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i3 Announces 2019–20 Lecture Series

Science journalist Erik Vance

By Rob Lerner Now entering its third season, i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire, has grown into a San Miguel de Allende institution, adding to the rich cultural life that has become a hallmark of our town. i3 brings thought leaders from diverse disciplines to San Miguel for fact-based, future-focused “Conversations with Big Thinkers.” Topics [...]

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Center San Miguel Opens with Consciousness-Raising Event on the Death Positive Movement

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By Wilka Roig The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation (EKRF), a nonprofit organization inspired by the work of psychiatrist, humanitarian, and hospice pioneer Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, is opening in San Miguel on August 28 with a gala that will involve public discussions on death and dying, explanations of the death positive movement, and education about Otomi beliefs [...]

Jewish Cultural Center Brings Dead Sea Scrolls Curator to Speak St Paul’s Church

By Carole Stone Dr Adolfo Roitman is the author of numerous books about the Dead Sea Scrolls, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls. He is one of the foremost experts on the history and significance of the Dead Sea [...]

Former Vermont Congressman Ben Ptashnik to Discuss Election Integrity


By Hope Bradberry Former Vermont state senator Ben Ptashnik, a trailblazer in the United States’s movements for campaign-finance reform and LGBTQ civil rights, will be in town to talk about his latest important project—ensuring the integrity of the upcoming 2020 elections. The San Miguel Chapter of Democrats Abroad is sponsoring Ptashnik’s talk on August 12 [...]

Speaker to Investigate the Implications of AMLO’s “Fourth Transformation”


By Cliff DuRand México is in the midst of great changes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, AMLO for short, has pledged to end the corruption that has been endemic in the country and raise the poor. These are just a couple of the more difficult aspects of what he calls The Fourth Transformation. With an [...]

Talk Roots México’s Obesity and Malnutrition Problems in Government Policy Changes


By Liz Mestres What could be more central to our lives than access to sufficient and healthy food? How can we achieve food security? Food sovereignty? Food justice? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), one in seven people on the planet goes to bed hungry every day, and more [...]

Lecture Discusses Perú’s Hybrid History


By John Leupold Perú, which has been described as the “molten core” of South America, is a fascinating mix of Inca and Spanish culture. In colonial days, the Viceroyalty of Perú encompassed most of Spanish-ruled South America. The wealth that Spain derived from it was monumental, and centuries of exploitation eventually led to independence and [...]

Lecture Discusses Ethiopia’s Intermingling of Old and New

By John Leupold Situated in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is an intriguing mix of ancient and modern and the only African country never to be colonized. Some of Africa’s highest mountains are in Ethiopia, as are one of the lowest places, 400 feet below sea level. There are also arid deserts, lush forest, surging [...]

Lecture Explains Bhutan’s Thoughtful Entry into the Modern World


By John Leupold The little-known Kingdom of Bhutan, located between India and Tibet in the Himalayan Mountains, is sometimes referred to as the last Shangri-la. One of the world’s few countries never to be conquered or colonized, Bhutan existed in self-imposed isolation without electricity, running water, automobiles, schools, hospitals, or currency until 1960, when China [...]

What’s in Our Water?

Our Water

Caminos de Agua Lecture to Include Q&A Session on San Miguel’s Water Quality By Melissa Landman Water quality, specifically excessive arsenic and fluoride contamination, is an increasingly concerning problem in San Miguel and the surrounding watershed region. Differing opinions and takes on the water situation in the region abound, and so Caminos de Agua is [...]

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