A message from Dr. Jennifer Casolo, Academic Coordinator for CIRMA -University of Arizona Study Abroad
With our Spring semester 2013 deadline fast approaching, I am writing with an appeal for your support for CIRMA, el Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica, in Antigua, Guatemala. All you need to do is make your students and Study Abroad Office aware of the unique dual role that our Study Abroad Program with the University of Arizona plays.
CIRMA is a Guatemalan non-profit foundations dedicated to preserving national historical memory, and to carrying out and promoting the high quality training and research of leaders in Mesoamerican social science. CIRMAs institutional resources and activities contribute to the development of critical thought and the practice of constructive dialogue with the goal of promoting a more just and tolerant society. CIRMA´s comprehensive social science collection includes: one of the largest Social Science Libraries of its genre in the region. The collection houses national and international publications about Central America, especially of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and is used extensively by national and international scholars. The Historical Archive with over 7,500,000 documents that rescue Guatemala’s history from the 16th Century to the present. The largest Photographic Archive in Guatemala with over 1,000,000 photos documenting Guatemalan history from 1850 to the present.
The University of Arizona Study Abroad Program at CIRMA in Antigua, Guatemala not only provides students with a transformational pedagogical experience based on the inseparability of theory and practice, and the opportunity to intern at CIRMA working to conserve and catalog our growing collection and/or to intern in a variety of service-learning outreach programs in the area, but it provides vital economic support to CIRMAs social science library, historical archives and fototeca.
The CIRMA/University of Arizona Study Abroad Program offers fully accredited Spring and Fall semester programs as well as a 6 wk intensive Summer semester. In addition to University of Arizona students CIRMA-U of A has helped transform the lives of students from a wide array of universities and colleges across the United States and Canada such as Yale University, University of North Dakota, Skidmore College, and Fort Lewis College.
Please help us to continue our dual mission of sustaining the valuable work of preserving the historical memory of the past and educating US and Central American thinkers of tomorrow. Forward the following to prospective students and check to see if your Study Abroad Office accepts our program.
CIRMA-University of Arizona Study Abroad Program in Antigua, Guatemala
Deepen your understanding of the social, historical and political dynamics of Guatemala and Central America and learn Spanish while living in a fascinating colonial town. The semester programs and six-week summer intensive program provide undergraduate, honors and graduate college credits from the University of Arizona and are open to students from any university. The program includes courses such as: Mesoamerican Archaeology, Maya-Kaq’chikel, History of Central American Revolutions, Narratives of Identity and Nation in Guatemala, Biodiversity, Climate Change and the political ecology of “Disaster” in Central America, Globalization, Development and the Making of Modern Guatemala, and Spanish Language and Literature
For more information check out the program at www.studyabroad.arizona.edu and/or www.cirma.org.gt or write Academic Coordinator Jennifer Casolo, firstname.lastname@example.org or University of Arizona Study Abroad Coordinator, Jill Calderón, email@example.com.