The organizers of MEL Talks are working on an exciting season for 2022 - 2023. Each presentation begins at 7:00 pm at the library. Check back later for more details!

Many of the lectures for the previous two years are available online. Scroll to the bottom for more information. While the lectures are free for library members and nonmembers alike, your donation help supports the library's programs. Make a donation here.


9 Nov 2022 – Lita Hunter Krohn: From Invasion to Nation: The History Of Belize.. Araceli "Lita" Hunter Krohn was born in a very colonial British Honduras to a Belizean father and Costa Rican mother.  She became interested in Belizean history during her Jesuit education at St John’s College and, later, at the University of Belize.  She has a degree in English literature from The Incarnate Word College in San Antonio.  Lita compiled the anthology “Readings in Belizean History” which has been used for many years as a textbook in secondary school and junior college. She was a member of the National Institute of Culture and History, Belize's premier cultural institution, for ten years and was the director of The Museum of Belize for five years.  Today she is semi-retired and spends her time painting and writing in the Belizean beach resort town of Placencia.  Her most recent work is the biography “The Man Who Wore Khaki”, an in-depth look at the life of her father Alexander 'Sandy' Hunter, a former Minister of Trade and Industry.

16 Nov 2022 –

23 Nov 2022 – No Lecture Scheduled

30 Nov 2022 – Joanna Van Der Gracht Rosado: How Has Merida Changed Over The Past Decade?  In 1990, Joanna and Jorge Rosado founded Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), a tourism, languages and multimedia college for local and international learners. She is the author of several books, including two that explore the dynamic of Merida's international community. In this talk, Joanna will address the many differences between Merida as she first knew it, and the city it is today. She also hopes to stimulate some discussion about the expectations of international residents living in and around Merida. in this city. 

7 Dec 2022 – Jorge Rosado: What We Can We See And Not See At Chichén Itzá? Jorge Rosado is a true son of Merida. He grew up in Santiago and attended law school at the University of Yucatan, just two blocks from his home. After a brief stint practicing law in Mexico City, he returned to his native Yucatan and accepted an offer to work as a guide, where his fluency in five languages made him much in demand. History is Jorge’s great passion and nothing delights him more than the discovery of some obscure secret from the past.  He has years of experience as a tour guide at Chichén Itzá and will will present some of the inaccessible highlights of this archeological site.

14 Dec 2022 –

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28 Dec 2022 – No Lecture Scheduled

4 Jan 2023 – Tony Sherrin: A Chat About Churches. Tony Sherrin has traveled throughout the Yucatán, depending almost exclusively on public transportation, to document every church on the peninsula. He has selected some highlights for this talk, focusing on less well-known churches and some of his more interesting experiences.

11 Jan 2023 –

18 Jan 2023 – Fernando Abreu: Home Maintenance 102. Fernando continues his wildly popular series on home maintenance. He holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture and a Masters of Construction Management. Leading the design-build firm CENTRO architects, he has more than ten years of experience remodeling and renovating homes in Merida’s Centro. With a concentration on residential work, renovations in the downtown area now make up the majority of the studio's projects. Fernando has a series of DIY advice videos on YouTube, and you can also visit them on Facebook or their website.

25 Jan 2023 – No Lecture Scheduled

1 Feb 2023 – Lance Hastings: I Am Mayan: The Making of a Documentary. Lance Hastings and filmmaker Brady Skye are documenting the life of traditionalist Mayans in a small village near Valladolid. They will discuss the process of their research and filmmaking. You can learn more by visiting their website.

8 Feb 2023 –

15 Feb 2023 – Tod Hardin: Plastic Oceans International. Tod Hastings is the Chief Operating Officer of Plastic Oceans International, a US-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to end plastic pollution and to foster sustainable communities worldwide. Learn more about Tod and his accomplishments at his IMBD profile and the Plastic Ocean's website. He lives part of the year in Campeche.

22 Feb 2023 –

1 Mar 2023 – Cecilia López Vázquez: A Brief Historical Tour Through Mérida Architecture. Born and raised in Mérida, Cecilia has a degree in Anthropological Sciences (Social Anthropology) from the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY). She has worked in Mérida and surrounding villages as a social researcher for UADY investigation programs and also for her thesis subject - Family Relationships in Former Henequen Haciendas.  As a certified tour guide, she has been working in the Yucatán Peninsula for the last six years, mostly in archeological sites and colonial cities. 

8 Mar 2023 – Tariq Sattaur: Mindfulness: A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation and Self-Hypnosis. Tariq was the Director and principal facilitator at the Ontario Hypnosis Centre. He taught and certified other health & holistic care practitioners to use hypnosis techniques to help clients with a wide range of applications, including stress management, behavior changes, sleep improvement and more. In this presentation, Tariq will discuss the basics of self hypnosis to start or augment your mediation/self-hypnosis practice, including some simple self-care techniques you can practice during the presentation. You can lean more about Tariq and his work on YouTube.

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You can view recordings of lectures from the last two seasons on the library's YouTube channel. A more complete description is here.