Dr. Richard Townsend
Curator of African and Amer-Indian Art
The Art Institute of Chicago presents:
“Life and Art in the Aztec World”
March 29, 2010 ~ 2:00 - 3:20 PM
Evans Liberal Arts Bldg--Room 229
The dramatic cycle of seasonal festivals, and the expansion of empire required that the Aztecs designed and produced brilliant works of art and Architecture for the ritual and symbolic re-enactment of creation itself.
“The Land and its Symbols in Aztec Art and Religious Performance”
March 29, 2010 ~ 7:00 –8:00 PM
Public Lecture--Alkek Teaching Theatre
At the sacred places in the landscape, where the powers of the earth, the sky, and the waters were held to be especially concentrated, kings and priests were periodically required to celebrate the dramatic cycle of Aztec ritual festivals. Reception to follow.
Both lectures will be colorfully presented with images of major sculptures, illuminated manuscripts and a variety of works of art, as well as views of archaeological ruins with plans, maps, and landscapes.
University Lecture Series presents:
Dr. Tom Huffman Lecture - April 6, 2010 - 7pm - Centennial Hall
On April 6, 2010 Dr. Tom Huffman, professor emeritus at The University of the Witwatersrand, will give a lecture entitled Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: pathways to social complexity in Southern Africa. Dr. Huffman has conducted field work in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa for over 40 years where he excavated at Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe and many other sites. He served at the Head of Archaeology and later the Chair of Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg for over 30 years and he is a world renowned scholar on the spread and development of Bantu societies in Southern Africa. He recently published Handbook to the Iron Age, the archaeology of pre-colonial farming societies in Southern Africa (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press).
Forensic Anthropology at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s
(JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory
Dr. John Byrd, DABFA
Central Identification Laboratory
When: Thursday, October 28, 2010 ~ 1:00-2:30pm
This is a free lecture sponsored by the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, and all are invited to attend! Learn about the role of forensic anthropology at JPAC CIL, the world’s largest employer of forensic anthropologists! The mission of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts.
In order to carry out this mission, JPAC employs forensic anthropologists and archaeologists to aid in the location,
recovery, and identification of POW/MIAs for the purposes of repatriation.