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Mayan Language Institute 2016
Intensive Summer Language & Culture Program in K’iche’ and Kaqchikel
Antigua, Guatemala | June 19 – July 29, 2016

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)
  • Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits)

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

  • $5,000 Tuition
  • $1,350 Housing & Logistics Fee

The cost includes six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), 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:

  • $5,000 Tuition
  • $500 Logistics-only Fee

The cost includes six Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), 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 is February 19, 2016. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
The application period for this program is now closed. We hope you consider this program in 2017!

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.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

View photos from past programs here!

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Consulate of Mexico Presents "Los Demonios de mi Tierra" Photo Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents the photographic exhibition:

Los Demonios de mi Tierra
by Mexican Artist Mauricio Silerio

Opening Reception
July 7th, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Ste. 118
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.