[Public Lecture - Okinawa] The Dawn of Mesoamerica: Food Production, Human Agency, and the Origins of Civilization
Join us as Dr. Andrés Mejía gives a preview of his presentation at the Embassy of Mexico in Tokyo, where he discusses his recent work on the origins of civilization in Mesoamerica. The presentation will span a period of over 6000 years, ranging from Central Mexico all the way to Panama. New research shows how people adapt to changing cultures and environments, and come together under shared ideologies. While popular imagination often thinks of strong, powerful rulers who coerced to meet their ends, the truth is that people had significant agency and ability to tend to their own needs as they saw fit.