This past Saturday, the group gathered completely for the first time to engage in a full day of learning, bonding, and trip preparation. Throughout the day, we discussed readings concerning the ideologies of capitalism, socialism, and fair trade, bonded through the human knot, visited the Maya exhibit in the Anthropology Museum, and spoke with Duncan Earle via Skype to learn about the Maya calendar (the world is not going to self destruct in 2012). Below are quotes from a few students with their expectations for the class.
“I would say I am most excited to learn more about the Mayan culture and their history. Ancient civilizations have always been something that has interested me and having this direct contact with the area in which they lived and their living decedents will be great. I am also excited to visit Chiapas and learn more about how the economy of this area works. I have never visited a Latin American country and I feel this opportunity to really compare and contrast the differences in the economy with our own will be worthwhile.”
“I am very anxious to explore ideas of how culture affects business practices.”
“During the fall of freshman year, I developed an interested in Chiapas through my FYS class. This will be my third class about the region, and I am excited to finally see what I have been learning about in anthropology, business and Spanish courses come to life and experience it firsthand! ”
– Jessica Forkosh
“Spending a week among the people of Chiapas will be an exciting and profound experience. Interacting with many cultures always broadens my horizons and allows me to view situations from different viewpoints. It is easy to assume that the American perspective is the only one though often it needs improvement from outside influences. Visiting the people of Chiapas will help show us the changes that need to be made to the Free Trade system that rules the world so that small producers can actively and fairly interact in the world market.”
– Ella Douglas