David Stuart, expert on Maya history and culture, will speak about the global hysteria surrounding the Maya “end-of-the-world” prophesies for December 2012. Dr. Stuart will discuss the true meaning of the Maya calendar and imagery at the Library of Congress on September 16th (Spoiler alert: Dr. Stuart says these predictions are premature.)
Author of a new book, The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012, Dr. Stuart is a professor of Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He began deciphering Maya hieroglyphs at the age of eight and at 18 was the youngest-ever recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant" for his study of ancient inscriptions.
Presenting the fifth Jay I. Kislak Lecture at the Library of Congress, Dr. Stuart will interpret what ancient Maya records actually had to say about time and the cosmos. According to his research, the real intellectual achievement of ancient Maya timekeeping is far more impressive than any of the popular outrageous claims about this advanced civilization.
About the lecture:
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, Washington, DC. Deciphering the Art of the Ancient Maya and the Year 2012, open to the public free of charge.
About the book:
The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012, by David Stuart, published 5/17/2011 by Harmony Books, hardcover, 368 pages, $24.00
Barbara Tenenbaum, Ph.D
Curator, Jay I Kislak Collection
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington DC 20540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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