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Understanding the Maya People

Young 21st Century Researchers Focus on Ancient Maya Oct. 23 at UCR

UC MEXUS will sponsor a series of seminars on topics relevant to Mexico and California

(October 10, 2006)

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Professor Scott Fedick

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Discussion of new research on the Maya, at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, will kick off a year-long UC MEXUS Seminar Series at the University of California, Riverside on topics relevant to Mexico and California.

The Maya seminar, and the entire series, is sponsored by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), a system-wide institute that makes its home on the UCR campus. All programs are free and open to the public.

Every month UC MEXUS will focus on a different topic of relevance to Mexico and California. The Institute will bring together scholars from the University of California and Mexico from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology, conservation biology, engineering, and earth and environmental sciences.

This month, presentations will be made by two anthropologists, an art historian and a historian. UCR Maya scholar and Associate Professor of Anthropology Scott Fedick will moderate the seminar at UC MEXUS headquarters, 3324 Olmsted Hall.

In his own research, Fedick uses modern technology in the form of GIS mapping systems to study Maya settlements in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. He is director of Yalahau Regional Human Ecology Project, a multinational research effort focusing on ancient Maya settlement, land use and political organization in a large wetland in northern Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Parking in Lot 6 costs $6. Permits are available at the information kiosks at the entrances to campus.

Oct. 23, The Maya
Owen H. Jones, History, UC Riverside.
The colonial Maya region, a comparative ethnohistory, 1521-1825.
Reiko Ishihara, Anthropology, UC Riverside.
Unraveling Gender Relations in the Ritual Use of the Chasms at Aguateca, Guatemala
Amara L. Solari, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barabara.
Processing the ancestral past: intercultural Maya identity and Catholic ritual at early colonial Izamal, Yucatan.
Shankari Patel, Anthroplogy, UC Riverside.
Pilgrimage and oracles among the ancient Maya.

Upcoming programs will focus on issues such as climate change, plants pest and pathogens, marine resources, border health, and other issues.

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