Maxim Lowe ’18, right, in Yucatán. Lowe and other College of the Atlantic students will discuss their experiences in the college’s immersion program in Mexico at COA’s Human Ecology Forum on April 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Yucatán projects in focus at forum

BAR HARBOR — Several College of the Atlantic students who took part in COA’s annual 14-week program in Spanish language and culture in Mérida, Yucatán, this winter will talk about their experiences and share academic work from the program at the COA Human Ecology Forum in McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, April 17, at 4:10 p.m.

Among the students sharing stories, photographs and findings will be Maxim Lowe ’18, Andrew “An” Nguyen ’18, Sahra Gibson ’20 and Thomas Witten ’18.

Lowe will present images and stories from his experience working for an educational organization, traveling within a region of small villages in the south of the Yucatán and hosting drawing and art-making workshops for children of the pueblos.

Nguyen, inspired by the language of the area, the music of Natalia LaFourcade and a previous experience traveling to Peru, found himself in the Yucatán both to better his Spanish and know his neighbors across the border. He’ll review his ethnographic study on the little-known Asian-Mexican communities in Mérida and a final project on the stories of former undocumented immigrants in the pueblo of Chumayel, many of whom have lived in his hometown of San Francisco as well.

Gibson will share her experiences doing cross-cultural musical exchange, while Witten will describe his experiences working as a field assistant on archaeological excavations and documenting the findings of their work.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.


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