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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presents seminar on Mayan calendar

September 30, 2011

Loyola University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies presents acclaimed author Gerardo Aldana, Ph.D., in “Indigeneity, Classic Mayan Astronomy, and the Calendar,” a seminar about Mayan philosophy, culture and science on Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall.

The seminar will examine the relevance of science to the ancient Maya and will explore their impressive advances in understanding the natural world and how it corresponds to the modern day definition of science. Aldana will look at recovered Mayan hieroglyphic texts to investigate our notions of indigeneity and present a model of interpreting ancient Mayan philosophy, culture and science through a native, environmental lens as an alternative to the dominant Western worldview.

Aldana, an associate professor of Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has authored numerous books and his research takes a history of science approach to the hieroglyphic and architectural records of astronomy in pre-contact Mayan civilizations.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christi Schott at 504-865-2886 or cmschott@loyno.edu.

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