Academy of Lifelong Learning

AZTECS & INCAS: THEIR CULTURES & THE SPANISH CONQUEST

AZTECS & INCAS: THEIR CULTURES & THE SPANISH CONQUEST

Humanities

 

George Shivers & Jeanette Sherbondy

 

Tuesdays, September 5 – October 10 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Lecture/Discussion 

 

The course will be divided into two three-week units, the first focusing on the Aztecs and the second on the Incas. Each unit will be structured with approximately the same format: Session 1 will deal with the beginnings of the culture, including founding mythologies. Session 2 will deal with social, political and religious organization. In Session 3 we will discuss the collapse of the classic cultures with the Spanish conquest. 

 

GEORGE SHIVERS received his PhD in Spanish from the University of Maryland. He taught Spanish language and Latin American literature at Washington College for 38 years. His published scholarship has been primarily on 20th century Latin American authors. Courses taught during his career included Mexico and the Aztec culture as a focus. 

 

JEANETTE SHERBONDY received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Illinois with a dissertation on Inca irrigation systems. She taught at Indiana University and the University of Iowa before coming to Washington College, where she taught for 20 years, retiring in 2007. She has published on the relationship between Inca irrigation systems and their social and political structure and their mythology.