We met for two days in Louisville before leaving on May 6 for Panama. We had an overview of what and how we are going to study once we get to Panama. We are not studying Panamanian culture per se; rather, we are taking a deliberate approach to studying culture in general, using Panaman as an example. I hope that I made it clear that we are focusing on “microcultures” rather than national cultures. That way the students can focus in on a smaller group and try to describe that group’s culture. We shall see. Derby this weekend and them off to Panama!