¡Que Viva Nuevo Méjico!
with Sheena Neese
Week 2: (6/19 – 6/23)
As a non-native New Mexican, I have been struck by the uniqueness of New Mexico’s linguistic and cultural patrimony. As a passionate language scholar, I have found found that the interplay between language and culture has never been more apparent to me than upon my arrival in New Mexico, evident in the folk art, food, architecture and cultures of our unique state. In this course, we will explore how New Mexican Spanish reflects its origins in 16th century Spain and how it has also shifted to include English-based words and Spanish that has evolved from Central America. We will share the unique culture and language that New Mexico has developed as a result of the influences that Central America and Spain have had here throughout the centuries.
In addition to exploring these topics inside a bilingual classroom, we will explore New Mexico’s distinctiveness through multiple field trips, guest speakers, and activities. These may include a trip to Albuquerque’s National Hispanic Culture Center and the Instituto Cervantes, a trip to the Sanctuary of Chimayo, Santa Fe’s Cathedral, the Loretto Chapel, the Palace of the Governors, the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Cerrillos Food Markets, Canyon Road, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art.
Full daily schedule coming in January.