What is Casa Herrera?

Casa Herrera is a 17th century colonial property located in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala. As an extension of The Mesoamerica Center, the Casa’s programs facilitate the study and appreciation of Pre-Columbian art and archaeology and the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica.

Learn more about Casa Herrera and its programs

Casa Herrera

 

Welcome

The Casa Herrera is a new research, conference and teaching facility located in the heart of Antigua, Guatemala, operated by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with the Fundación Pantaleón. As an extension of the university’s Mesoamerica Center, the Casa Herrera focuses on the varied and inter-related disciplines that contribute to the study of Pre-Columbian art, archaeology, history and culture. Its larger mission is to create new opportunities for education and research, facilitating learning and dialogue in many fields of study, among scholars and students from many institutions and nations in Central America and beyond.

Highlighted News and Events

Study Abroad: Spring Semester in Guatemala and Belize

 


San Pedro las Huertas

This spring, The Mesoamerica Center brought students to Casa Herrera for their study abroad semester for the third year. This satellite campus provides a teaching and research center in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala.

The study abroad program is open to all majors and focuses on ancient and contemporary culture in Guatemala and Belize, giving students a fully immersive and interactive experience at ancient Maya sites, national and local museums, archaeological laboratories, and contemporary Maya villages.

The Mesoamerica Center faculty lead for the program, Dr. Astrid Runggaldier, teaches courses in Antigua and oversees the curriculum, field trips, invited speakers, and special projects.

 

Director's Letter Summer 2014


 

Dear Friends,

I hope you will take a little time to read about some of the many exciting developments in Mesoamerican research now happening at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Among many other activities, The Mesoamerica Center, housed in the Department of Art and Art History, oversees the planning and operation of two major undertakings: The Maya Meetings and Casa Herrera.

The annual Maya Meetings, now in its 37th year, brings scholars, students, and all types of interested people together to share the latest discoveries in Maya art, archaeology, and decipherment (back in 1978 it was called the “Maya Hieroglyphic Writing Workshop” –see From the Archives). It remains one of the preeminent conferences in Maya studies, and our next meeting will take place in January, here in Austin. We will focus on the theme of sacrifice and ritual and keep you updated on The 2015 Maya Meetings website.


Casa Herrera, our beautiful research and learning center in Antigua, Guatemala, is home to a number of academic programs, seminars, lectures and residential scholars. Casa Herrera will continue to play a key role in forging communication and dialogue between the researchers in Central America and Texas, especially in these times when in-person connections and understanding are so vitally important.

Summer Study Abroad 2014


Summer Study Abroad 2014

Casa Herrera greeted 19 undergraduates from various disciplines across The University of Texas at Austin campus to participate in a 6-week program called Culture, Education, and Diversity. During this program, students received classes at Casa Herrera led by Dr. Noah De Lissovoy from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education at UT Austin.

Casa Herrera Residents


Dr. Lucía Henderson

What a full summer has been at Casa Herrera! The center welcomed a number of residents specializing in Maya linguistics and archaeology.