Taos Cultural Institute offers Summer 2009 slate

Taos image Now in its 5th year, the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute provides an opportunity for parents, alumni and friends of SMU to learn about the Southwest – its colorful history, diverse cultures, rich art and literature, and ancient archaeological sites. The 2009 Cultural Institute is set for July 23-26.

Cultural Institute courses are taught by distinguished SMU faculty and local experts against the backdrop of northern New Mexico. Offerings this summer include courses on Southwest cooking and wine, the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Taos history and politics, the Los Alamos nuclear project, northern New Mexico’s geological history, digital photography and outdoor sports.

The registration fee of $700 per course covers tuition, designated meals and field trip fees. Class size is limited to allow for in-depth discussion and individual attention. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the student.

Learn more at smu.edu/culturalinstitute or call 214-768-8267. (Left, a Taos image by Mandy Dake, a student in the Cultural Institute’s popular Digital Photography course.)