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Spanish Students Study Abroad in Oaxaca

June 10, 2016

The first Modern Languages and Literatures Department study abroad trip to Oaxaca, Mexico lasted from June 4-July 2 for eight graduate and advanced Spanish students.


Under the guidance of Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, the group took classes at Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social and studied culture and civilization through excursions to Arrazola, Mitla, Yagul, Yanhuitlan, Juchitan, and Tehuantepec, among others.  Highlights include the Danza de la Pluma (Dance of the Feather) in Teotitlan del Valle and visits to the ruins at Monte Albán.


Students received six hours of graduate or advanced Spanish credit upon successful completion of the program.  The curriculum included:


  • The main aspects of Mexican culture and civilization, including indigenous cultures from the past and present;

  • The colonial culture and society of Mexico with  a wealth of masterpieces of Baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture;

  • Official and unofficial devotions, including Catholicism, Shamanism, and Indo-Catholic syncretism;

  • The role of women in mainstream Mexico in contrast with the matrifocal society of the Tehuantepec region;

  • Contemporary Mexico, including globalization, drug trafficking, and their consequences in the economy, religious practices, and the society in general.


The trip was funded in part by a generous grant from the Carlos and Malú Alvarez International Study Fund and is part of UTSA President Ricardo Romo’s Latin American Initiative.


For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages at 210-458-4377.

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