Category archives for: Lectures

Land Without People for People Without Land


By David Stea This week’s Occupy presentation focuses on several aspects of the lives of indigenous (“native”) peoples, of whom there are 50-­60 million in the Western Hemisphere; 90 percent in Latin America. They constitute 13 percent of the entire Latin American population and approximately 40 percent of the rural peoples. Estimates of Mexico’s indigenous [...]

The Power of Hair: Symbols and Metamorphoses

Marie Antoinette Caricature hair do

By Béa Aaronson No other part of the body seems to hold such a variety of symbolic power as the hair. It is both part of our body and therefore part of our individual identity, and yet, it is changeable, removable. Hair can be altered according to taste and fashion, social religious customs, and political [...]

San Miguel Archive Project Brings the Past to Life

Instituto Allende

By Donna Fullerton On December 8 at La Biblioteca’s Teatro Santa Ana, the San Miguel Archive Project will delve into the history of Instituto Allende with panelists Jaime Fernandez and Barbara Dobarganes, as well as teachers and students from the Instituto’s early days. Lecture “Those Were the Days” By the San Miguel Archive Project Tue, [...]

The Art of the Nativity

LECT NATIVIDAD Botticellim Mystic Nativity

By Kahren Jones Arbitman Beginning in the fifth century with a simple image of the swaddled Christ child attended by ox and ass, the art of the Nativity evolved over the centuries to include some rather extraordinary interpretations of exactly what happened on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem. This second lecture on the “Art of the [...]

The Art of the Nativity, Part One


By Kahren Jones Arbitman To the regret of many, the tradition of sending Christmas cards has mostly faded away or been replaced with photos of uncomfortable children overdressed for the holidays. Together with their annual greeting, these cards often contained images of how artists throughout the centuries envisioned the events surrounding Christ’s birth. In fact, [...]

Marc Chagall: The Poet Painter

LECT BEA Rooster and Wedding 1939

By Béa Aaronson and Daniel Lessner “Will god give me the powers to breathe My sigh into my canvases The sigh of prayer and sadness The prayer of salvation and rebirth” I had to begin this cultural series at the JC3 with an artist whose message is one of love, hope, and kindness: Marc Chagall! [...]

Canon White Returns for Annual Lecture Series


By The Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg St. Paul’s Anglican Church is immensely pleased to invite the San Miguel de Allende community to this year’s series given by the Rev. Canon John A. White OCV. Canon White returns to present another stimulating and thoughtful series of lectures followed by open conversation. His topic is timely [...]

The Creative Process

By Viridiana Gutiérrez Tejeda How can we explain that moment when, as if by miracle, the form, the way, the path, and the result are revealed to us. It is an indefinable moment in that it is variable and at the same time is experienced in a different way by each individual. Lecture “An Approach [...]

Courage and Intimacy: The Wisdom of Our Great-Grandmothers

By Frank Simons Susan Moon, a Buddhist writer from California, will lead a retreat at the Meditation Center of San Miguel, Callejon Blanco 4, on Saturday morning, October 3, 9am-1pm. This half-day retreat is based on the stories in the ground-breaking new book, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by [...]

Healing Power of Broth, the Traditional Cure for Arthritis


By Jorge Catalán and Victoria Schneider A South American proverb claims, “Good broth will resurrect the dead.” While that’s clearly an exaggeration, chicken soup has enjoyed a reputation as “Jewish penicillin,” and bone broths are served to convalescents all over the world. In this presentation, Dr. Kaayla Daniel will review the science that supports consuming [...]

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