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The Latin American Experience: Cultural Diversity and Intangible Heritage in Peru May 6 – May 19, 2018


The OVPDEMA Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program thanks all the dedicated administrators, faculty, staff, students, and individuals who helped to make this program a success. Special thanks to: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Office of Overseas Study Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) John Nieto-Phillips, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost Associate Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Lauren Robel, Provost and Executive Vice President, Indiana University Bloomington Kathleen Sideli, Associate Vice President, Office of Overseas Study James Wimbush, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs Dean, the University Graduate School Anke Birkenmaier, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Rodrigo Chocano, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Folkflore and Ethnomusicology Serafín Coronel-Molina, Associate Professor, Department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education, IU School of Education Shane Greene, Professor, Department of Anthropology Jason Jackson, Professor, Department of Folkflore and Ethnomusicology Director, Mathers Museum of World Cultures Javier León, Director, Latin American Music Center, Jacob School of Music Emma McDonell, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Anthropology Claudia (Nina) Reyes, Resident Coordinator, CIEE Peru Programs Marion Tizon, Director, CIEE Peru Programs Claire Wright, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Department of Anthropology Trip Leaders: Javier León – lead faculty Rodrigo Chocano Claire Wright Ochmaa D. Escue Director, Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program Office of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs


Fifteen students from the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, Groups Scholars Program, and 21st Century Scholars Program travelled to Peru from May 6 through May 19, 2018, for the Cultural Diversity and Intagible Heritage in Peru course. During the trip, students traveled to Lima, Villa El Salvador, El Carmen, Chincha Alta, Laraos, Vilca, and Huancaya, exploring the multifaceted dimensions of race and heritage in the day-to-day lives of different Peruvian minority communities visiting a number of local heritage-based initiatives linked to these communities. These included Afro-Peruvian musicians and storytellers, Andean ritual dancers, Amazonian weavers, culinary experts, traditional farmers, street artists, among others. The course was organized around the idea of intangible cultural heritage and the various ways in which heritage-based grassroots initiatives can be used by historically marginalized communities in Peru to bring attention to their needs and to improve their economic prospects. This overarching theme was also used as lens through which to introduce students to the history of cultural diversity, identity and race politics in Peru. The trip included visits to historical and cultural sites, and academic institutions.


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Study Abroad Program to Peru (IU OVPDEMA)  

2018 Study Abroad Program to Peru. The Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity,...

Study Abroad Program to Peru (IU OVPDEMA)  

2018 Study Abroad Program to Peru. The Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity,...

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