Seminars & Events
Welcome Back Reception
The History Department will hold its Welcome Back Reception on September 26th @ 4:00 pm at the Alumni Lodge. We hope to see you there!
The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.
"My St. Mary's Project was truly the culminating experience for my undergraduate years. The process brought me full circle; I was able to take a piece of literature I had read in my very first semester and keep discussing and applying theory to it in my last. My SMP proved to me that I could sustain great ideas and discipline myself, even when I was discouraged. Working so closely with my SMP mentor, Christine Adams, was really valuable, offering a one-on-one environment that I had never had with my regular classes. I came away from my project knowing more about my topic than I thought I ever would -- and I still love it!"
Andean Study Tour to Peru, Summer 2013 (May 11th to May 31st)
This study tour is intended to immerse students in Andean culture in a way that reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of Latin American Studies. Therefore, the itinerary and coursework introduce students to the Andean region through multiple disciplinary lenses, including art history, history, environmental studies, political science, anthropology, archaeology and literature. The general itinerary explores a variety of locations from the ancient cities of the Inca, to the city of Cusco, to contemporary villages in Chincero and Pisac. Considered as a whole, the study tour provides students with an overview of Andean culture in relation to both natural and built environments, as well as meaningful interacion with the history and people of the Andes from its ancient roots through the Colonial period and into the present.
The class will meet a few times during the Spring semester, and then we will tour different sites in Peru for twenty one (21) days. Among the activities and tours for Summer 2013 are:
- City tour of Cusco
- Tour of Inca Ruins above Cusco (Cuatro Ruinas)
- Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac, Saltpans of Maras, Moray and Chinchero
- Expedition to Machu Picchu, 2 days
- Two-hour class Introductory Quechua
- Weaving demonstration in Chinchero, by local women from Asociación Loraypo
- City tour of Lima
We will be based in Cusco, from where we will take tours into the surrounding areas. Students will stay in Peruvian homes with local families, except for when we visit Machu Picchu, where students will stay in a hotel.
All our local arrangements are provided by Centro Tinku, an educational and cultural institution dedicated to organizing academic programs in South America. For more information, visit their website.