UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Not Offered in 2018


New Mexico—Land of Enchantment

New Mexico

Arrive Date: June 19, 2017    End Date: July 17, 2017

Program Overview

New Mexico is known for its majestic skies and breathtaking landscapes, its distinctive food and adobe architecture, and its mix of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures. The state contains stunning national landmarks, including the Acoma and Taos Pueblos, Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands. It has been home to popular icons such as Billy the Kid and Georgia O’Keefe. It has also been the site of bloody settler colonialism, the first nuclear bomb test, environmental disasters, labor struggles, hidden poverty, drug violence (Breaking Bad) and corrupt politics. This program will explore both the popular highlights and the complex realities of this beautiful, haunting, diverse corner of the American landscape.

InstructorSasha Abramsky

Taught in: English

Max Enrollment: 30

Program CoordinatorPaula Levitt

Info Session Presentation


American Studies (AMS) 151American Landscapes and Places (4 units)

American Studies (AMS) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Study New Mexico’s fascinating interaction between the Native American, Hispanic, and present US cultures.  New Mexico is home to nineteen active Pueblos, two Apache tribes and the Navajo Nation.
  • Explore the history of New Mexico’s politics, frontiers, colonization, nuclear testing, aliens, and conspiracy theories.
  • New Mexico is known for its distinctive culture, food, architecture, and popular portrayals of its history.
  • Trips to places such as a substance abuse center, a port of entry at the US-Mexico border, an environmental restoration project, and events such as a rodeo, pueblo dance, and mariachi performance as available.
  • Go from New Mexico’s cosmopolitan cities to the remote parks such as Acoma and Taos Pueblos, Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Gila Cliff Dwellings, Chaco Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly.
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