Yucatan and the Maya: A History Apart—FULL

Wednesday, September 16, 6:30–8:00 P.M. | Private residence.

The Maya created the most sophisticated civilization in the Ancient Americas, with a writing system, intricate codes of law, and teeming cities full of great public and private art. Many of the descendants of these people live in the Yucatan peninsula, where Mayan languages are still regularly spoken. While the Spanish conquest was swift, brutal, and total in central Mexico, the Mayan area of the Yucatan was not as completely conquered nor as firmly held, leading to a unique blending of Spanish and indigenous peoples.

Rex Koontz, professor in the school of art at University of Houston as well as its director, will explore how the sophisticated ancient civilization and the colonial experience have joined to produce a rich, innovative, and singular culture on the peninsula. His lecture will lay the groundwork for our spring 2016 journey to the Yucatan. Dr. Koontz is the author of Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin (University of Texas Press, 2009); coeditor with Heather Orr of Blood and Beauty: Organized Violence in the Art and Archaeology of Mesoamerica and Central America (The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2009); and coauthor with Michael Coe of Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs (Thames & Hudson, 2013, 7th edition).



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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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