Mexico Days was celebrated with several exciting events on campus. The Day of the Dead altar competition took place between several Latin American Studies classes and was judged by a representative from the Consulate of Mexico. The following day, Dr. Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez spoke on the concept of Buen Vivir as a social philosophy with roots in indigenous cultures during her keynote address. Panelists from the departments of history, archaeology, social ecology, environmental design and the Latin American Students Association commented in a discussion. A reception followed with a photo exhibit entitled “Outer and Inner Space: Yucatan Peninsula and Western Canada” by photographers Cristóbal González and Ana Martin del Campo, with music by local Mexican guitarist, Hugo Daniel Siqueiros.
Mexico Days will conclude on Dec.1 with a film screening and discussion of the "golden era" of Mexican cinematography with film director Emilio Maillé. Emilio will introduce his film Miradas Múltiples: La Máquina Loca, based on the great work of Gabriel Figueroa and participate in a post-film discussion with the audience. SS 203 @ 630pm. Free and open to the public!
Interviews with some of the Day of the Dead altar competitors: