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South Florida Museum Announces Special Presentation: The Maya Mystery of 2012 with Internationally Renowned Author

think + drink (science) cafe event to take place January 13th, 2010

The South Florida Museum is pleased to announce a special presentation in conjunction with our think + drink (science) café series, “The Maya Mystery of 2012”. Join internationally renowned author and professor Anthony Aveni on January 13th, 2010 as he discusses his new book, End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012, an exploration of what the completion of the thirteenth baktun of the Long Count calendar means within a Maya cultural context, and how it has been interpreted within the Western (largely American) tradition of cataclysmic forecasting associated with calendrically-timed turning points. What did this event signify to the prehispanic Maya who devised the Long Count calendar? And what makes us think Maya messages may be intended for us? These are some of the fascinating questions that will be explored in this illuminating lecture by one of the world’s leading scholars on the Maya calendar.This event will begin with a cocktail hour at 6pm, followed by a presentation in the Bishop Planetarium Theater from 7pm-9pm. Afterwards, join Professor Anthony Aveni for a book-signing in the planetarium lobby. Admission price is $10 general admission, $5 for museum members. Paid reservations are required; tickets are available at the front desk of the museum or by calling 941-746-4131 x10. The think + drink (science) café brings together local scientists, science enthusiasts and the science-curious for casual, fun and enlightening conversations about topics you don’t get to discuss every day. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase during the event.Anthony F. Aveni is Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. Aveni helped develop the field of archaeoastronomy and is especially well known for his research into the astronomical history of the Aztec and Maya cultures of ancient Mexico. Aveni’s recent books include End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012; People and the Sky: Our Ancestors and the Cosmos; Skywatchers, a revised version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico; and The Madrid Codex: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript, co-edited with Gabrielle Vail of New College of Florida.The South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s west coast and is one of the oldest operating museums in the State of Florida. Located in downtown Bradenton at 201 10th Street West, the South Florida Museum includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. For more information about the museum call 941-746-4131 or visit the museum’s website at www.southfloridamuseum.org.

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