Guests at a November 2015 event at MEL. (Photo: Robert Adams)

The Merida English Library Lecture Series will cover diverse topics as it progresses through winter and into spring….

For the past seven years, MEL has sponsored a lecture series from mid-October to mid-April.  It includes a wide range of speakers and subjects.  There are always a couple of talks about some aspect of the history of Mexico or the Yucatan or the city of Merida.

And they usually have a lecture or two about the Maya – their architecture, spiritual beliefs or customs.  Sometimes an archaeologist will discuss something exciting about a newly discovered ruin or offer a new look at a well-known site.  Mixed in among these “academic” topics might be talks about backyard composting in the city, or the state of solar power technology, or recent changes in Mexico’s immigration laws, or how to become a “birder.”

Most of the programs are free; for some lectures, there is a nominal suggested donation.

Wednesdays,  7 pm to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted)

2017-2018 Lectures


4 – Christopher Collins – Concertmaster of the Yucatan Symphony Orquestra

11, 18th, and 25th – Raul Alcocer Mendoza – 3 Part Series about Maya Culture and History – These presentations begin at 7:30 pm

  • 11th – The Life of Tatiana Proskouriakoff
  • 18th – Maya Celebration of the Solar New Year
  • 25th – The World According to the Ancient Maya



8–Marinna Aguirre – Romulo Rozo and Merida: His story, glory, and legacy

15-Luis Barrueta – Water Systems in Merida

22-Juan Carlos Lomonaco – Yucatan Symphony Orchestra

29-George Ann Huck – Women of the Yucatan

Guests at a November 2015 event at MEL. (Photo: Robert Adams)


6–Luz Maria Viera Castro – Education in the Yucatan (exact topic TBD)

13-Alberto Acero – Young Artists in the Yucatan

20-Pamela Villanueva – Education in the Yucatan (exact topic TBD)



10-George Ashley Mexican History (Exact topic TBD)


24-Lucinda Young and Shirley Higsen –  Guatemala (Exact topic TBD)

31-Paulo Afonso – Coastal Ecology in the Yucatan



7–Bob Temple – The Independent Republic of Yucatan

14-Jorge Rosado (topic TBD)

21-Reginald McGhee – Felipe Carillo Puerto

28-Mari Carmen Perez – The Roots of Yucatecan Music







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