Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala 2015: K’iche’ and Kaqchikel Maya Language & Culture
Antigua, Guatemala | June – July 2015 (Dates TBA)
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 three weeks in Antigua and three weeks in Nahualá. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua. All students are placed with local families for home-stays. Students should be flexible and prepared for living conditions in Guatemala. Classes 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.
Students will take one language course and one culture course.
- Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits)
- Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)
The cost of the six-week program is TBA. It will include six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), local family home stays and three meals per day (except Sundays), medical insurance, transportation from the airport upon arrival (GUA), and specialized group activities and excursions. Airfare to/from Antigua (GUA), extra meals, and incidental costs, such as laundry, passport/visa fees, vaccinations, et cetera, are not included in the program cost.
Scholarships: This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction.
More information on the FLAS Fellowship application will be posted soon; please check back for updates in Fall 2014. Note that the fellowship application and the program application will be separate applications.
Complete applications will include:
+ online general application form
+ official copy of transcript
+ supplemental K’iche’ or Kaqchikel application
+ $50 non-refundable deposit* (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118)
Applications with further details will be available Fall 2014, and will be due Spring 2015. Please check back for updates.
This program is offered in partnership from:
• Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies
• Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
• University of New Mexico Latin American and Iberian Institute
• University of Texas Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
• University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies
For questions on this program, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum_at_tulane.edu.
View photos from the 2014 program here!
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Learn about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti in this teacher workshop. The teacher workshop will be followed by an optional class on Traditional Haitian Folkloric Dance. Monique Moss, adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at Tulane University, will lead a teacher workshop about Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti. Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti have their roots in Haitian Vodoo and hence show both similarities and differences to Day of the Dead traditions in other areas of Latin America. The workshop will focus on the performance of Day of the Dead as well as connect the tradition through to New Orleans.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Univeristy of New Orleans Presents: Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference
UNO – Latin American Studies
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Saturday, October 25, 2014: 9:15 AM-3:15 PM
Milneburg Hall 351 – UNO Campus
The 2014 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference explores the meanings, forms, histories, and futures of North-South solidarity in the Americas. What kinds of transnational ties have groups from both sides of the North-South divide established with each other? What kinds of strategies have they used, and toward what ends? How have these political projects varied across time and space? In what ways have cross-border solidarities shaped and been shaped by imperial power?
Conference Program is attached to this email. This conference is open and free to the public. This is a workshop: papers are circulated and read before the conference. If you would like to access the papers, please send an email to: email@example.com
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Teresa Meade, Florence B. Sherwood Professor of History and Culture, Union College, and author of A History of Modern Latin America.
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Co-Sponsored with the Tulane Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR).
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