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:
- Frebruary 26: Guest lecture by Dr. Peter Rohloff (Wuqu' Kawoq| Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala & Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston), "'Agile Health': Using Teamwork and Grassroots Organizing to Build a Different Kind of Healthcare in Maya Guatemala"
Past events include
- September 25th: Guest lecture by Dr. Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos (Yale University), "Cotzumalhuapa: The Archaeology of Urbanism in Pacific Guatemala"
- November 13: Guest lecture by Dr. Louise Burkhart (University at Albany, SUNY), "Pictography and Memory in Seventeenth-Century Atzaqualco, Mexico"
- February 25th: Guest lecture by Luz Rivera (Mexico's National Urban and Peasant Council) "Maíz y el País: Political Violence in Mexico and Corn's Lessons for Justice."
- April 12: Day of Triqui Culture. The occasion recognized San Juan Copala Triquis' distinct cultural contributions to the Albany area.
- April 19th: Symposium on Triqui Transnational Migration Experiences: Health, Labor, & Language
- May 1st: Mesoamerican Codices at the University at Albany – a Comprehensive Collection
- September 28th: Guest lecture by Bernardo Ramirez Rios (Skidmore College) "Basketball and Community: Sporting Migrants in Oaxaca, Mexico and Los Angeles, California"
- November 7th: Guest lecture by 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: Guest lecture by Jeanne Simonelly (Wake Forest University) "Zapatistas: Twenty Years of Building Community".
- April 11th : Guest lecture by Doug Kenett (Penn State University) "Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change".
- April 11th: Guest lecture by Leigh Binford (College of Staten Island) "Human Rights and Transitional Justice in El Mozote Massacre"
- April 12: Day of Triqui Culture. The occasion recognized San Juan Copala Triquis' distinct cultural contributions to the Albany area, with the presentation 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 (http://copalatriqui.webonary.org/).
- Guest lecture by Anthony Aveni (Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology), "Calendrics, Astronomy, and Math at the "Xultun Institute of Advanced Study."
- November 8th: Guest lecture by Marilyn Masson (University at Albany, SUNY & 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.