This forum discussion will explore topics tied to the special exhibition Exploring Art of the Ancient America presented by a panel of experts from several disciplines. Panelists include Julie Lauffenburger, Senior Objects Conservator; anthropologist Allen Christenson; and archaeastronomist Anthony Aveni, best known for his theories on the prophesized end of the world in December of 2012. Dorie Reents-Budet will moderate.
Price for all sessions: FREE
12-12:45 p.m. Ancient Americas Forum: Intro: Dorie Reents-Budet (moderator): exhibition curator of Exploring Art of the Ancient America: The John Bourne Collection Gift
1-1:45 p.m. The John Bourne Collection: From Private to Public Domain: Julie Lauffenburger, Senior Objects Conservator, The Walters Art Museum
2-2:45 p.m. In the Footsteps of the Ancestors: Dancing with the Ancient Maya Gods: Allen J. Christenson, Professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature at Brigham Young University
3-3:45 p.m. Maya Apocalypse Soon?: Anthony F. Aveni, Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies, Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Sociology & Anthropology, Colgate University
Following the Forum, there will be a booksigning with Anthony Aveni in the Centre Street Lobby. His book The End of Time is available in the Museum Store