This course introduces the contemporary context of Guatemalan culture and identity through the lens of Religious Studies. Students spend the majority of the week in the Mayan town of San Lucas Tolimán on Lake Atitlán and also travel to the colonial city of Antigua and the Mayan ruins in Tikal. This service-learning course integrates course material with student service placements. Special attention is given to the role of culture, class, social location, and historical context in Christianity and Mayan religion in Guatemala. The class draws heavily from the local context in San Lucas Tolimán and the historical and contemporary religious landscape of Guatemala. Students learn about and have an opportunity to research and work in: coffee collectives, a school, a women’s center, construction sites, and ecological reforestation projects.

For more information, please see the Course Flyer from 2010.

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