Chocolate in Mesoamerican Art and Culture

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Date(s) - Thu. Sep 18, 2014
11:00am - 12:30pm

Latino Cultural Center B2

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Admissions: Free
Presented by: The UIC Latino Cultural Center in partnership with the Department of Anthropology and the National Museum of Mexican Art

Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals

Join us for an interactive presentation with anthropologist Joel Palka and art historianVirginia Miller as they explore the origins of cacao through ancient Maya hieroglyphs and art. This presentation will highlight the beginnings of chocolate and its significance and historical influence in Mesoamerican cultures.

Joel Palka is an Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology at UIC. His research and teaching interests include the archaeology and history of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, Classic Maya culture and hieroglyphic writing and art. He is also editor of the publication Mesoamerican Voices.

Virginia E. Miller is an Associate Professor of the School of Art and Art History at UIC. Her research covers a range of topics in Maya art, particularly in Yucatán, and she is currently exploring 20th-century Maya revival architecture and monuments.

Alternate Date:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00am to 12:30pm
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Poster: Chocolate in Mesoamerican Art and Culture [PDF]

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least three days before the event.


Name: Mario Lucero
Phone: 312-996-3095


The UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), Great Cities Institute (GCI), Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS), Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES), Office of Public and Government Affairs, and student organizations Heritage Garden Student Group, Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), and Union of Puerto Rican Students (UPRS).