Sharing Chocolate and Community Bonding

Date(s) - Thursday, October 2, 2014
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Admissions: Free
Presented by: 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
Poster Image for Sharing Chocolate and Community Bonding

Join us for an interactive discussion with Santiago Juarez, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UIC, about the history of chocolate in Maya communities—both past and present. He will share how two common themes consistently emerge in his study: community and heritage. This talk will examine how cultural traditions and community identity were invoked during a number of different rituals, especially during the consumption of chocolate.

Santiago Juarez is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UIC. His research focuses on ancient Maya civilizations with a particular focus on the rise of cities and civilizations. His theoretical interests include analyses of landscapes, ethnicity, and community in the ancient past.

Poster: Sharing Chocolate and Community Bonding [PDF]

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least one week before the event.

Contact Info

Name: Mario Lucero
Phone: 312-996-3095


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)

UIC Latino Cultural Center

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