The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies regularly hosts guest lectures and organizes events related to interests of the university and local community. You can catch up on some of our past talks on our Youtube Channel. If you would like to share with us your current Mesoamerican research, please feel free to contact us.
IMS is pleased to present:
April 12:Day of Triqui Culture
This event recognizes San Juan Copala Triquis' distinct cultural contributions to the Albany area. There will be traditional foods, a dance performance, and handicrafts. Photos of last year's event are posted on our Facebook page.
April 19:Symposium on Triqui Transnational Migration Experiences: Health, Labor, & Language
Past speakers include
- February 25th: Luz Rivera (Mexico's National Urban and Peasant Council) will be delivering a lecture: "Maíz y el País: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice."
- September 28th: Bernardo Ramirez Rios (Skidmore College) "Basketball and Community: Sporting Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico and Los Angeles, California"
- November 7th: Christian DiCanio (Haskins Laboratories and University at Buffalo, SUNY) "The Sounds of Triqui: Quantitative Approaches to Language Description and its Ramifications for Historical Change."
Spring 2014 - videos are available on our Youtube channel
- February 28th: Jeanne Simonelly (Wake Forest University) "Zapatistas: Twenty Years of Building Community".
- April 11th : Doug Kenett (Penn State University) "Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change".
- April 11th: Leigh Binford (College of Staten Island) "Human Rights and Transitional Justice in El Mozote Massacre"
- On April 12 members of the Triqui community, the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies and the Department of Anthropology hosted a Day of Triqui Culture. The occasion recognized San Juan Copala Triquis' distinct cultural contributions to the Albany area. There were traditional foods, a dance performance, and handicrafts. Dr. Aaron Broadwell, Triqui language consultant, Román López, and their students highlighted their research, especially a massive Copala Triqui-Spanish-English audiovisual dictionary.We thank the New York State Office for New Americans and the General Consulate of Mexico in New York for their participation. Photos of the events are posted on our Facebook page. You can acces the dictionary at http://copalatriqui.webonary.org/
- Anthony Aveni (Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology), "Calendrics, Astronomy, and Math at the "Xultun Institute of Advanced Study."
- Marilyn Masson (UAlbany & IMS) and Bradley Russell (Saint Rose College, IMS, National Geographic), "Anthropogenic, Economic, and Sacred Landscape Studies at Mayapan, Summer 2013."
The Department of Anthropology, University at Albany also hosts lecture series:
- NutMeg: The Northeast Mesoamerican Epigrapy Group; contact John Justeson for more information.
- Archaeology Institute of America Lecture Series (contact John Justeson for more information).
- The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities sponsors events and activities throughout the year.