Travel Mexico and Learn Its Culinary History

March 10, 2014

The LAII is excited to announce new international educational programs for community members. These programs do not provide academic credit; rather, they serve as immersive experiences that allow members of the community to explore and learn about Latin America and Iberia through tailored itineraries. In June, 2014, we will explore "Mexican Cuisine & Culture: Pre-Hispanic to Modern Times."

Through a partnership with UNM Continuing Educationand the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, the LAII is offering this unique opportunity to explore Mexico's culinary history. This 7-day trip (June 15-22, 2014) will explore the food landscape of Mexico, focusing on its incredible variety, complexity, and historical richness. Join us on this journey to learn about Mexican cuisine. Learn about the history and culture of Mexican foods from the Pre-Hispanic period to today as we study at La Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, a university housed in an old convent in the historic center of Mexico City. Faculty from the nationally acclaimed gastronomy program will provide lectures and hands-on culinary instruction each morning. Afternoons will be spent not only dining at restaurants that feature exemplary food and dishes that represent the various historical periods discussed in class, but also touring local museums, food markets, and nearby archaeological sites. We'll stay at the Hampton Inn Centro Histórico, located in a former 18th century monastery that is registered with UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

For more information, download the Mexican Cuisine and Culture flyer and information sheet. For questions or comments, please contact either (I) Marie McGhee, Senior Program Manager, at or (505) 277-6320 or (II) Amanda Wolfe, Associate Director for Programs, at or (505) 277-7044.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in UNM Continuing Education, South Building, Room 106. Please see the event flyer and registration form for reference.