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).



Welcome to Spring 2018! 

Going Baroque!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.


An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.

Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056


Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University


Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004



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