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Luis Argueta named 2021–2022 Lund-Gill Chair

Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan American award-winning filmmaker known for his multinational immigrant narratives. His coming-of-age film, The Silence of Neto, is Guatemala’s 1st Oscar submission and is credited as being the inspiration for many of Guatemala’s current young filmmakers. The Guardian newspaper listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona.

Argueta is the only filmmaker to receive the Order of the Quetzal, Guatemala’s highest honor and in 2019, he received the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award from the National Peace Corps Association. His series of immigration documentaries: abUSed: The Postville Raid, ABRAZOS, The U Turn, and Ausencia have made him a noted lecturer on immigration. His films can be viewed online at

2021-2022 Lund-Gill Lecture

Luis Argueta: In Pursuit of an Authentic Life
Recorded Thursday, November 18, 2021
Eloise Martin Recital Hall
Dominican University


About the Lund-Gill Chair

The Lund-Gill Chair is named for former Dominican University President Sr. Candida Lund, OP, and former English professor, Sr. Cyrille Gill, OP. Each year, the Lund-Gill Chair in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences brings to campus an individual of the highest moral and intellectual reputation who can address themes and issues at the heart of the liberal arts and sciences.

Past Lund-Gill Chairs

2019–2020: Marion Weedermann, PhD, professor of mathematics at Dominican University
2018-2019; 2017–2018: Molly J. Giblin, PhD, instructor in the Department of History at the University of Memphis
2016–2017: Robert Calin-Jageman, PhD, professor of psychology and director of the neuroscience program, Dominican University.
2015–2016: Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, Archbishop of Chicago's Delegate for School Advancement and Advocacy.
2014–2015: Ana Castillo, internationally acclaimed creative writer, scholar, editor, and translator.
2013–2014: Tricia Rose, Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.
2012–2013: Christopher Kennedy, Chairman of Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises.
2011–2012: Eboo Patel, PhD, founder and the executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core. 
2010–2011: Chia-Feng Chang, PhD, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and expert in Chinese science and medicine. 
2009–2010: Father Richard Woods, OP, professor of theology and former chair of the Ekhart Society .
2008–2009: Stephen Kinzer, a prize-winning journalist with the Boston Globe and New York Times.
2007–2008: David Bevington, the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
2006–2007: Leon Lederman, Nobel prize-winning physicist who was the inaugural chair.