NIU students conducting summer research in Mexico

Biblioteca Pública del Estado de Jalisco
Biblioteca Pública del Estado de Jalisco

NIU undergraduates Suzanne Serrano, Steven Smith and Ricardo Soto are beginning today a two-week summer research program on indigenous Mexican studies in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Students will conduct their research at the Archivo de la Real Audiencia, the Spanish empire’s Royal Court Archive, now held in Jalisco’s public library. They will study criminal and civil court cases during the 17th and 18th centuries, and will develop research projects on indigenous people before the Royal Court of Appeals in colonial Guadalajara.

Their project, which concludes June 10, is being sponsored by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The students are recipients of grants from the Student Engagement Fund, a collaborative funding source developed by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support undergraduate research.

Kristin Huffine, director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and associate professor of history, is their mentor. Eduardo Álvarez, a graduate assistant for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies who is familiar with the area, is assisting Huffine and the students while in Mexico.

For more information, call (815) 753-1531 or email amnelson@niu.edu.

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