[Public Lecture - Tokyo] The Dawn of Mesoamerica: Food Production, Human Agency, and the Origins of Civilization


Thursday, July 20, 2023 - 18:30


Embassy of Mexico in Japan, Tokyo


The Embassy of Mexico in Japan is honored to have two esteemed speakers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Drs. Andrés G. Mejía Ramón and Tom Froese, who will talk about their work on the origins of civilization in Mesoamerica.


Join us as Drs. Andrés Mejía and Tom Froese talk about their work on the origins of civilization in Mesoamerica. Their presentation will discuss recent work spanning from Central Mexico all the way to Panama, showing how people adapt to changing cultures 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. 


The Embassy would like to remind you about the ongoing exhibition "Ancient Mexico: Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacán" at the Tokyo National Museum. This exhibition will be open until September 3rd, and it showcases the rich cultural heritage of ancient Mexico. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the fascinating worlds of the Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacán civilizations.


【Venue】 Embassy of Mexico in Japan (2-15-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) 

【Language】 English (Spanish and Japanese allowed during the Q&A session)

【Coorganizer】The Embassy of Mexico in Japan / Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University 


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OIST Members are welcome to the preview lecture on Tuesday, July 18 in Seminar Room C209.


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