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About the Program

In August 2010, Penn State was awarded one of eleven highly competitive National Resource Center (NRC) grants from the U.S. Department of Education to support the creation and operations of the first internationally-focused NRC on Penn State’s campus.

The resulting Center for Global Studies (CGS) has, for the past three years, worked to expand the University’s commitment to global studies by enhancing multi-disciplinary collaboration; increasing the level and number of less commonly taught languages being taught at Penn State; promoting cross-disciplinary research; working with professional schools to develop workshops in global careers; hosting professional development workshops for K-12 teachers; and increasing global connections between Penn State and international universities in Turkey, Germany, and Mexico.

Featured Event

Taking Your Medicine: Love Magic and the Body in
Colonial Yucatán

Rebekah Martin, Penn State

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
124 Sparks, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Love magic was a vital part of the everyday experience of disease and healing in colonial Yucatán. Maya, Afro-Yucatecan, and Spanish healers throughout the colonial period used an array of potions, powders, and other ingestibles not only to heal the sick, but also to help colonial Yucatecans attract the amorous attentions of the opposite sex. This lecture explores the variety of medicines and ingested materials used in healing and love magic by colonial Yucatecans, paying particular attention to the preparation and consumption of plant and animal materials in the practice of love magic.

Rebekah Martin is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Penn State, specializing in Colonial Latin American history. Her research focuses on the social history of medicine in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Yucatán with a special interest in Maya and Afro-Mexican healing.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

The Center for Global Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
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