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Mexico Days 2017: A celebration of Mexican culture and scholarly exchange

Date & Time:
November 2, 2017 - November 15, 2017
Various - see individual events below

Thursday, November 2 

Day of the Dead: Altar making competition

Day of the Dead 2017 Poster

Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Place: MacEwan Student Centre - South Courtyard, University of Calgary

Join the Latin American Students' Association (LASA) for the Day of the Dead: Altar Making Competition. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has been celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries for many years as a day for the living to remember their departed relatives. "Ofrendas" (offerings) are set up on altars to honour those that have departed.  

LASA will be setting up altars beginning at 9 a.m. and participants from several Latin American Studies classes will participate by bringing photos, poems, letters or offerings in order to commemorate a special someone that has passed away. A representative from the Consulate of Mexico will determine the best altar at noon.  

This event is sponsored by LASA, Latin American Studies, and the Consulate of Mexico in Calgary. Contact for more information.

Monday, November 13 - Friday, January 12

Photography exhibit: Mexico City 

Place: EVDS Gallery, PF 2145

Wednesday, November 15

Mexico City:

the challenges and obstacles in striving for sustainability

Time: 6 - 9:30 p.m. *Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. with discussion and reception to follow. 

Place: Dining Centre - Alberta Room, University of Calgary

Join us for the core scholarly event of Mexico Days, a keynote address by Carlos De Leo. Leo, a professor of urban planning and urban design at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, will discuss the challenges and obstacles Mexico City must overcome in order to achieve sustainability and what is being done to work toward this vision. He will explain how the social, political, environmental, economic and legal factors combine to complicate the situation for this capital of over 20 million people. 

A panel discussion chaired by Pablo Policzer, Director, Latin American Research Centre (LARC) will follow the lecture. Panelists include Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Assistant Professor, Environmental Design and Gopal Achari, Professor, Civil Engineering. The audience will also be invited to join the multidisciplinary discussion.

A reception will follow with music by Mexican guitarist, Hugo Daniel Siqueiros, complimentary refreshments, a cash bar and exhibits. The exhibits featured will include:

  • archaeological artifacts from the sustained urban centers of ancient Mesoamerica, especially Cholula, Teotihuacan, and Monte Alban, contributed by Geoffrey McCafferty and Elizabeth Paris, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. This will be part of the Chacmool at 50: The Past, Present, and Future of Archaeology conference at University of Calgary, November 8-12, 2017
  • a Mexican social enterprise,“Ciclomanias”, that creates arts and crafts using recycled materials started by environmental design graduate, Elizabeth Romo-Rabago
  • solar power and community development project by “Nature’s Ride through Society”, a non-governmental organization created by environmental design graduate, Elizabeth Romo-Rabago, and Irene Herremans, Haskayne School of Business
  • information about opportunities to study in Mexico and Central and South America
  • samples from the “Modern and ancient urban design in Mexico” photography exhibit that will be located in the lobby of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, CHD100 from November 13, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Thursday November 16 

Film Festival

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

Place: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 122, University of Calgary


Can a mega-city mobilize its 22 million citizens to become water sustainable? Mexico City was built not near water but in the middle of a lake. This film is an environmental case study of the Valley of Mexico as it struggles to save itself while its population grows (Vimeo). View the trailer.

Puede una megaciudad movilizar a sus 22 millones de ciudadanos por un consumo de agua sustentable? La Ciudad de México fue edificada en medio un lago. Esta película es un caso de estudio ambiental del Valle de México en su lucha por salvarse a sí mismo, mientras que su población crece.

Registration is not required for this event.

Friday November 17

Film Festival

Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

Place: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) 122, University of Calgary

In the Middle of Heaven/En el ombligo del cielo 

Andrea, a young executive is trapped through the weekend on the rooftop of her office alongside Gualberto, the janitor. Truly lost in an asphalt and glass sea, both characters think over their lives and values.

Una joven ejecutiva, Andrea, se queda atrapada durante un fin de semana en la azotea del edificio donde trabaja, en compania de Gualberto, un intendente de limpieza. Autenticos naufragos en un mar de concrete y vidrio, los personajes reflexionaran sobre sus vidas y su escala de valores. 

Registration is not required for this event.

Public parking for all events is available in lots 3, 4 and the Arts Parkade.

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