Lecture Series

The Merida English Library Lecture Series

For the past seven years, MEL has sponsored a lecture series from mid-October to mid-April.  We try to include a wide range of speakers and subjects.  There are always a couple of talks about some aspect of the history of  Mexico or the Yucatan or the city of Merida.  And we usually have a lecture or two about the Maya – their architecture, spiritual beliefs or customs.  Sometimes an archaeologist will discuss something exciting about a newly discovered ruin or offer a new look at a well-known site.  Mixed in among these “academic” topics might be talks about backyard composting in the city, or the state of solar power technology, or recent changes in Mexico’s immigration laws, or how to become a “birder.”

Most of the programs are free; for some, there is a nominal suggested donation.

Wednesdays,  7 pm to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted)


 2017-2018 Lectures

(**We will update regularly as we confirm speakers. Check back to this page or our events calendar! Please keep in mind that sometimes speakers cancel at the last minute and the schedule changes. The volunteer committee that organizes the series does their best to keep the info updated, but it’s not always possible. Thanks for understanding!)



4 – Christopher Collins – Concertmaster of the Yucatan Symphony Orquestra

11, 18th, and 25th – Raul Alcocer Mendoza – 3 Part Series about Maya Culture and History – These presentations begin at 7:30 pm

  • 11th – The Life of Tatiana Proskouriakoff
  • 18th – Maya Celebration of the Solar New Year
  • 25th – The World According to the Ancient Maya



8–Marinna Aguirre – Romulo Rozo and Merida: His story, glory, and legacy

15-Luis Barrueta – Water Systems in Merida

22-Juan Carlos Lomonaco – Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

29-George Ann Huck – Women of the Yucatan



6–Luz Maria Viera Castro – Education in the Yucatan and Mexico  – Learn the facts about the education system in Mexico from someone who has spent her life working at all educational levels. Ms. Castro will talk about what informal and formal education systems exist, how urban and rural education differs, how you become a teacher in Mexico, is it true that positions are inherited and bought,  what is the SNTE and the CNTE, and how have recent reforms impacted education.

13-Aliza Mizrahi – Slow Food in the Yucatan

Aliza Mizrahi, has multiple degrees from Berkeley (chemistry), Yale (forestry and environmental studies),  Escuela de Agricultura Ecologica Uyits Ka’an (organic agriculture).

20- No Lecture

27- No Lecture



10-George Ashley Mexican History – Mexico’s Mineral Wealth from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present

17-Imam Azahar Goraya – Understanding Islam

24-Dan Griffin – Mayan Archeology

31-Paulo Afonso – Coastal Ecology in the Yucatan



7–Bob Temple – The Independent Republic of Yucatan

14- Dr. Luis Ramírez Carillo – Chinese emigration to Yucatán

21-Reginald McGhee – Felipe Carillo Puerto

28-Rodrigo Rodriguez – Living and Dying in Mexico: What to do if a loved one passes away in Mexico.


March –

7 – Dr. Alma Duran – Maximilian, Carlota and the Importance of Yucatán during the Second Mexican Empire

14 – Jorge Rosado – La Mejorada neighborhood in Merida

21 – Going Solar in Merida  – The ins and outs of converting to solar energy




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