Jo Ellen Burkholder is an archaeologist at UW–Whitewater specializing in Andean cultures. Her position is within the Women’s Studies Department. In between her semesters in the classroom on campus she is often in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, either participating in the excavations that archaeologists conduct to uncover relics of the time before the arrival of Europeans, or leading students to begin their own discovery of the richness of the region’s heritage.

Dr. Burkholder uses a short film made by the Peruvian government to explore the idea of cultural heritage and how it is packaged and presented. Here is a link to that film, which was cleverly shot in the town of  Peru, Nebraska.

At the present she is preparing another travel study experience that will depart next spring.