Saturday Lecture Series

The Merida English Library Saturday Lecture Series

For the past seven years, MEL has sponsored a lecture series on Saturday mornings 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.



2016 – 2017 Lectures

(**We will update regularly as we confirm speakers. Check back to this page or our events calendar!)


December 10th – Alejandro Alcocer Alvirde:  Music from the colonial and Latin American Independence eras


December 17th - Field Trip to Olimpo Cultural Center: Curator-guided tour of “Contemporal: Artistic Projects in the Yucatan from 2000 – 2016″


January 7th – Arturo Canton:  Maya Food Systems: From milpa to tienda


January 14th- Jorge Rosado: History of Merida


January 21st- Jack Robinson: La Plancha, A 60 Acre Park in the Heart of Mérida


January 28th- Bob Temple: The Mexican Revolution in Yucatán


February 4th- George Ashley: The Mexican Constitution


February 11th- Patricia Alatriste: What Does it Mean to Be Mestizo


February 18th – Artist Studio Tour – No Lecture


February 25th – Luis Ramirez Carrillo: The Lebanese Experience in the Yucatan


March 4th – Shalanda Baker: Renewable Energy and Green Development in the Yucatan


March 11th – Andrea Slusser: Mayan Hieroglyphs





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