On October 17, 2002 archaeologist David Stuart
spoke about a plan to dam the Usumacinta, Mexico's largest river. Among the many
consequences of such a dam would be the inundation and destruction of numerous
ancient Mayan sites in southern Mexico.
On November 16, documentary-film-maker Alexandra Halkin presented several films
produced by the Chiapas Media Project.
On March 5, 2003, cellist & conductor Carlos Prieto (MIT '58)
spoke about his life in the arts, then played selections from Bach and Kodaly.
On January 9, 2004, we screened
Los Ultimos Zapatistas,
a documentary by Prof. Francesco Taboada Tabone, about the last remaining survivors of the
On January 16, 2004, we screened two films about the
experience of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Sixth Section, by Alex Rivera,
tells the story of a "hometown association" in Newburgh, New York; and Dream Deferred,
by Jenny Alexander and the high-schoolers of the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, explains
why children of undocumented immigrants often find it difficult to apply to college.