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Art adjunct faculty member Nina Berson has been selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to participate in a summer institute on Mesoamerican art. Pictured is an image of a beheading found at the archaeological site of El Tajin, the capital of classic Veracruz culture. On the cover: the terracotta head of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain, fertility and water, from Tenochtitlan.

Adjunct Art Instructor Earns NEH Grant to Enrich Mesoamerican Studies

June 1, 2012 -- Adjunct art faculty member Nina Berson has been awarded a competitive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to enrich coursework at the Mount by participating in the summer institute “Mesoamerica and the Southwest: a new history for an ancient land.”

Berson is among 24 scholars selected by the NEH to travel to Mexico City, Arizona and New Mexico and learn from the world’s top scholars in the field of Mesoamerican art and culture. Berson will be examining the relationships among the pre-Columbian and Colonial Mesoamericans and the indigenous Americans of the Southwest. Her grant amount is $3,900.

“I plan to implement a much richer course in Mesoamerican art that will enable students to understand the Mesoamerican 'cosmovision' and how Mesoamerican art reflects it,” said Berson, who taught the Mount’s first-ever course on Mesoamerican art in the spring. “I should be better able to explain to our students, many of whom are contemporary descendants of Mesoamerican cultures, what our inheritance from this art and mythology is.”

Berson was chosen for her quality and commitment as an instructor, as well as her strong passion for Mesoamerican art studies.

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