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Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala
Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Antigua, Guatemala | June 17 – July 29, 2017

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level.

With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny.

Students pursuing K’iche’ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. K’iche’ students are placed with local families for home-stays in Nahualá. Kaqchikel students are responsible for finding their own housing arrangements in Antigua for six weeks. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes in Antigua will take place at UT Austin’s Casa Herrera— a great colonial mansion turned beautifully restored academic facility— which is centrally located one block north of Antigua’s Central Park.

COURSES OFFERED:
Students will take one language course and one culture course.

  • Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits – ANTH 6000-7000)
  • Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits – ANTH 6000-7000)

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the six-week program for K’iche’ Maya is $6,350 total:

  • $5,000 Tuition and Fees
  • $1,350 Housing & Logistics
    The $5,000 Tuition and Fees includes six Tulane credits (tuition for two courses, transferable to other universities). The Housings & Logistics fees include local family home-stays (one week in Antigua; five weeks in Nahualá) and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost.

The cost of the six-week program for Kaqchikel Maya is $5,500 total:

  • $5,000 Tuition and Fees
  • $500.00 Logistics-Only Fee
    The $5,000 Tuition and Fees includes six Tulane credits (tuition for two courses, transferable to other universities). The $500 Logistics-Only fee includes medical insurance, transportation to/from the airport (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), housing and meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, etc., are not included in the program cost. Students will be responsible for finding their own housing for six weeks in Antigua. If you need assistance finding housing in Antigua, please contact the Kaqchikel Program Director, Professor Judie Maxwell (maxwell_at_tulane.edu).

FLAS Summer Fellowships
This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:
Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
_The FLAS Fellowship application deadline will be in February 2017.
Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications._

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Click here to visit the online application on the Office of Study Abroad’s web page, and click “Apply Now.” If you are a non-Tulane student you will be required to create an account. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Download a printable flyer for the program here.

This program is offered in partnership from:Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American StudiesVanderbilt University Center for Latin American StudiesUniversity of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian InstituteUniversity of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesUniversity of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies

For questions on this program, please call 504.862.8629, or email to sclassum_at_tulane.edu.

View photos from past programs here!

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"Ixtz'unun: Making Stories from Maya History" Opening Reception

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Join the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the Middle American Research Institute for an opening reception for the exhibit Ixtz’unun: Making Stories from Maya History by Mélanie Forné held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium.

Ixtz’unun (“little hummingbird”) is a little Maya girl, and like so many other little girls, she, with her sisters, makes childish jokes and sometimes puts herself into trouble. The only difference with her is that – she lives in A.D. 760!

The comic Ixtz’unun, published in Guatemala by Prensa Libre, tells the stories of this little girl and her friends and family and presents the daily life of the Ancient Maya. The exhibition Ixtz’unun, Making Stories from Maya History, presents original pieces and preparatory drawings from this comic series.

Preview images from the comics here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Ancient Maya Landscapes: K-16 Educator Workshop

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In conjunction with the Middle American Research Institute’s 14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World” and the New Orleans Museum of Art LARC is presenting a K-16 educator workshop on Ancient Maya Landscapes. The workshop will address how the Maya viewed the world around them as well as resources for teaching about the Maya and interactive activities for the classroom.

Participants will receive a boxed lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Register through the TMS website.

Tentative Schedule:

9:00-9:30 AM
Introduction
Denise Woltering Vargas, Tulane University
Marcello Canuto, Tulane University
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

9:30-10:30 AM
Introduction to the Maya
Evan Parker, Tulane University

10:30-11:00 AM
Tour of the NOMA Collection
Rachel Horowitz, Tulane University
Tracy Kennan, New Orleans Museum of Art

11:00-12:00 AM
Engaging K-12 Classrooms with Resources on the Maya
Melanie Forne

12:00-1:30 PM
Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM
Crafting Lessons on the Maya
Brooke Grant, Tulane University

2:30-3:00 PM
Discussion and Evaluation

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Stephen Weymouth, Assistant Professor and Marano Faculty Fellow in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, will presenting a talk titled “Winners and Losers in International Trade: The Effects on Presidential Voting.”

Sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Murphy Institute. Free and open to the public.

14th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World

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The Middle American Research Institute, the Alphawood Foundation, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World”, will examine how the ancient Maya built up and transformed their landscapes to create monumental cities and lasting communities. The invited scholars have explored this topic across the Maya area, from the lowlands of Belize and Guatemala to the Guatemalan highlands.

Visit the Tulane Maya Symposium homepage for more information and updated schedules. Registration is now open.

La Hora del Cuento Bilingual Story Hour at the Children's Resource Center

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Teaching Haiti: K-12 Educator Workshop

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This educator workshop will explore the culture of Haiti, focusing on music and dance. This unique workshop focuses on an important, but often understudied area of the Caribbean, and will provide K-12 educators with exciting opportunities to diversify the classroom.

Participants will receive lunch, teaching materials and CEUs.

Check out LARC’s curriculum on Haitian Folktales or the Haiti part of the Day of the Dead Across the Americas to get ready for the workshop.

Special offer on registration!:
Bring a friend! Register with a colleague from the same institution and you can receive a 2 for 1 registration. Please register only one time and follow instructions on the registration form to provide your colleague’s information.

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