan youth in LA, followed by a conversation about ongoing violence in Guatemala as well as climate change. Dr Batz explains his Master's thesis on Mayan youth in LA and provides ample language to help motivate open and honest conversation about these important issues. Below is Dr Batz's bio and a few links to his work.
Dr. Giovanni Batz is currently a 2020-2021 President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, where he is working on his manuscript tentatively entitled “The Fourth Invasion: Decolonizing Histories, Megaprojects and Ixil Resistance in Guatemala”. He began working on his book as a 2018-2019 Anne Ray Fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Batz has also conducted research on Guatemalan-Maya youth in Los Angeles. His work can be accessed here: https://ucdavis.academia.edu/GioBatzGiovanniBatz. Batz also has a column in Plaza Pública: https://www.plazapublica.com.gt/users/gio-batz.