Jan Kurtz of Fort Ripley, a Spanish and Latin American Studies instructor at Central Lakes College, will present the free, public Cultural Thursday program on Guatemala at noon March 7 in Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
In February 2012, Kurtz spent the month in San Pedro Las Huertas, Guatemala. This small town just outside of Antigua is the site for Rising Villages, a project founded and run by Little Falls residents Dave and Bina Huebsch. It is a volunteer operation that has supported the people of Guatemala with educational, electrical, water, medical and community building endeavors over a 40-year period.
Kurtz will present information on the village and her time working at the Alabare Elementary school. She worked with three teachers and 35 students in the school. She wrote about the experience for the winter edition of Her Voice magazine in the article titled “Teaching Under the Shadow of the Volcano.”
Cultural Thursdays are 50-minute events held the first Thursday of each month during the academic year at CLC, sponsored by the Resource Center for Cultures and Languages of America. Kurtz is the coordinator and may be reached for information at 218-855-8183.