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This wiki exists:

(1) to provide a forum for information about UNM Conexiones/Nicaragua, a spinoff from the legendary program of Spanish language and Mexican Culture Study sponsored by the University Honors Program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico

(2) to provide a communications forum for everyone associated with Conexiones/Nicaragua . Members of the wiki can use the wiki messaging to communicate with anyone, several people, or everyone in the group.

(3) to provide information and discourse to augment that available on the "official" Conexiones/Nicaragua/2012 website that the University Honors Program maintains.


The University of New Mexico, through the University Honors Program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, present Conexiones--an intensive program of culture and language study at UNM and the field site, Granada, Nicaragua. Conexiones offers students up to ten semester hours of credit and features a three-day orientation session at UNM, a four-week field experience, and three days of closing seminars at UNM upon return.

About the Program:

The directors of CONEXIONES/NICARAGUA 2012 have extensive experience teaching on Latin American topics and leading summer international programs.
  • Dr. Michael Thomas, is a cultural anthropologist and professor in the University Honors Program (UHP). Dr. Thomas, Director of Conexiones/Nicaragua 2010 and 2012 has directed and co-directed Conexiones/Mexico during numerous summer programs since 1985.
  • Dr.Anton Daughters is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell College in Iowa. He has carried out participant observation fieldwork in rural southern Chile and documentary history research on the Hopi and O'odham. Having grown up in the U.S. and Chile he holds dual citizenship. You can see photos of his fieldwork and anthropology course in Chile on the Conexiones Wiki page under his name.

The CONEXIONES/NICARAGUA staff will be rounded out with faculty and instructors from the UNM department of Spainish and Portuguese. The CONEXIONES NICARAGUA 2012 staff will bring their talents and experience to a unique and dynamic program.

The key to the dynamism and reputation of the CONEXIONES approach is integration.
  • CONEXIONES fuses language study with cultural exploration.
  • A unique feature of CONEXIONES is culture shock training that helps students to understand culture shock as a positive (if sometimes uncomfortable) experience.
  • The program is open to all applicants. Prior participation in the University Honors Program is not required.

Note: As In 2010, Conexiones/Nicaragua 2012 students will have a unique opportunity. Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, professor of Spanish, and Miguel Gandart, photographer and professor of journalism, are conducting a brief research project focusing on a Nicaraguan village fiesta (the fiesta of San Juan, June 24, 2012). Conexiones students will be able to participate in this project. Student participants will therefore have occasion, rare for undergraduates, to learn and apply the skills of field ethnographic/folkloric research, photographic documentation, and field audio recording.

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