Enriching Weekends in the Land of Enchantment
With the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute

DALLAS (SMU) –– Trends show that today’s traveler wants vacation to also be an education. In response to the growing demand for learning travel, Southern Methodist University has added a second weekend of courses to its Cultural Institute in Taos, N.M.

Now in its third year, the Institute provides an opportunity for adults from all over the country to learn about the Southwest –– its colorful history, diverse cultures, rich art and literature, and ancient archaeological sites. Courses are taught by SMU’s distinguished faculty and local experts over three days against the spectacular backdrop of northern New Mexico.

“Well-seasoned world travelers have remarked that these Cultural Institute weekends have been the most memorable trips of their lives,” says Program Director Jana Rentzel. “They have made lasting connections with interesting people of all ages.”

Courses for the July 12-15, 2007, weekend include seminars on Taos artists, traditional Pueblo pottery, the Los Alamos nuclear project, archaeological field study, digital photography and fly fishing.

Courses for the July 19-22, 2007, weekend include seminars on D.H. Lawrence, religious art and architecture, fine-art photography, the geology of northern New Mexico, New Mexico wines and Latino politics of the Southwest.

The registration fee, ranging from $650 to $750 per course, covers tuition, designated meals and field trip entrance fees. Class size is limited to allow for in-depth discussion and individual attention. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the student.

To learn more and become a part of this unique weekend experience, go to or contact the Program Director, Jana Rentzel, at 214-768-1303 or

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