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Mexican Social Movements in Their Own Context

Course Title: Mexican Social Movements in Their Own Context
Faculty: Margaret Cerullo
Course Number: TBD
Location(s): Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico
Dates: May 20-June 10, 2013 UPDATED!
Program Fee (approximate): $2,750 + airfare

Meet the faculty and learn more about the course!
Course specific information session:
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

*Course logistics are still being finalized for 2013. Details are subject to change.*

Program Description
This program is a three-week intensive course in Mexico City and Chiapas, Mexico, designed to study Spanish along with an activist introduction to current Mexican politics and social struggles. The program begins with one week in Mexico City, where students will live with families involved in the Frente Popular Francisco Villa (an urban social movement) while studying Spanish and becoming oriented to Mexico via interaction with their host families, charlas, and visits to museums and other sites.

The program will then move to Chiapas for two weeks, where students will live in a Zapatista autonomous community, Oventik, in the highlands, near San Cristobal. There participants will live as guests of the Zapatistas and in solidarity with their movement. They will have an extraordinary opportunity to encounter Zapatista practices of autonomy and Zapatista political visions while continuing their study of Spanish, or beginning Tsotsil if their Spanish is fluent.

Either Zapatismo or Mexican Social Movements or an equivalent course or a background in Latin American studies; at least a year of college-level Spanish is preferred.

Housing Arrangements
In Mexico City, students will stay with families who are members of the Frente Popular Francisco Villa, in their community, which is very secure. In Chiapas, they will spend Mon-Fri in the Zapatista community of Oventic;  they will spend weekends in San Cristobal in a hotel or hostel or in the house of the Mexico Solidarity Network.

Travel Plans and Requirements
Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from Mexico City where they will be met at the airport and transported to host families. 

Program Itinerary
Sunday, May 19: Arrive Mexico City
May 19-May 26: Mexico City
May 26-June 9: Chiapas
Sunday, June 9: Return flight to Mexico City, depart

Program Cost and Additional Expenses
Hampshire program fee is approximately $2,750. This includes course expenses, accommodations, meals, in-country transportation (included roundtrip flight from Mexico City to Chiapas), as well as excursions and cultural activities for the full 3 weeks of the program.

NOT included in the program fee are the following: airfare from U.S. to Mexico (approximately $700), U.S. transportation to/from the airport, passport fees, and personal expenses.


Application Deadline: Thursday, March 7, 2013

All short-term applications are due to the global education office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline. Applications can be found in the global education office (GEO) or downloaded from this page. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (credited to the program fee) will be due April 1 to the GEO in order to reserve your place in the program.  

Financial Aid
Students who receive need-based financial aid from Hampshire College are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the global education office to offset the program fee. Students are expected to cover all additional expenses, including airfare. Awards vary from year to year and are dependent on the number of applicants and the amount of aid available. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee that aid will be awarded. Please indicate your eligibility and desire to apply on your application form.

Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at or x5542.

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to Margaret Cerullo at



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