Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Ninth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop: In the Time of the Maya

February 24th, 2012 - February 26th, 2012

Tulane University and the New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA

Please join us the weekend of February 24-26, 2012 for the Ninth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, hosted by Tulane University‘€™s Middle American Research Institute and Stone Center for Latin American Studies. In keeping with tradition, this year‘€™s Maya Symposium will incorporate a wide variety of specialties such as epigraphy, archaeology, linguistics, and art history to explore the research being conducted on the ancient Maya civilization. Through a series of lectures and workshops, specialists at next year‘€™s symposium will create a long view of the millennia of continuous cultural development of Maya civilization. To celebrate the nature of Maya society throughout this long period, the symposium presenters will conduct a “baktun count” to recount the full history of Maya society from the time of mythical creation up to the present day. Each speaker will cover a single baktun (period of ca. 400 years) and summarize the ways in which the Maya both innovated and resisted change. In this way, we will travel methodically through time to learn how from their past, the Maya have and will face the future. The 2012 symposium promises to be a memorable weekend spent exploring and discussing this intriguing and important anthropological topic. For further information about the program, please visit our website.

*_Friday, February 24 – 9:00 am -5:30 pm*_
K-12 Teacher Workshop
Teacher Workshop: Counting Time the Maya Way
Jones Hall 100A, Greenleaf Conference Room
Marc Zender, Tulane University and Stanley Guenter, Idaho State University

Counting Time the Maya Way

Maya hieroglyphs are the best understood writing system from the prehispanic Americas. It flourished during the Classic period (A.D. 250-950) on monumental inscriptions and portable artifacts like ceramic vessels in the southern Maya lowlands (parts of modern Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Mexico). As a logosyllabic writing system with approximately 1000 different signs, it is in structure and content different from writing systems developed in the old world. The workshop introduces participants to Maya inscriptions and focuses on the ways in which the ancient Maya counted time.

In order to secure your spot, please register by February 13, 2012 by clicking here






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Central America: People and the Environment Asynchronous Institute

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Register now for the ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE which opens up in July
Please note, the synchronous blended institute taking place June 14 – 25 is no longer accepting registrants.

This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.


NOW REGISTERING FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTITUTE For more information, please email or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.