Guest – Robert Sitler

Robert Sitler, from the United States, is a Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he also serves as Director of the Latin American Studies program.  His PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 focused on representations of the Maya world in the Spanish-American novel. Robert has enjoyed over three decades of involvement with numerous indigenous groups in Mesoamerica, especially with the Mam-speaking Maya of northwest Guatemala. His most recent publications focus on the developing social phenomenon surrounding the 2012 date in the Maya Long Count calendar. Currently, he is translating a novel written by the Q’anjob’al Maya writer Gaspar González that focuses on the significance of 2012. Robert teaches courses in Spanish language, the Latin American humanities, Maya culture and language teaching methodology.  He frequently takes his students on study courses to indigenous communities and directs an internship program that places his students in work opportunities among Mexican-American agricultural laborers.