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2014 Spring Colloquium
Executive Education Building
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

All lectures are open to the public.

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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.

Lakshman Yapa, Penn State

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Executive Education Building (adjacent to the Nittany Lion Inn)
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Lakshman Yapa (Geography) will talk about poverty.

This lecture is sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies.


The Melodrama of the Hacienda: Luis Bunuel’s Abismos de Pasion as Postcolonial Trans/Plantation
Kevin Hagopian, Penn State

Monday, April 28, 2014
102 Kern
12:15 p.m.

This lecture is part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon Series.

Peter Van Buren, Former Foreign Service Officer and author of We Meant Well

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Executive Education Building (adjacent to the Nittany Lion Inn)
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Peter Van Buren will talk about post-conflict peace-building.

This lecture is sponsored by the School of International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies.

The Center for Global Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
102 Old Botany Building | University Park, PA 16802
ph: 814.867.4697 | fax: 814.863.3528 | email: cgsinfo@psu.edu

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