Calendar in the Sky Webinar #2: What is going to happen in December 2012?
Date: Fri, Jul 27, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Did the Maya really predict the end of the world? Does their calendar really come to an end? Why is everyone so worried? It is almost impossible not to have been confronted with these scary rumors, and the clamor is rising to a climax. What should we do? Dr. Mark Van Stone has spent the last few years examining Ancient Maya beliefs about prophecy, their calendar, and their concepts of Time, Creation, Re-Creation, and especially their ideas about 2012. His book, "2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya" explores this topic in thorough and entertaining ways. His presentation will explain the way their complex calendars work and will examine all the relevant evidence they left us. You will be reassured to learn that, just like us, the Ancient Maya really did not predict, nor did they even expect, an "end" to their calendar.
Mark Van Stone, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Southwestern College
After earning his Bachelor's in Physics, Dr. Van Stone spent twenty years as a calligrapher and scholar of world paleography, earning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988. He entered the University of Texas to study Maya Hieroglyphs with Linda Schele in 1994. He co-authored Reading the Maya Glyphs with Michael Coe in 2001, and published 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya in 2010. His dual background in science and art provides a unique understanding of Maya calligraphy, and to the development of every writing system.