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Learning @ La Biblioteca

Education, Poverty, and Heath Care

By J. Paul

Occupy Wall Street San Miguel will be presenting discussions about issues surrounding education, poverty, and health care. These discussions will be held from 10 to noon in the Sala Quetzal at the Biblioteca. There is no charge, although donations will be accepted to help with Biblioteca services.

Discussion: Occupy Wall Street San Miguel On Education, Poverty and Heath Care. Thu & Fri, Feb 16 & 17, 10am-12pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Free

On Thursday, Feb.16, James Palombo will be speaking on “Political, economic, and social considerations related to better understanding the American experiment.” Focused particularly on the relatedness of the Occupy concerns and the Civil Rights Movement, an open and engaging discussion is anticipated. Professor Palombo has taught criminal justice and sociology disciplines for over 30 years.

On Friday, Feb. 17, there will be an interactive discussion that references particular aspects of the education, poverty, and health care problems facing the U.S. today. Richard Snyder, who has worked in the anti-poverty field for over 30 years, will present a comparative, statistical overview related to U.S. rankings with other countries in terms of education, poverty, and health care. Jo Stern, who has worked primarily with women’s issues, will present “Skewing Higher Education,” with a particular emphasis on the rising educational and professional licensing costs and the related decline of “public-work” practice within the fields of law and dentistry. Susan Deveaux, who has a varied career in education, will present data that reflects on the factors that impact unsuccessful elementary and secondary programs, with some possible alternative solutions noted. Michael Tessler, who has been involved with social justice concerns throughout his professional design career, will present information that relates to health and the Obama healthcare plan.

Abstract Expressionism

By Gabriel Sencial

“Abstract Expressionism” is a vague term which refers to a general movement of largely non-representative painting which flourished in the United States during the 1940s and 1950s. Spearheaded by a generation of American artists— strongly influenced by European expatriates— who had grown up during the Depression and were influenced both by World War Two and its Cold War aftermath, the movement was neither wholly abstract nor expressionist, and encompassed several quite different styles. Even so, the diverse exponents of Abstract Expressionism had several aims in common, not least a desire to redefine the nature of painting and in the process create a new type of art.

Lecture: Abstract Expressionism. Wed, Feb 15, 2:30pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations: 60 pesos

German Expressionist painters initially coined the term “Abstract Expressionism” in Europe to describe works. Only later, in 1946, did the art critic Robert Coates apply it to American art. Harold Rosenberg who, along with Clement Greenberg, was the most influential critic and apologist of the new movement, which became known also as “The New York School,” coined an alternative label, “Action Painting,” in 1952. By 1955, Abstract Expressionism had become almost a new orthodoxy.


The Magnificent Maya: Part I

By Professor Guillermo Méndez

They were the most advanced of all the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica.  The Maya inhabited southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and the western boundaries of Honduras and El Salvador.  They built cities and paved roadways, although they used no wheeled vehicles of any kind.   Their astronomers plotted the movements of the visible planets and stars using a mathematics that included zero, a rare accomplishment in world history.  They were the only people of the New World to develop a complete written language that could express, in writing, anything spoken.  They made books that combined illustrations and glyphs.

Lecture: The Magnificent Maya: Part I . Mon, Feb 13, 3pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 60 pesos

The magnificent Maya are the subject of a lecture that will focus on architecture and art, the Bonampak murals and Maya mathematics.  Retired Professor of Humanities, Guillermo Méndez is the lecturer.


Attorney Barrow speaks on international law

By Jenny Purdue

Laws between countries can be extremely confusing and difficult to interpret and implement—or easier than you might think. In countries like Mexico, Canada, and the United States, varying international accords may allow certain legal documents originating in one country to be binding in another. In fact, in some instances, courts of one country will apply the laws of another in resolving disputes.

Lecture: What You Should Know About International Law. Fri, Feb 17, 3:30-4:30pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Free

But the United States and most of Canada base their law on “English Common Law,” which predates the Magna Carta, and the current Mexico legal system has its roots in European Code systems, predominately Germanic and Napoleanic Code. As Barrow prefers to make his forums conversations rather than lectures, he will also discuss other law topics of interest to the English-speaking expatriate living, or visiting, Mexico.

Other presentations that Barrow will offer over the next several months are “Estate Planning for the Expatriate,” and “International Asset Protection.” Barrow is a U.S. attorney with over 25 years experience in International Law, particularly in the areas of estate planning, assets protection, real property, and commercial law. The presentation is free; however donations to the Biblioteca are appreciated.

David R. Barrow, attorney, can be reached at 154-8975 or


The Silver Fox Dating Guide for Women

By Elaine Ruth

Are you a woman of a superior age? Do you want great sexual love – and on your terms? This free workshop provides tips, visualizations, and journaling exercises for writing yourself into a Silver Fox

– A woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.

Workshop: The Silver Fox Dating Guide for Women. Tue, Feb, 14, 2pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Free

Are you an over-50 woman who has given up on love? Let Silver Fox be your guide to personal power, spiritual growth, and the best sexual love of your life. The dating world can be tough. Yet, thanks to a dating diary, many older women are attracting more men as they age.

Silver Fox, written by a 66-year-old dating veteran, is the only book that provides you with tips, exercises, and the author’s journal excerpts. Reclaim your strength and magnetism by journaling— it’s simply the best tool for learning the foxtrot of love.

“I love this book! It’s edgy, funny, and full of really innovative and useful writing exercises and new ways of looking at the ‘big issues’ of relating and loving at any age.” – Laura Hickey, artist

Elaine Ruth Mitchell is a prize-winning fiction writer, long-time teacher of journaling, workshop leader, and a resilient and successful dater.

Glowing reviews:

“I am fortunate to belong to a group of women over 50 whom Elaine has inspired to explore the bright possibilities in the third trimester of life.”  Bonnie MacLachlan, Classics Professor, University of Western Ontario

“As one of the women lucky enough to be in Elaine’s writing class for the last 20 years, I have come to see life after 50 as a great adventure. Silver Fox is so much fun that it makes me wish I were single again!” – Lola Rasminsky, President, Beyond the Box

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