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.
Spring 2014 Events
- Our next event is the annual De Cormier Award Ceremony. It will be held on May 13th at 2:30 pm. This year's ceremony will recognize the following projects:
- Christopher De Cormier Memorial
Scholarship in Mesoamerican Studies: Collin Gillenwater, “Preliminary Survey of Early Colonial Sites in the Provence of Maní” and
Rebecca Mendelsohn, “The Izapa Household Archaeology Project: Dating the Deposits”
- First Encounter Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork: Isabelle Poitras, “Documentation of a Dialect of Tseltal: A Contribution to Epigraphic Analysis”
- Christopher De Cormier Memorial Scholarship in Mesoamerican Studies: Collin Gillenwater, “Preliminary Survey of Early Colonial Sites in the Provence of Maní” and
- 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/
The Times Union article "Keeping a language alive" ca be accessed here.
Past speakers include
Spring 2014 - all 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"
- 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 Stuart Swiny for more information).
- The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities sponsors events and activities throughout the year.