Puebla—a city that preserves a strong colonial flavor—is located 50 miles southeast of Mexico City at an elevation of 7,100 feet, in a broad valley bordered by the Sierra Nevada and its legendary volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, and by the Sierra Madre Oriental and its snowcapped volcano, La Malinche. Over 500 secular buildings and 70 churches, many in the Baroque style and located in the city’s center, have been beautifully restored to their seventeenth- and eighteenth- century glory. In 1987 this area of Puebla was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Baroque style, adapted to the local folk culture, flourishes in nearby villages, where churches reflect the syncretic forms that resulted from the confluence of indigenous and European cultures. In addition to our time visiting Puebla’s beautiful buildings, eating its delicious food, and enjoying our excellent accommodations, we will visit several of these outlying villages and the neighboring cities of Cholula and Tlaxcala. We will be accompanied on the tour by Lois Zamora and Michael Schuessler, scholars of the region and its culture.
Lois Zamora is professor of comparative literature in the departments of English, Spanish, and art at the University of Houston.
Michael K. Schuessler is professor of Latin American studies at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City.
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Welcome to Spring 2018!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.
An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.
Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056
PLEASE NOTE: COMIDA EN LA CUIDAD IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED.
Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004
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