Millsaps Yucatan Institute for Language and Culture

TESTIMONIALS

Dr amy
Dr. Amy Forbes, PhD
Professor of History, Millsaps College

Program: Guest lecturer in Millsaps course, Minds to Markets (Fiser and Hopkins). Upcoming course: Ancient Cultures, Modern Identity: Politics, Art, and Contested Resources in the Yucatan

Merida is such a vibrant city. I loved the mix of modern Mexico and ancient Mayan and colonial cultures that make it such a unique place. And Millsaps' house felt like a spa! As a historian, I was fascinated by the complex interaction of Mexican, Mayan, European, and Caribbean influences in the Yucatan. You could see these influences in restaurants, buildings, museums and even the people on the street. I'll never forget my first swim in a cenote, a huge, hollowed-out cavern -- legendary entrance to the underworld and modern irrigation source. The water was so incredibly clear. I could see the bottom 100 feet below!

JAMES BOWLEY
JAMES BOWLEY

James E Bowley has led many trips to the Yucatan and is a Religious Studies professor of 19 Millsaps years. One of the most popular and long running of our Yucatan classes! “The History of Chocolate, Maya Gods, and YOU!” RLST 3750, HIST 3750, SOAN 3750

Everyone in the world seemingly knows and loves chocolate, but how did that happen? In this course we will explore the history of chocolate in the land of its beginnings. Moving from Yucatecan Maya temples to the history of Europeans in the land until today, this course will deal with chocolate, of course, and history, religion, and anthropology! (And can be credited for all 3!). We’ll see beautiful vistas, swim in the ocean, cenotes, and pools, and enjoy every minute of learning and exploring!

It’s a fascinating story of nature, religion, conquest, technology, trade, and exploitation, and we’ll see it all in the fascinating and beautiful land and culture of Yucatan.

We’ll spend 11 days in the Yucatan, visiting temples, museums, beaches, the Millsaps Bioreserve, and we’ll eat plenty of chocolate. And of course New Year’s Eve in Mexico!

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Dr amy
Dr. Amy Forbes, PhD
Professor of History, Millsaps College

Program: Guest lecturer in Millsaps course, Minds to Markets (Fiser and Hopkins). Upcoming course: Ancient Cultures, Modern Identity: Politics, Art, and Contested Resources in the Yucatan

Merida is such a vibrant city. I loved the mix of modern Mexico and ancient Mayan and colonial cultures that make it such a unique place. And Millsaps' house felt like a spa! As a historian, I was fascinated by the complex interaction of Mexican, Mayan, European, and Caribbean influences in the Yucatan. You could see these influences in restaurants, buildings, museums and even the people on the street. I'll never forget my first swim in a cenote, a huge, hollowed-out cavern -- legendary entrance to the underworld and modern irrigation source. The water was so incredibly clear. I could see the bottom 100 feet below!

James bowley
JAMES BOWLEY

James E Bowley has led many trips to the Yucatan and is a Religious Studies professor of 19 Millsaps years.
One of the most popular and long running of our Yucatan classes! “The History of Chocolate, Maya Gods, and YOU!” RLST 3750, HIST 3750, SOAN 3750

Everyone in the world seemingly knows and loves chocolate, but how did that happen? In this course we will explore the history of chocolate in the land of its beginnings. Moving from Yucatecan Maya temples to the history of Europeans in the land until today, this course will deal with chocolate, of course, and history, religion, and anthropology! (And can be credited for all 3!). We’ll see beautiful vistas, swim in the ocean, cenotes, and pools, and enjoy every minute of learning and exploring!

It’s a fascinating story of nature, religion, conquest, technology, trade, and exploitation, and we’ll see it all in the fascinating and beautiful land and culture of Yucatan.

We’ll spend 11 days in the Yucatan, visiting temples, museums, beaches, the Millsaps Bioreserve, and we’ll eat plenty of chocolate. And of course New Year’s Eve in Mexico!

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Some more testimonials:

This class was more than just learning about the history of the Mayas and chocolate, you get to live it! From tasting the very first chocolate drink to participating in rituals, to experience the Yucatan is beyond what the classroom can offer you. The Cenote is everything, people!  Do it for the Cenote

Natasha McGuire

The chocolate class was not only fun but also informative adventure. I would recommend this course to everyone! Especially if they have an interest in learning more about the Maya.

Victoria Rincon

During this course, your major does not matter. This is an experience that can provide knowledge that exceeds academia.

Jessica Reynolds

This course, much like many others at Millsaps College, is a truly eye-opening adventure that will show you life from a very different perspective. This is my 5th field study with Millsaps College and this one has certainly been the most thrilling, informative, and laid back one of the five by far. If you are interested  in becoming a more well-rounded scholar, I highly suggest taking this course not only because you will learn a multitude of of things, but because it is amazing!

Parker Young

It was a really eye-opening trip! I have a newfound appreciation for chocolate now.

anonymous

It was a class of many “firsts.” I was able to see and experience things that I would otherwise not have been exposed to. This included scuba diving, visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and swimming in cenotes!

Nigel Stinson

During this course, your major does not matter. This is an experience that can provide knowledge that exceeds academia.

Jessica Reynolds

It was a class of many “firsts.” I was able to see and experience things that I would otherwise not have been exposed to. This included scuba diving, visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and swimming in cenotes!

Nigel Stinson