Lost Kingdoms of the Maya

Chichen ItzaTravel to Mexico May 21–30, 2018 with Harper College Professor Dr. Helmut Publ and WorldStrides

Imagine visiting ancient Mayan sites with an expert archaeologist. Join Harper College anthropology professor Dr. Helmut Publ on this trip to important Mayan archaeological and cultural sites throughout Mexico. Develop your understanding through site visits and short lectures.  You will depart for Mexico on May 21 and return home on May 30, 2018. Click here for registration details.


A Special Adventure

You are invited to join Dr. Publ and our partners at WorldStrides on an exciting journey to the world of the ancient Mayan civilization. Escape back in time for a rewarding and memorable experience to spectacular archaeological sites throughout Mexico, colorful native markets, museums, colonial cities, and much more. The registration deadline with WorldStrides is January 31, 2018.

For trip details, visit the World Strides Online Portal.

About the Instructor

Dr. Publ received his B.A. and his M.A. in anthropology from the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, his Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a C.A.S. in sociology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Much of his professional experience has been in cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, ethno-history, and sociology. He has conducted extensive ethnographic, ethno-historic, and archaeological field-work throughout Mexico, Guatemala, the American Southwest, Peru, South America, and other Latin American countries. His varied research interests include culture change, trade and exchange systems, social and political structure, language and culture, the development of complex societies, and symbolism and folklore. Before coming to Harper College, Dr. Publ taught anthropology and worked as a research assistant at the National Museum of Anthropology, at the National Institute of History and Anthropology, and at the University of the Americas, all in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Publ became a full-time faculty member in the Anthropology/Sociology Department at Harper College in 1995 and has served as chair and co/chair of that Department since 1999.

How to Register for the Lost Kingdoms Trip 

There is a two-step registration process:

Step 1 You must register with WorldStrides (https://worldstrides.com/custom/lost-kingdoms-of-the-maya/)

  • Course tuition is $3,348 and does not include travel expenses. Make travel and tour reservations through WorldStrides Tour Company.
  • After you register you will be emailed specifics on the trip and information for booking with WorldStrides.
  • Note: Visiting some archaeological sites on the trip may require hiking.


Step 2 You must also register with Harper College’s International Program. The registration fee is $60. Click here for instructions.