Monday, April 2, 2012


So I got accepted to a cool summer institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. We will travel to Mexico CIty for two weeks and then to the desert southwest of the United States to study a variety of things; iconography, settlement patterns, and cultural/religious roots of late classical Mexican culture, and then, making cultural connections between pre-columbian people of the desert southwest and their neighbors south of the "border" in Mexico.

Chinampas model

Mexico City subway

Tunnel of Science

It's super exciting. I can't tell what interests me more, the iconography or the settlement patterns. As a botanist, a trained anthropologist, and frequent traveler to Mexico I can't imagine a better way to bridge the gap between science and the humanities, the stated goal of this year's sabbatical.

Mayan corn depiction

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, Sam..congratulations, hope you have a great time in Mexico!