IMS Events


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:

Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:30pm, Fine Arts (FA) 126: Guest Lecture by IMS Board Member, Dr. John Schwaller (University at Albany-SUNY). "Panquetzaliztli: Mexica History Seen through the Rituals of One Month of the Xiuhpohualli."

Schwaller Talk Flyer

Friday, March 23, 2018, 3pm, Fine Arts (FA) 114: Department of Anthropology hosts Dr. Ben Leeming, an IMS alumnus (The Rivers School). "Mictlantlatolli (Hell Words): The Language of Loss and the Trauma of Colonialism."

Friday, March 23, 2018, 5pm, Madison Pour House (1110 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208): IMS Happy Hour in conjunction with the reception for Dr. Ben Leeming.

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 4-8pm, Campus Center Ballroom. Fifth Annual Day of Triqui Culture, with Triquis Sin Fronteras and the University at Albany Student Association.

Fifth Annual Day of Triqui Culture Event Flyer

Friday, May 4, 2018, 3pm, Fine Arts (FA) 126: Guest Lecture by Dr. Heather Hurst (Skidmore College). "Caves, Rocks, and Mountains: New Views of the Oxtotitlán Cave Paintings, Guerrero, Mexico."

Hurst Flyer for Talk

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2:30pm to 5pm, Alumni House: 40th Annual Christopher DeCormier Scholarship Award Ceremony

DeCormier Award Ceremony Flyer


Past events include

Fall 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017, 3:30pm, FA 126: Guest Lecture by Dr. Elsa M. Redmond (American Museum of Natural History). "Recent Research On Early State Formation in Oaxaca, Mexico."

Friday, September 29, 2017, 3:00 to 6:00pm, Lecture Center (LC) 4: Screening of The U Turn by director, Luis Argueta. After the screening, Mr. Argueta answered questions from the audience. "The U Turn" Flyer (.pdf file)

Spring 2017

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 Ballroom: Day of Triqui Culture, with Triquis Sin Fronteras and the University at Albany Student Association.

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 10: Día 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

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014 - videos are available on our Youtube channel

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

Fall 2013



Other Events

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