Mexico 2019

From 1519 to 2019: Indigenous Christianity in Mexico 500 Years after Cortés

May 28 – June 3, 2019

Follow the route of Hernando Cortés’s 1519 approach to the Mexica (Aztec) capital, visiting sites significant to the emergence of indigenous Christianity guided by specialists in colonial Mexican history. Program includes site visits, tours, and lectures by local Mexican historians.

Cities on the tour: Cholula, Huejotzingo, Puebla, and Mexico City (including the Templo Mayor, the Catedral, the Zócalo, and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe), plus additional optional tours.

Cost to participants: Airfare and taxi to/from airport, hotel stays, some meals.

The CFH Latin America Initiative Fund will cover group tours, a chartered bus to/from Cholula, guest lectures, and some group meals.

CFH Program hosts:

Ronald J. (Ron) Morgan is Professor of History and Department Chair at Abilene Christian University. He authored Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810 (Arizona, 2002), a co-edited collection on Christian study abroad pedagogy, and a wide range of articles on Jesuit history in colonial Spanish America. On behalf of CFH, he co-organized a 2011 conference in Mexico City entitled “History, Protestantism, and Identity.” Ron is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has extensive experience leading historical travel tours.


Verónica A. Gutiérrez is Associate Professor of Latin American History and Director of Undergraduate Research at Azusa Pacific University. She spent her Fulbright year researching indigenous Christianity in Cholula, Mexico, residing in a convento (friary), built on the site of a pre-hispanic teocalli (“god-house”). A trained writer, award-winning scholar, and sought-after speaker, she has provided keynote addresses in both the U.S. and Mexico, delivered a TEDx talk about Cholula, “Resilience in the Oldest City in the Americas,” and contributed to a forthcoming volume about Cholula published in Mexico.

For questions about the academic content or the itinerary, contact Dr. Gutierrez:

For questions about logistics or hotel bookings, contact Dr. Morgan:

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