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Renowned Mexican Anthropologist Charles Goff Part of Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Charlies GoffRenowned Mexican Anthropologist Charles Goff will be the featured presenter at three events during West Kentucky Community amp; Technical Colleges 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration September 30- October 1.

Goff is a well-known Mesoamerican anthropologist. He is the founding director of the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The school is rated as one of the leading Spanish language schools in Mexico, offering courses in language instruction, Latin American studies and extensive field study excursions to sites of archeological and historical interest.

Goffs presentations will give unique insight into the history and culture of Mexico and the issues facing the country today. Faculty members Carolyn Perry and Pat Blaine met Goff during a WKCTC course entitled The Culture of Mexico offered this past spring in Cuernavaca. His lively and engaging talks led them to invite Goff to be the featured speaker of the colleges 2009 Hispanic Heritage Celebration and to promote the upcoming WKCTC study abroad program in Mexico planned for March 2010.

The schedule of events is:

September 30
6:30 pm - Story Telling Under the Stars, WKCTC Amphitheatre (Crounse Hall, Room 101 if it rains).

October 1
10 am - Mesoamerica: Spanning the Americas, WKCTC Crounse Hall, Room 101

2 p.m. Contemporary Mexico: Are We Building Walls or Bridges? Crounse Hall, Room 101. A reception featuring authentic Hispanic food will follow this event.

The public is welcomed to attend. There is no admission charge.

Goff was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where his parents, James and Margaret Goff, were well-known educators and journalists in Latin America. He gained a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from California State University, specializing in Mayan Culture.

The Cemanahuac Education Community opened in 1974 with an enrollment of 200 students, and now has almost 2,500 students studying Spanish each year, representing many disciplines, countries, and professions. Over 90 of the top colleges and universities in the United States accept direct academic credit transfer, and many have regularly scheduled academic programs of language study with Cemanahuac.

For more information about the celebration, contact Carolyn Perry at 534-3205 or Pat Blaine at 534-3207.