Prof. Rodolfo Stavenhagen
The 2014 Michael Kearney Lecture principle speaker is the renown Mexican sociologist, Prof. Rodolfo Stavenhagen. He is a professor-researcher at El Colegio de México and former Deputy Director General of UNESCO.
Rodolfo Stavenhagen is professor emeritus at El Colegio de México, one of Mexico’s foremost social science institutions. From 2001 to 2008 he was United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Before that he was Assistant Director-General for Social Sciences at UNESCO, President of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, and taught at numerous universities in Europe and the Americas. The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague awarded him an Honorary Fellowship in 1982. He has worked on human rights, indigenous peoples, agrarian problems, social development and ethnic conflicts. Among his principal publications are Social Classes in Agrarian Societies (1975), Ethnic Conflicts and the Nation-State (1995), The Ethnic Question: Development, Conflicts and Human Rights (1990), Derechos humanos y derecho indígena en América Latina (1989), and Los pueblos indígens y sus derechos (2008).