Summer Abroad Mexico

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Literary and Social Movements in Mexico

Program Overview

Study contemporary Mayan and Zoque literary and social movements while living in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. We will stay at a hotel near the center of the city, within walking distance of cultural centers, restaurants, and historic sites. Since 1994, the state has been home to the EZLN, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, which carries out its struggle through the power of the word. Students will visit a Zapatista autonomous community and regional Indigenous cultural centers in Mayan communities. In addition to meeting and interacting with Mayan and Zoque writers and intellectuals, we will visit CELALI, the state Center for Indigenous Languages, Art, and Literatures; FOMMA, a Mayan woman’s center and performance group; the sacred site of Palenque; and CIDECI, the Universidad de la Tierra.

Program Contacts

Program Highlights

  • Learn first-hand about the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), a revolutionary movement of Mayan people (since 1994).
  • Visit Oventic, a Zapatista autonomous Caracol, a political center for the EZLN.
  • Meet amazing Mayan and Zoque intellectuals, artists, writers, activists who are helping to transform their communities.
  • Visit Mayan ancient archeological sacred sites (Palenque, Chinkultic, Tonina).
  • Enjoy the culturally rich atmosphere and markets of San Cristobal de las Casas, an internationally cosmopolitan city.

What Students Are Saying

  • “Meeting indigenous scholars made for a truly inspirational experience, we learned concepts that are important to them that I will forever take with me in my heart.”
  • “I feel as I have a more open mind and have a whole world perspective that I know will help me academically.”
  • “It has inspired me to push the limits of my creativity. It has also helped me understand the many similarities and differences between indigenous peoples, cultures, and struggles in the North and South.”

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