Post-Development Landscapes and Emerging Forms of Political Organization in Oaxaca
Examine the ways in which the people of Mexico have responded to the economic, political and cultural effects of neoliberal globalization. This eight- week experiential program uses the examples of Mexico and Oaxaca to examine the impact of development policies upon a community.
The program consists of two academic components worth three credits each: a seminar (5 weeks) and a guided research project (3 weeks). During the seminar, students will also have a non-credit Spanish language class.
As part of the core seminar, students travel to places such as Zaachila, San Pablo Etla, and Sierra Norte to engage with the diverse local communities of the Oaxacan state. The seminar culminates in a week-long trip in the Sierra Madre and coastal regions. Students will spend several nights in indigenous communities and meet with indigenous activists and NGOs in the state. The trip will conclude on the coast in the city of Juchitan, which is a center of a thriving, matriarchal Zapotec culture. (Field trip plans may change based on events on the ground.)
Graduate students in all majors and disciplines from any U.S. university may apply. Advanced undergraduates who have completed at least 60 credits toward the completion of their degrees are also welcome to apply.
For more information, please visit: http://www.american.edu/sis/summer/Mexico.cfm