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)


Wednesdays, 7 pm to 8 pm – MEL Garden **In case of rain, we move inside to the newly expanded children’s section**

Free and open to the public, donations encouraged.

2018-2019 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!)

December 19th – Dr. Margaret Shrimpton: Yucatan and the Caribbean: tracing literary routes across the region, Margaret (Maggie) Shrimpton Masson, UADY.

December 26th – Xmas – No Lecture

January 2nd – Barbara Young: A Stethoscope and a Parka: Adventures and Lessons Practicing Medicine in the Arctic

January 9th – Rodrigo Rodríguez – Renting in Merida

January 16th – Dr. Tomas Gonzalez Estrada – The Chicxulub Crater

January 23 – Sandra Watson: the African diaspora in Mexico

January 30 – Leandro Valle – Mayan Culture Through the Eyes of an Artist

Feb 6 – Alma Duran: History of Yoga

February 13 – The Invisible Handicap: Hearing Loss- organized by Joan Farrell and Marianne Kehoe

February 20 – Bob Temple: Zavala: The Yucatecan Vice President of the Republic of Texas

February 27 – Rx for Yucatán- 20 Social Issues Facing the State by Dr. Luis Ramirez

March 6 – Mexican Oil: Where’s It Going? by Professor George Ashley

March 13 – Notes on the Porfiriato and the Seeds of Revolution by Political Scientist and Activist, Reg McGee

March 20 – Mayan Herbal Medicine: Alive and Well by Sra. Anselma Chalé  and Shaman Bacilio Cue with translator  Rodolfo Puch



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