Friday, January 27, 2012

The College of Extended Studies and International Programs at Cal State L.A.,
 and the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology, cordially invite you to a lecture by

Dr. John Sullivan
Professor of Nahua Language and Culture
Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas

Title of Lecture: 

"The IDIEZ Project for Nahuatl Language Revitalization"

Dr. Sullivan will also discuss the 2012 IDIEZ Summer Nahuatl Institute
at Cal State L.A.


Dr. José Galván, Dean
College of Extended Studies and International Programs
Cal State L.A.

Salazar Hall E-184
Monday, February 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
California State University, Los Angeles

This Lecture is Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by Cal State L.A.'s College of Extended Studies and International Programs, the Gigi Gaucher-Morales Memorial Conference Series, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, the Departments of Anthropology, Art, Chicano Studies, English, Modern Languages
and Literatures, and the Zacatecas Institute
for Teaching and Research in Ethnology.

Cal State L.A. Map Website:
Please note that parking is enforced 24 hours everyday

2012 IDIEZ Summer Nahuatl Institute
at Cal State L.A.

            The Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ), Macehualli Educational Research (MER), la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAZ), and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), are partnering to offer the opportunity to study Classical and Modern Nahuatl at the beginning and intermediate-advanced levels in a summer intensive course.

Where: California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).

When: July 2 to August 10, 2012.

Instructors: John Sullivan, Victoriano de la Cruz Cruz, Delfina de la Cruz de la Cruz, Sabina Cruz de la Cruz, Ofelia Cruz Morales, Catalina Cruz de la Cruz, Eduardo de la Cruz Cruz, Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz, Ana Delia Cruz de la Cruz.

Objectives: The course seeks to: 1. develop students' oral comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and knowledge of language structure, as well as their cultural wisdom and sensibility, in order to facilitate their ability to communicate effectively, correctly and creatively in everyday situations; 2. provide students with instruments and experiences that demonstrate the continuity between past and present Nahua culture, through the study of colonial and modern texts, and conversation with native speakers; 3. penetrate into the historical, economic, political, social and cultural aspects of Nahua civilization; and 4. prepare students to take university level humanities courses taught in Nahuatl alongside native speakers.

Activities and schedule: All students will have class approximately five hours per day, Monday through Friday for a minimum total of 145 contact hours: two hours and fifteen minutes of Modern Nahuatl immersion and introductory grammar with native speaking instructors; two hours of Classical Nahuatl taught by John Sullivan; and an additional three hours of individual work per week on a research project of the student’s choice with a native speaking tutor. Intermediate-advanced students will study specific topics drawn from Older and Modern sources, using Nahuatl as the sole language of class discussion, and continue to work with individual tutors. Optional extracurricular activities include traditional dance, song, and embroidery, as well as public presentations given by students on their research projects.

Materials: All students must have personal copies of the following texts: 1. Karttunen, Frances. 1992. An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. $31.77 @; 2. Lockhart, James. 2001. Nahuatl as Written. Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts. Stanford: Stanford University Press. $22.10 @; 3. Molina, Alonso de. 1977(1555-1571). Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana. Colección “Biblioteca Porrúa” 44. México: Porrúa. Contact John Sullivan at regarding the purchase of this book; 4. Two weeks before class begins students will be sent, free of charge, electronic copies of the exercise manuals, grammar charts, vocabulary lists and manuscripts which will be studied.

Credit: The Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas will register students, issue grades and grant 145 hours of course credit.

Tuition: $5,000.

Financial aide: IDIEZ will make every effort to ensure that financial constraints are not an obstacle to participation in the program. If you are in need of financial assistance for the Summer Nahuatl Institute, please contact John Sullivan at Financial aid may also be available in the form of FLAS fellowships through your own institution or another Title VI funded National Resource Center for Latin American Studies.

Room and Board:Information regarding on-campus room and board options at CSULA will be available beginning in February. Students who choose not to stay on campus may make their own arrangements for off-campus housing.

Contact: This course description is available at  Please direct all questions to John Sullivan at  +52 1 492 103-0195 or +52 492 768-6048.

Macehualli Educational Research (MER) and the Instituto de docencia e investigación etnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ) are non-profit organizations from the United States and Mexico, respectively, that work together to promote the revitalization of indigenous language and culture.

We grant scholarships to indigenous university students in the Mexican city of Zacatecas, providing them with a monolingual space to teach and do research in older and modern aspects of their language and culture, and a multicultural space where they can dialogue with non-indigenous academics, as well as plan and implement projects designed to extend the practice of their way of life to all spheres of society.

We hope that our academic model will be reproduced and developed in schools throughout the hemisphere, transforming them into the fundamental institution for promoting cultural heterogeneity and interculturality as the stabilizing and integrating foundations of American societies.

Our principles for revitalizing indigenous languages and cultures
   1. Revitalization efforts need to focus on both urban and rural populations.
  2. Schools and non-profit organizations, rather than the government, should plan and implement revitalization programs.
     3.  Native-speakers should participate in revitalization programs as teachers and researchers, and not as informants.
     4. The goal of revitalization is not to preserve language and culture, but to promote its practice and development.
      5. Being multilingual means to be monolingual in varios languages; therefore, monolingual methods, activities and materials should be given priority in revitalization projects.
        6. The relationship between ancient and modern indigenous civilizations is characterized by continuity and not by rupture; therefore, all revitalizations projects should make cultural heritage sources available to indigenous people.
          7. Revitalization will be successful only if indigenous communities, non-profit organizations and educational institutions from different regions and countries work together.

California State University, Los Angeles

Minor in Mesoamerican Studies

Department of Chicano Studies


The Minor in Mesoamerican Studies offers students a cross- and
interdisciplinary curriculum on the cultures frequently associated
with the Mexica (Aztecs) and Mayas, but inclusive of other ancient
peoples who populated metropolitan and ceremonial centers such
as Teotihuacan and Tula, among others. The fields of study include
art history, cave archaeology, colonial ethnography, and myth
narratives read as examples of Mesoamerican literature, such as
the poetry of Ancient Mexico (e.g., Texcoco), and Maya texts, 
represented by the Popol Vuh and the Rabinal Achí.  A total
of 24 units in required and elective courses comprise the Minor
in Mesoamerican Studies.  For more information, call
Prof. Roberto Cantú at (323) 343-2195.
Requirements for the Minor in Mesoamerican Studies (24 units)
Upper Division Required Courses (8 Units) 

CORE COURSE (4 units)
CHS 320              Mesoamerican Civilization (4 units)

SELECT ONE (4 units)

ANTH 428           
Civilizations of Western Mesoamerica (4) or
ART 447H
The Art of Mesoamerica and the Southwest (4) or
CHS 400
Pre-Columbian Literature of Mexico (4)

Upper Division Electives (16 units)
Students must select one course from each of the four disciplines:

ANTH 428
Civilizations of Western Mesoamerica (4)
ANTH 429
Maya Civilization (4)
Cave Archeology (4)

ART 447H
The Art of Mesoamerica and the Southwest (4)
ART 450H
Art of Colonial Mexico and Guatemala (4)
ART 453
Aztec Art and Culture (4)

Chicano Studies
CHS/ML 312
Mediterranean and Pre-Colombian Myths
in Latin American Literature (4)
CHS 400
Pre-Colombian Literature of Mexico (4)
CHS 490
(When topic is Mesoamerican Studies) (4)

HIST 450
(When topic is Mesoamerican Studies) (4)
HIST 461
Latin America: Colonial Period (4)
Colonial Period (4)
HIST 469
Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, 1325-1910 (4)