Maya lecture series opens with talks on Guatemala

Oct 8, 2009 | General News

The K’iche’ Maya Indians of highland Guatemala will be discussed when anthropologist Robert M. Carmack makes opening presentations in the “The Maya and the World” lecture series, presented by Louisiana Tech and the Lincoln Parish Library.

Carmack is scheduled to make two public presentations:

• “Conducting Anthropological Research in a K’iche’-Maya Community in Guatemala” on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library

• “Maya Historiography: The K’iche’-Maya Case of Guatemala” on Friday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. in Wyly Tower Auditorium on Tech’s campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.

An internationally recognized scholar in the fields of Maya studies, ethno-history, social anthropology, and social theory, Carmack holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught at Arizona State University, the University of California at San Diego, and the State University of New York at Albany, where he is professor emeritus of anthropology. Carmack has also held visiting appointments at universities in France, Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Carmack’s publications include The Quiché-Mayas of Utatlán: The Evolution of a Highland Maya Kingdom (1982), Harvest of Violence: The Maya Indians and the Guatemalan Crisis (1988) and Rebels of Highland Guatemala: The Quiché-Mayas of Momostenango (1995), in addition to many other books and articles in scholarly journals.

“The Maya and the World” series will continue on Oct. 15, when archeologist Thomas H. Guderjan will speak on recent developments in the study of ancient Maya civilization. Other speakers in the series include anthropologist Grace Lloyd Bascopé, historian Monica Bontty and geographer W. George Lovell.

A complete schedule of events is available on the World Wide Web by clicking HERE.

“The Maya and the World” is sponsored by Tech and the Lincoln Parish Library, with major funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund, and additional funding from the College of Liberal Arts, the department of history, the department of social sciences and the School of Literature and Language. Event support is provided by the student members of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Written by Judith Roberts