Talk to focus on representation of 'Maya mystique' in Guatemalan tourism

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Lucy Harbor, 2017 M.G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award winner, will present a seminar titled “Marketing the Maya Mystique in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala” from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) at University Park and on MediaSite. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge.

Harbor’s seminar presents findings from ethnographic research funded by the Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award. The fieldwork on which this presentation is based was conducted between May and August 2017 in the Tz’utujil community of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. An introduction will be made by Carter Hunt, assistant professor of recreation, park, and tourism management, and anthropology at Penn State.

Lucy Harbor is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, where she is pursuing a dual-title doctoral degree through the transdisciplinary Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environment program. Her current line of research focuses on socio-ecological impacts and institutional arrangements resulting from the creation and management of parks, protected areas, and the tourism around them. Lucy holds a bachelor’s degree in event planning from Indiana University and worked as a conference planner for a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization in the sustainable energy field before beginning her graduate studies at Penn State.

For questions about this program or physical access provided, contact Mark Mattson at or 814-863-2480 in advance of the seminar.

Last Updated February 01, 2018