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Ancient America Forum at the Walters, 3/17


What: Ancient Americas Forum 

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. 


The Walters Art Museum


Saturday, March 17 


12:301p.m. Ancient Americas Forum: Intro: Dorie Reents-Budet (moderator): exhibition curator of Exploring Art of the Ancient America: The John Bourne Collection Gift

12 p.m. The John Bourne Collection: From Private to Public Domain: Julie Lauffenburger, Senior Objects Conservator, The Walters Art Museum

23 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

34 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

44:30 p.m. Panel Discussion



Media Contact: 

Amy Mannarino, 410-547-9000, ext. 277,

Image & Photo Credit: 

Figural Pendant, Maya, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico or Honduras, Early Classic Period, 250–450 CE, Jadeite (?), 6.86 × 4.83 × 1.27 cm, On loan from John Bourne