The Fourth World:  Minority Peoples in Majority Countries [] Lifelong Learning Program

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  • MXN $700


    David Stea.  4 classes.  Thurs Jan 20, Mon 24, Wed 26, Fri 28.  Class 1:00 – 3:00, social hour 3:00 – 4:00. In English

    The Fourth World consists of the half-billion or so people around the globe who belong to identifiable, coherent ethnic/religious groups residing in countries whose majority population belongs to another group (e.g., the Navajo Nation in the US, the Uighurs in China, etc.). They live in a complex reality.  This course will explore many aspects of their varied experiences:  language, culture, economy, and religious suppression; gender roles; exploitative relations (e.g., energy resource extraction); impacts upon mammalian resources (e.g. the importance of horses, goats, sheep, reindeer, whales, and seals to these groups); land sovereignty and land loss.  In these contexts we will also discuss how national majorities exploit minority cultures, and recent efforts to mitigate harms to minority cultures, including international collaborations among Fourth Worlders in different nation-states.


    Dr. David Stea is a polymath.  He received a BS in mechanical/aeronautical engineering and a doctorate in psychology.  Early in his career he developed the new field of environmental psychology.  He was professor of architecture and urban planning at UCLA, Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, and Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia.  Dr. Stea was also chair of Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies at International University in México and is emeritus professor of geography and international studies at Texas State University.  He is the author or co-author of several books on environmental psychology, 150 articles and book chapters, has presented over 200 lectures in a dozen countries and has been a visiting professor and planning consultant on six continents. He began work with indigenous peoples in the Navajo Nation a half-century ago and became interested in groups within groups in the Middle East, Latin America, and Oceania, studying a number of them by living with them for periods of time.  He was one of the first persons to call such societies the “Fourth World.”  In the late 1980s, Dr. Stea was nominated for the Right Livelihood Prize (the “Alternative Nobel”) for his work.

    Announcing the 2020-2021 Lifelong Learning Program Courses

    The Lifelong Learning Program at the Centro Cultural / Instituto Allende provides San Miguel de Allende residents and visitors with the opportunity of taking courses designed for self-enrichment, intellectual stimulation, and fun. Courses are designed for adult learners by skilled instructors. All program staff and instructors are volunteers in order to keep tuition as low as possible. Normally all courses take place in the Lifelong Learning Program classroom on the upper level of the Instituto, Ancha de San Antonio 22.

    We offer approximately two dozen courses from October through March. There are two to seven two-hour classes per course. For schedules and fees, which include social hour snacks after each class, or lunch in one-day courses, please see course descriptions below. The program is an excellent way to meet interesting new people and to indulge your intellectual curiosity. Now you can finally take those intriguing courses you never had time to take in school, but with no homework, exams, or grades!
    To be added to our mailing list, please contact Josephine Curtis at

    To keep all of us safe, we have made two changes while still offering you the same quality of stimulating courses as in years past.

    1. Registration will be only electronic (not in the Instituto office). 2. Some courses will be taught with Zoom.


    Electronically only, with PayPal.  

    To pay using PayPal you will need a PayPal account, a free download.  (You may already have one.) It lets you choose to pay either directly from your bank or with a credit card.

    • Before your Zoom course starts, you will receive emails from the Lifelong Learning Program with the following information:
      1. Information on how to take a Zoom course, including what to do if you run into a problem.  We are preparing special sessions to get you comfortable with Zoom.  They are optional but we strongly recommend them if you are not confident about taking a Zoom course.
      2. Course handouts.
      3. The Zoom link for the course.  There will be one link per course, regardless of the number of classes.
    • A Zoom course registration is for ONE computer screen (one email address), regardless of how many people are in front of the screen.
    • Zoom courses are limited to about 100 registrations.
    • Zoom courses are not geographically limited.  If you know someone at any location who would be interested in signing up for one of our Zoom courses, please send them the Lifelong Learning Program website URL (address) so they can register directly.
    • Only people whose names we have received from PayPal as having registered can be admitted into a Zoom course.


    If WE are forced to cancel a course, unfortunately the Instituto cannot make refunds but you will be entitled to a substitute course at any price within one year. Alternatively, the course fee can be donated to the Lifelong Learning Program as a contribution. Please contact the Instituto administrator, Zara Fernández at If YOU are forced to cancel a course that you have registered for, you can request a certificate for a substitute course of equal or lesser value. Alternatively, this certificate may be used by you or by someone else within one calendar year for another course, or it may be donated to the Lifelong Learning Program as a contribution. Please contact the Instituto administrator, Zara Fernández at


    Registration for winter courses — January through March — will begin on December 1.  Everyone on our mailing list will receive a reminder in November.  If you are not on our list and would like to be, please send a request to our director of student relations, Josephine Curtis, at, to be added.


    All 2020-2021 registrations, for both Zoom and in-person courses, will close two business days before the first class.  Please register early — especially important for the courses we now think will be in person since the capacity of our classroom may be reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Please email Jo Sanders, the Lifelong Learning Program director, at
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