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Sunday, February 21st: Views from the Outside: Visitors and Explorers of the Yucatán - Part I: The Colonial Era (1517-1810) by Alma Durán-Merk and Stephan Merk. 

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Wednesday, February 10th: "Emilio Abreu Gómez and The Story of Jacinto Canek: Crossovers Between History and Literature in Yucatán" by Dr. Margaret Shrimpton. 

About the speaker: Dr. Margaret Shrimpton Masson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Havana where she wrote her thesis on contemporary Yucatecan literature and its connections to the Caribbean. She holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge UK. She has been living in Merida, Yucatán since 1989 and since 1990 has been a  professor of Lain American and Caribbean literature at  UADY. Her research centers on literature from the mainland Caribbean region.

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Wednesday, January 27th: Searching the paths of the Sacred City of Izamal:  An interesting approach to the charming yellow-painted city in Yucatán. By: Marina Aguirre.

About the speaker: Dr. Marina Aguirre is an archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and doctor of history. Check her complete bio on her website: https://bucketlistmexico.com

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Friday, January 22th: "Animals in Yucatecan Folktales" by Mariana Kunow

About the speaker: Marianna Appel Kunow holds a BA in Visual Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American Studies/ Cultural Anthropology from Tulane University. Teaches Spanish and Mythology classes at Southeastern Louisiana University. 

She fell in love with Yucatan and Mayan culture in the late 1980's after a dive trip and has conducted research in Yucatan state since then. Published Maya Medicine: Traditional Healing in Yucatan (2003 University of New Mexico Press) based on fieldwork in the peninsula. The book explores contemporary plant use, describes some of its practitioners, and traces the links between modern and colonial traditions. It also includes her original botanical illustrations.

She has been translating and illustrating folktales for a number of years now, and hopes to publish her first volume soon. 

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January 13th: "Memorabilia as Art Material" by Leandro Soto.  

About Leandro: Leandro Soto was born in Cuba, obtaining a B.A. in Painting and Engraving in 1976 and an M.A. In 1990 he created a Non-Profit organization named “El Tesoro de Tamulte” dedicated to by the State of Tabasco in order to be an educational advisor for the Mayan Native communities. For the past 40 years, participating in numerous Group Exhibitions and Solo Shows in museums, art galleries, and alternative art spaces in various countries:  Spain, Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Peru, Japan, Barbados, Panama, Jamaica, Italy, Cuba, India, and the United States.  

 Soto is one of the leading figures of the famous “Volumen Uno”, a renowned art movement of the 1980s that changed the course of Cuban Art in the XX Century.  He is credited with being the first Performance and Installation artist on the island as well as the first artist of his generation to have worked with the Afro Cuban heritage. As a visual artist instilled with the “ethnographic turn”, his main focus is to research the sources of the Caribbean cultural palimpsest which he has integrated into his work in various countries both in Theater and the Visual Arts.  His areas of expression include Painting, Installation, Performance Arts, Scenography, Costume Design, Films, and new hybrid art forms. 

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January 6th: Lazaro Cardenas: The Fading Hero

George Ashley, a retired professor of History and Anthropology from Massachusetts who spends each winter at his home on San Bruno beach near Telchac Puerto.

Lazaro Cardenas was a young soldier in the revolutionary forces during the Mexican Revolution and served as President of Mexico from 1934 to 1940. He was famous for pushing hard to confiscate land from the owners of large haciendas and establishing ejido collective ownership of the land by the campesinos who now worked their own land, rather than doing unpaid labor on land the landlord owned. He also confiscated the assets of large, foreign-owned oil companies and established what we now call Pemex. He was treated as a national hero by the PRI party, many institutions were named for him, and his likeness appeared on large-denomination banknotes.
 Since the PRI turned away from its socialist program in the 1990s and began to sometimes lose national elections to the PAN since 2000, Cardenas is no longer glorified by PRI hagiographers and he has begun to fade from Mexican history.  Cardenas himself remained true to his revolutionary and socialistic principles in old age, travailing widely and encouraging socialism in China and Eastern Europe. But foreigners who have come to Mexico only in recent years may have never heard of him.

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December 30th:  Ground Penetrating Radar

Join lecturer and expert in the subject, Dennis Johnson, in this interesting lecture about this technology and its use in archeology. Ground Penetrating Radar is a technology that has been used to investigate Ancient Maya agricultural adaptation, to detect caves, and so much more.

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December 16: Michael Tolleson Robles: Autistic Savant Painter 

Michael Tolleson is an American author, advocate, and artist living in Merida. Diagnosed with Autism in his late fifties, he is considered an Autistic Savant and started painting with no formal training. Michael’s gift allows him to paint gallery-worthy art usually in under 2 hours, a feat he attributes to following the autism artist within him. Michael has gained international attention for his work and advocacy of autism. He has recently opened Galeria Robles in the historic center of Merida.

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December 2nd: From Merida to Tikal: A do-it-yourself tour

This lecture given by Bob Caskey will allow you to get information on a delightful itinerary you can drive yourself across Belize and onward to Tikal. Learn about sites you can easily explore for their natural beauty and historical significance. If you're not comfortable driving this tour in your personal vehicle, you'll find out other options to take advantage of this opportunity.

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 November 4th: Are you an owner of a vacation rental property in Mexico?  Do you advertise to guests on platforms such as Airbnb and Homeaway? If so, you are probably affected by recent changes in tax law in Mexico. Find out how the new law on Taxation on Digital Platforms affects you, your rental income, and what you must do to comply.

About the speaker: A true world traveler, Brent was born in New Zealand, and has lived in Australia, England, the United States, and now México. “The world is home,” he says. A computer programmer and now the manager of a hospitality company, Brent knows that success lies in the details—a guiding principle that allows him to offer guests and owners meticulous, hands-on service in every area.

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October 28th: "The colorful story of the Tehuacana dress and it's presence in our contemporary History."

About the speaker: Dr. Marina Aguirre is an archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and doctor of history. Check her complete bio on her website: https://bucketlistmexico.com 

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October 21st: "Habanero Pepper: Tears, Fears, and Flavors."

Dr. Tomás González-Estrada, a native of Mérida, holds a Ph.D. in Crop Biotechnology from the University of Guelph, Canada.

He is the former director of CICY (Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán) and has written extensively on the Habanero pepper.

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