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OLL's FEBRUARY 2020 TALKS & TOURS

Pino Suarez 519
Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico 68000
951-518-7077
library@oaxlibrary.org

HOURS:                                
Mon - Fri  10 AM - 7 PM
Sat 10 - 1 PM
Closed Sundays and
Mexican National Holidays
Oaxaca Lending Library's In-House Presentations and
Out & About in Oaxaca Tours

  • All prices are in Mexican Pesos.
  • There are different prices for members (M) and non-members (NM)
  • Events can be paid for online or at the Circulation Desk of the Library.
  • Free events need to be signed up for in advance as well as paid presentations.
  • OLL accepts no reservations without payment. Phone reservations are not accepted.
  • At the door at the time of an event the price is MX$100 (M) MX$150 (NM). Please bring exact change.
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  • Notice: Out & About in Oaxaca Tours with less than 10 people registered for the specific outing will be cancelled and fully refunded.

FEBRUARY 2020 IN-HOUSE PRESENTATIONS and TOURS
Book Early • Registration Limited
LECTURE: 
The Political Economy Of Indigenous Peasant Communities Of Oaxaca


Presented by Ronald Waterbury, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Queens College, City University of New York


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM) PER LECTURE*

This is the first in a series of three lectures. 
Sign up separately for each. It is not necessary to attend all three.

This series of three lectures will explore the economic and political dimensions of social and cultural life in the indigenous peasant communities of Oaxaca. Throughout, attention will be given to the interrelationships with the wider socioculural system of which these communities have been a part since the Spanish Conquest. 

THIS FIRST LECTURE will provide geocultural background information, followed by an examination of the economics of peasant households.

THE SECOND LECTURE (Monday, February 10) will examine traditional political systems.

THE THIRD LECTURE  (Monday, February 17) will tie it all together with a focus on the "modernizing"  forces that are transforming the "traditional" systems, as well as attempts to resist those forces. 

*The proceeds from these lectures will be shared equally with The Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies 

  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR LECTURE #1  


 
TALK: 
ARTFUL APRONS of SAN MIGUEL del VALLE
Cultural and Personal Identity

Presented by Jacki Gordon/Norma Schafer

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM) 


Women in Oaxaca valley villages wear aprons. For use around the house, the aprons can be simple and functional. Those for fiestas can be over-the-top. When a visitor goes to the Sunday Tlacolula market, one sees a variety of apron designs worn by indigenous women of the region. There are ruffles and ribbons, pleats and tucks, hems finished with fancy factory-made lace. Each style identifies the village where the woman is from. The San Miguel del Valle aprons are distinctive. The bibs are narrower, the skirt is wide and flouncy, and depending on cost, can be almost completely covered in elaborate embroidered images of flowers, birds, animals, and leaves in an extravagant rainbow of color. It’s like wearing a work of art. The apron is worn by young girls, mature women, and grandmothers. The complexity of the embroidery depends on the occasion, family resources, and age of the wearer. 

We will talk about indigenous textiles in general and how to discern quality. We will focus on the elaborate aprons of San Miguel del Valle, who makes them, who wears them, and why they are an important cultural marker. In a slide show, we will show examples of aprons from this village and their makers, and compare them with those from other villages in and around Tlacolula. We’ll see how the apron is part of economic development opportunities for women in a village where people primarily weave rugs for Teotitlan del Valle resellers. We’ll examine how aprons are made, choice of cloth, thread, and embellishment. We will talk about what type of support is needed to improve quality, how to evaluate quality and make the best, most informed selection. We will look at differing expectations of buyers — local customers and foreign visitors. We’ll learn a little history and geography of the region, too. 

Several embroiderers from San Miguel del Valle will join us at the presentation and offer a limited selection of what they make for sale...SO DON'T FORGET YOUR PESOS!

NOTE: There will be an Out & About Tour on Thursday, February 6 to San Miguel del Valle

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TOUR: 
TEXTILE ART in SAN MIGUEL del VALLE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


San Miguel is one of many villages around Oaxaca where women continue to wear traditional attire. Their colorful, flowing dresses and elaborately embroidered aprons are a sight to behold. We will visit some of the workshops where these items are lovingly made.

The group will stop for lunch at the central market in Tlacolula on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

NOTE: There will be a talk on these aprons, dresses and blouses on the Tuesday prior to the tour by Jacki Gordon Cooper and Norma Schafer

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TALK: 
CANNABIS - ITS USE, HEALTH BENEFITS AND LEGAL STATUS IN MEXICO
Presented by Alex Haulman

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)

Mexico is on the verge of legalizing recreational cannabis use. This presentation will focus on numerous aspects of the cannabis plant. In this talk, we will cover the following elements related to the cannabis plant:

• history of cannabis use by humans
• the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
• CBD or cannabidiol (the non-intoxicating cannabinoids) • beneficial uses of cannabis
• different cannabis preparations and their uses
• dosage recommendations
• its recent legal rulings and current legal status
• cannabis in Oaxaca

If you are interested in learning more about the history, use and legal status of cannabis here in Mexico, then please join us for this presentation.

Alex Haulman began studying cannabis and other medicinal plants in the early 1990s with an emphasis on their use for spiritual and healing purposes. His studies have included the ethnobotanical uses of cannabis and other healing plants. He has helped hundreds of patients in both the USA and Mexico with cannabis use to alleviate issues from cancer, stroke, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, autoimmune diseases and many others. Alex was able to use cannabis to detox off of opiates and has been opiate free for over 5 years.

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TALK: 

OAXACA, VALLEY of DREAMS
Presented by Bill Pumphrey 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


Bill Pumphrey is a world traveler and long-time resident of Oaxaca. If you're a first time visitor to his adopted city you need to sign up for this talk and learn things about Oaxaca that are not in the guidebooks. Of course old time Oaxaca visitors are welcome too…come and add your dos pesos to the mix.

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LECTURE: 
The Political Economy Of Indigenous Peasant Communities Of Oaxaca

Presented by Ronald Waterbury, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Queens College, City University of New York

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM) PER LECTURE*

This is part of a series of Three Lectures. 
Sign up separately for each. It is not necessary to attend all three.

This series of three lectures will explore the economic and political dimensions of social and cultural life in the indigenous peasant communities of Oaxaca. Throughout, attention will be given to the interrelationships with the wider socioculural system of which these communities have been a part since the Spanish Conquest. 

THIS SECOND LECTURE will examine traditional political systems.

THE THIRD LECTURE  (Monday, February 17) will tie it all together with a focus on the "modernizing"  forces that are transforming the "traditional" systems, as well as attempts to resist those forces. 

*The proceeds from these lectures will be shared equally with The Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies 

  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR LECTURE #2  

TALK: 
WEAVING of TEOTITLAN
Presented by Porfirio Gutierrez

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family are masters of traditional Zapotec weaving and come from a long line of weavers in Teotitlán del Valle. He is among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition. Sr. Gutiérrez’ work has been featured at the Smithsonian and several articles about his endeavors have appeared in The New York Times.

There will be an Out & About In Oaxaca tour on Thursday, February 13 to visit Teotitlan and see the beautiful new Cultural Center and visit weaving and candle making workshops.


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TALK: 
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY in EARLY COLONIAL MEXICO
Presented by David Gitlitz

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 5 PM
MX$ 90 (M) MX$130 (NM)

 
Jews in colonial Mexico? Well, not really. They were Christians whose parents and grandparents had been Jews in late 15th-century Iberia, and who still clung to some measure of Jewish beliefs and practices here in the New world.

We know the names of about 120 practicing Jewish-Christian women and men in Mexico during the 1500s. This talk will explore who they were, where they came from, why they came, where they settled, what they did when they got here, what their religious practices were like, and what became of them. (Spoiler alert: none of them are still alive today, but traces of their culture do remain.)

David Gitlitz worked for a number of universities in the US, Latin America, and Europe as a professor (literature, history, anthropology) and an administrator (program director, department chair, dean, academic vice president). His writing, some of it in conjunction with his late wife Linda Davidson, has been on topics of Spanish culture and literature, pilgrimages and holy places, Spanish-Jewish interrelations, and Renaissance cuisine. His first trip to Oaxaca was in 1960 (!), and he's been living full time in Santa Cruz Etla now for five years and considers it his home for the duration.

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TOUR: 
WEAVING and CANDLE MAKING in TEOTITLAN

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)

Teotitlan is justly famous for the fine textile products woven there by families who have been producing their wares for generations. We will visit the home and taller of the Gutierrez family.

We will also stop at the recently opened community cultural center and visit one of the candle-making workshops in the town. On the way back to Oaxaca the group will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

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TALK: 
ABSENCE of WOMEN ARTISTS in a
TEXTILE MUSEUM? BELIEVE IT or NOT!

Presented by Hector Meneses
Director: Museo Textil de Oaxaca

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX 130 (NM)


For a couple of years now, and more and more recently, art museums are reassessing their histories, programmes, and collections to embrace more diversity. Women are one of the several groups that have been kept aside in art history. How has this archaic view impacted a textile museum, where most of its ethnographic collections have been created by women? Are there any additional factors that should be taken into consideration in this reassessment? Maybe there is a crucial one: racism.

Photo courtesy of Museo Textil de Oaxaca

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LECTURE:
The Political Economy Of Indigenous Peasant Communities Of Oaxaca

Presented by Ronald Waterbury, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Queens College, City University of New York

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM) PER LECTURE*

This is the last in a series of three lectures. 
Sign up separately for each. It is not necessary to attend all three.

This series of three lectures will explore the economic and political dimensions of social and cultural life in the indigenous peasant communities of Oaxaca. Throughout, attention will be given to the interrelationships with the wider socioculural system of which these communities have been a part since the Spanish Conquest. 

THIS THIRD LECTURE will tie it all together with a focus on the "modernizing"  forces that are transforming the "traditional" systems, as well as attempts to resist those forces. 

*The proceeds from these lectures will be shared equally with The Welte Institute for Oaxacan Studies 
 

  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR LECTURE #3  

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TALK:

DOLLS: SACRED and CEREMONIAL FIGURES of the WORLD
Presented by Ellen Benson

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 5 PM
MX$90 (M), MX$130 (NM)

For hundreds of years and in cultures around the world, dolls have been objects of power, healing, protection, identity, and story-telling as well as of play. 

Dumpster Diva Ellen Benson will show us how she uses recycled materials to create her own mixed media art dolls. She will share the costumes, street art, African and Mexican figures, fiber artists, teachers and doll makers that continue to amaze and inspire her.

  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR LECTURE #3  

TALK:
BEYOND FRIDA KAHLO:
THREE MEXICAN WOMEN ARTISTS

Presented by Andrea Fairchild

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


The early 20th century saw the arrival of many different artistic movements in Mexico, one which was Surrealism. The conjunction of the Mexican heritage, worldwide interest in the unconscious mind and a liberation from classical painting styles brought about flowering of creativity. We will look at the art of Remedios Varo Uranga, Leonora Carrington and Bridget Bate Tichenor. What did they find in Mexico and what did they contribute to the artistic scene?

Dr Andrea Weltzl Fairchild, Concordia University, (ret.). Department of Art Education,Faculty of Fine Arts . She has been interested in how the general public “makes meaning” during the museum visit and what that implies for museum educators and teachers. Lately, her interest includes how the design of exhibition facilitates learning in a museum. Member of CECA (Committee on Education and Museums) and SIGEM ( Special Interest Group on Museum Education in Canada) .
Contact: afairchild4@gmail.com

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TOUR:
THE RED POTTERY of SAN MARCOS TLAPAZOLA

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 9 AM - 4 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The inhabitants of San Marco almost all busy themselves with the making of the red clay pottery the village is famous for. Perhaps the most illustrious of these is Macrina Mateo Martinez, whose work has been featured in exhibits on all five continents. She will welcome us to her home and workshop to explain the art which has kept her village alive for centuries. We will enjoy lunch at the central market in Tlacolula on the way back to Oaxaca. (Note: tour price does not include lunch.)

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GAME NIGHT:
JEOPARDY @ the OLL...
LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Presented by Tanya Lapierre and Sally Sell

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 5 PM, FREE


Jeopardy's coming to the OLL. Think your Mexican facts are up to snuff? Do you bore your dinner guests with Mexican trivia? This is your time to shine! A fun filled free evening of competition, Mexican and Oaxacan trivia you may never use again. There may even be prizes.

Tanya Lapierre and Sally Sell, who have no relationship to Alex Trebek or any other trivia or game show qualifications, are hosting this fun, light evening.

  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE EVENT  
TALK:
TAKE a VIRTUAL WALK THROUGH MORELIA, MICHOACAN with a WORLD HISTORIAN
Presented by Tom Mounkhall

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


Join World Historian Tom Mounkhall as he takes us on a virtual walk through the beautiful and historic colonial city of Morelia — learn about World History, Morelia Colonial Architecture and comparisons to Oaxaca.

Tom Mounkhall has spent over 50 years studying and teaching World History. He has given at least 10 lectures at the OLL, always to a sold out audience,  in the past.

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WALKING TOUR:
Presented by Tom Mounkhall

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 9:00 - 10:30 AM — FREE
Limited to 25 walkers — must sign up in advance 


Take a Walk Through the Oaxaca Centro with a World Historian, Tom Mounkhall. On our walk we will relate the streetscapes and architecture to Mexican and World History. The walk will be a stroll starting at the OLL and ending at the Zocalo. 

Tom Mounkhall has spent over 50 years studying and teaching World History. He has given at least 10 lectures at the OLL, always to a sold out audience.
 
TALK:
OAXACAN COFFEE: A crash course on how to distinguish its flavors and become a coffee connoisseur in town.
Presented by Kate Avansino

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


Coffee is indeed a fruit and each region of Oaxaca certainly has different flavors!  In this crash course we'll talk about the 5 factors that influence the final taste of your morning cup of joe.  We'll get into a little chemistry and science before tasting different roasting profiles, experimenting with different potential coffee flavor expressions and finally trying coffee from various regions in Oaxaca!

Kate is the owner of Cafébre on M. Bravo 108 and has been living and working in Oaxaca since 2008. She is the 15th place holder nationally in Brew Bar, roasts more than 100 pounds of coffee a week and really likes to get techncial about everything coffee.

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TOUR:
MARDI GRAS/SHROVE TUESDAY in
SAN MARTIN TILCAJETE


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
MX$350 (M) MX$400 (NM)


The citizens of Tilcajete know how to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, and we are invited to join in the festivities! Hundreds of noisy merry-makers roam the streets in all manner of home-made costumes. Curious tourists come to town to take part in the fun. Participants are encouraged to have lunch in local restaurants or sample the wares of food vendors lining the streets.

Caution: visitors should wear old clothes, as merrymakers delight in “tagging” tourists, leaving greasy handprints behind.

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LECTURE/SING-A-LONG:
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: 10 of the BEST TRAVELING SONGS
Presented by Stephen Richer

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 5 - 6:30 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


If you were lucky enough to be here last year and to enjoy Stephen's "The Life and Times of Pete Seeger and the Power of Protest Songs", this lecture/sing along will be just your cup o'tea. Like the Seeger lecture this lecture combines history with the biographies of song writers, and of course involves the audience in singing.

Stephen Richer is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He's been giving a series of courses on the social history of protest music at Carleton's Institute for Learning in Retirement.

This lecture/concert will be repeated on March 12th.

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TALK:
ART, MUSIC, WAR and REVOLUTION: GREENWICH VILLAGE 1956-71
Presented by Ken Ludmer

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 5 PM
MX$90 (M) MX$130 (NM)


The presentation starts with the 1950's...Beatniks, Alan Ginsberg and the poetry of free speech. The cafes of Macdougal Street with Lenny Bruce. The Washington Sq. Park folk music protest scene with Pete Seeger. The impact of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. The Art explosion of Andy Warhol: street Art, happenings and Be-Ins. The Hippies and the Fillmore East. Anti-Vietnam movement. Gay rights and the Stonewall. Betty Freidan/Bella Abzug and the women's rights marches and much more.

Ken Ludmer's first coffee was at the Cafe Figaro in 1956. He worked in The Village as a waiter, cook, actor with the Wooster St. Players, bartender, environmental activist and Village Neighborhood Television cable TV host. A graduate of Columbia Univ. School of Social Work, he was a family therapist for 50 years, and taught in the Graduate Schools of Columbia, Fordham and Yeshiva Universities.

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INTRO TO OAXACA
EVERY MONDAY & WEDNESDAY @ 11:00 AM / FREE

This popular introduction to our adopted city is a great help to visitors and potential residents alike. If you're new to Oaxaca come join us for this introduction presented by a full-time resident and member of OLL. They will answer questions and give their perspective on what it's like to live in Oaxaca. No sign up necessary — just come up to the terrace and join the conversation!
 

OHM YOGA on the TERRAZA
With instructor Teresa Diaz
MONDAYS • WEDNESDAYS • FRIDAYS  
9:30 to 10:30 AM

MX$60 (M) MX$80 (NM) PER SESSION

Yoga for all levels and ages in English and Spanish. No need to sign up in advance...just come on up to the terrace and join the class. We have a few mats to loan but bring your own if you have one.
 

¡CREA y COMPARTE!
Create and Share!

(formerly Stitch 'n Bitch)
TUESDAYS AT 11 AM - 1 PM
FREE ON THE TERRACE

Join this weekly NEEDLE ARTS GROUP to KNIT, CROCHET, EMBROIDER and KIBBITZ. Bring your own handwork of any type. Learn from others. Make hats and scarves for our Hats and Scarves Campokids project. If you can, donate yarn, needles or funds to buy yarn and needles for this project.
 
MAHJONG, AMERICAN STYLE
WEDNESDAYS, 1-3 PM, ON THE TERRACE

Don’t want to miss your weekly game of mahjong while you’re in Oaxaca? Join us...we’ve got tiles and extra cards and happy to accommodate different levels of players. MX$10 (M), MX$20 (NM) donation to OLL. Questions...email Lissa Waite or WhatsApp +1-216-233-6555.
 
 
MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOS
THURSDAYS, 11 AM-2 PM on the terrace at OLL
For more info contact Madeleine Cranston madeleinetoor@yahoo.com
MX$20 donation to OLL for use of the space.
 

BRIDGE at the OLL
TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS, 1 PM
MX$20 pesos per session —
on the Terrazza
TUESDAYS: Chicago scoring with a change in partners every four hands. Come without a partner.
FRIDAYS: Duplicate game.
Come with a partner.
More information: Contact Richard Louis


INTERCAMBIO
EVERY SATURDAY, 10 AM to 12 PM
It's fun! It's free!

An excellent way to improve your Spanish, help our Oaxacan friends and neighbors improve their English, and learn more about each other in the process! 
 
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