TITLE: Deciphering the Art of the Ancient Maya & the Year 2012
SPEAKER: David Stuart
EVENT DATE: 09/16/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 54 minutes
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Art historian and archaeologist David Stuart, the foremost expert on Mayan hieroglyphs, delivered the fifth Jay I. Kislak Lecture titled "Deciphering the Art of the Ancient Maya and the Year 2012," in which he explored the Mayan prediction of "the end of the world in 2012" and discussed his most recent book on that subject: "The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012."
Speaker Biography: David Stuart received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1989 for his work on Mayan writing. He holds the Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas in Austin and is also the director of the university???s multi-disciplinary Mesoamerican Center. He has conducted major excavation projects in Mexico and Central America. His book "Ten Phonetic Syllables" (1987) became the basis for the deciphering of Mayan hieroglyphs. Among his other works, he published a volume in 2003 in the Peabody Museum's series titled "Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions."