August 7, 2007

Anthropology Professor Ron Wetherington (holding ball of string) works with students in the field for the course on archaeology.

Because of its popularity, the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute has added a second weekend of short informal courses for adults July 19-22. The new classes will be led by SMU professors and other experts on topics such as the geology of Northern New Mexico, the literature of D.H. Lawrence, Latino politics of the Southwest, petroglyphs as historic images, as well as fine art photography and wines of New Mexico.

A few classes remain available for the weekend of July 12-15, including a pottery course taught by Felipe Ortega, recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a living master, in which students will build their own pots at his studio.

Classes will be held at various places around Taos and at Fort Burgwin, site of an Anasazi pueblo dig and pre-Civil War fort and home of the SMU-in-Taos academic program. For descriptions of course offerings, visit For more information and to receive Institute color brochures, e-mail Jana Rentzel at or phone 214-768-8267.