Food, Culture, and Power in Mesoamerica, Oaxaca
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Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico firsthand. Taste the food and experience local traditions. Visit museums and enjoy tours of local historical sites. Learn about the gastronomic heritage and the role food plays in Mexico’s history and culture. You will not leave this program hungry.
|Take advantage of this opportunity to experience the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico firsthand. Taste the food and experience local traditions. Visit museums and enjoy tours of local historical sites. Learn about the gastronomic heritage and the role food plays in Mexico’s history and culture. You will not leave this program hungry.|
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*Program is subject to minimum enrollment.
You will learn through observation and practical application about indigenous foods and their meanings in Oaxaca. You will also study the ways in which those practices have influenced regional and national Mexican food traditions from historical and political contexts by spending a week in Oaxaca City and making short day trips to two nearby towns.
For reference, please refer to the Summer 2019 Course Syllabus for additional course information.
Sample schedule for Summer 2020):
This program counts as a 1-credit course with an option of additional credits for students doing an approved research project with Dr. Little.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn this general elective credit.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
This course is taught by Professor Walter Little, a professor of anthropology within the UAlbany College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Little is an urban anthropologist who studies indigenous economics, material culture, and identity. He has conducted research in Guatemala and Southern Mexico since 1990.
While in Oaxaca, you will stay at La Mariposa, Eco-Hotel or a similar hotel. More information about the accommodations will be provided at the UAlbany pre-departure orientation.
Breakfast daily is included at your hotel. Lunches and dinners daily will be eaten together as a group as part of the program experience.
Estimate of Costs
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Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. The program includes a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the Oaxacan people and their culture as you learn about food production, sales, and consumption.
Excursions and Activities**
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
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About the City
Located in a beautiful valley, Oaxaca de Juárez is a Mexican city in the state of Oaxaca that is renowned for its rich indigenous culture and Spanish Colonial heritage. The city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 on the basis of its well-preserved colonial architecture and in 2010 UNESCO recognized the region’s culinary contributions to World Intangible Culture. It is, without doubt, the most important cultural center in Southern Mexico, bringing together a diverse community of intellectuals, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and political leaders.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
05/19/2020 to 05/28/2020
Please refer to the Summer 2019 Itinerary for reference.
*Schedule is tentative and subject to change
There will be a designated roundtrip flight itinerary to Mexico. You will be expected to purchase a seat on the designated flight on your own, AFTER acceptance into this education abroad program. If you choose to depart from Mexico on 5/19/2020, you will be accompanied to the airport by Dr. Little. If you choose to stay in Mexico after 5/27/2020, you will not be accompanied to the airport, and will be responsible for making your own arrangements. More information regarding flights will be available upon acceptance.
About the Program
In Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador), food is a powerful form of cultural expression that is embedded in local and global politics and power relations. This 1 credit education abroad course will explore Mesoamerican native culture from the lens of its rich food heritage in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The summer pre-departure orientation is typically conducted in late April.
Your Faculty Leader is responsible for guiding all aspects of the program and will be available throughout the on-site portion of the course to manage any concerns or questions you may have while abroad. The faculty accompany you on all program activities and outings.