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Andean Textile Talks: Renewing Value in Southern Bolivia’s Textiles
This Andean Textile Talk features author and Bolivian expert Kevin Healy, who will introduce us to Antropologos del Surandino (ASUR). ASUR is a Bolivian cultural foundation that has pioneered efforts to revitalize the Andean textile traditions in southern Bolivia. Since the late 1980s, ASUR has developed community-based programs that provide a way for the region’s rural indigenous weavers to continue creating and producing their beautiful Andean designs. Kevin will discuss how ASUR ’s work has provided a commercial outlet for the weavers in the capital city of Sucre, while also establishing a textile museum visited by multitudes of Bolivian schoolchildren and national and foreign tourists. To round out the talk, Kevin will highlight the various long-term impacts of ASUR ’s important ongoing work.

Apr 13, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kevin Healy
Kevin Healy received degrees from Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Cornell, the latter in development sociology. For decades, Kevin worked as a grant officer of the Inter-American Foundation in its programs in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. He has also funded grassroots development projects in Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. Since 1999, Kevin taught graduate-level courses on Latin American grassroots development and indigenous social movements as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, and the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he teaches courses in Georgetown’s Center for Latin America.