Institute for
Mesoamerican Studies

The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS) is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and Northern Central America). IMS serves to organize and coordinate the work of the Mesoamericanist faculty at the State University of New York at Albany. We have the largest number of full-time Mesoamericanists of any institution north of Mexico, and our members are among the most active and prominent scholars in the field of Mesoamerican anthropology. The primary activities of IMS are research and publication. Read more about our history and how to contact us on our About Us page


Friday, October 27th 2023 at 3:00 pm, 126 Fine Arts Building
Lecture by Dr. Lisa Overholtzer, Department of Anthropology, McGill University: "The Archaeology of Indigenous Conquerors: Listening to Ancestors at Tepeticpac, Tlaxcala"

Friday, April 14th, 2023 at noon
126 Fine Arts Building SUNY Albany by Dr. Walter E. Little Department of Anthropology Fashion Politics: Maya Identity, Dress, and Economic Decisions

Friday, November 3rd 2023 at 3:00 pm, 126 Fine Arts Building
Lecture by Dr. Jon Lohse, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Houston, TX: "Stone Tool Technology and Organization at Paleoindian and Archaic Periods Sites in Central America (Belize)"

Friday, April 14th, 2023 at noon
126 Fine Arts Building SUNY Albany by Dr. Walter E. Little Department of Anthropology Fashion Politics: Maya Identity, Dress, and Economic Decisions


Past events include

Friday, April 21st, 2023 at 16:30: Fine Arts 126 Guest Lecture by John Millhauser
(North Carolina State University) “Poverty, Power, and Prehistory in Mesoamerica: Insights from the Basin of Mexico”

Spring 2021

March 4th, 4:00 pm, Facebook Live: Guest Lecture by Dr. David M. Carballo (Boston University"Collision of Worlds: A Deep History of the Fall of Aztec Mexico and the Forging of New Spain"

Spring 2020

March 6th, 3:00-4:30 pm, Fine Arts 126: Guest Lecture by Dr. Casper Jacobsen (University at Albany-SUNY"An Inmaterial World? Culture, Religion, and Five Centuries of Indigenous Dispossession"

Fecbruary 14, 3:00-4:30 pm, Fine Arts 126: Guest Lecture by Carol-Rose Little ( Cornell University"Absolutive objects in Mayan and Beyond"

Fall 2019

October 18, 4:00-5:30 pm, Fine Arts 126: IMS Board Member lecture by Dr. Robert M. Rosenswig(University at Albany, SUNY"The Rise and Fall of the Izapa Kingdom"

Spring 2019

May 10-12, Northeast Nahuatl ConferenceAlumni House, University at Albany-SUNY.

March 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, Fine Arts 126: " Alfarería yucunchana: Traditional pottery-making in the Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca". A film by Dr. Pérez Rodríguez (University at Albany, SUNY)

Fall 2018

November 16, 3:30 pm, FA126: Guest lecture by Santiago Juarez (Colgate University) "Archaeology at the Frontiers: The Preclassic Site of Noh K’uh".

Spring 2018

April 28, 3:00 pm, FA126: IMS Board Member lecture by Dr. Joanna Dreby (University at Albany, SUNY) "Social Class and Children's Food Practices in Mexican Migrant Households"

April 23, 3-8pm, Campus Center BallroomDay of Triqui Culture, with Triquis Sin Fronteras and the University at Albany Student Association.

Spring 2017

March 10, 3pm, FA 126: Guest lecture by Dr. Verenice Heredia Espinoza (El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C.) "The Segmentary State Model and its Application to the Teuchitlán Tradition of Jalisco, México"

February 24, 3pm, FA 126: Guest lecture by Dr. Scott AnderBois (Brown University) "Yucatec Maya Discourse Particles and the Structure of Speech Arts"

Fall 2016

October 28: Guest lecture by Dr. Amy Frappier (Skidmore College) "Mud and the Maya 'Megadroughts': Two Millennia of Environmental Context from Northern Yucatán Stalagmite Records of Hydroclimate and Compound Extreme Events"

October 7: IMS Board Member lecture by Dr. Jennifer Burrell (University at Albany, SUNY"Todos Somos Seguridad: Municipal Governance, Security and Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Guatemala"

Spring 2016

April 10Día de la Cultura Triqui en el Distrito Capital /Day of Triqui Culture in the Capital District/O̱ güíí se cha'anj nij síí chihan' ma̱n Distrito Capital

February 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"

Fall 2015

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"

Spring 2015

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

Fall 2014

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 (

The Times Union article "Keeping a language alive" ca be accessed hereMake sure to take a look at our Triqui textiles page!

Fall 2013

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."



Other Events

The Department of Anthropology, University at Albany also hosts lecture series: