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Penn Museum’s 28th Annual Maya Weekend: April 9 through 11
Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power

April 6, 2010, Volume 56, No. 28

Maya Women: Figures of Enduring Strength and Power is the theme for the 28th annual Maya Weekend, taking place Friday, April 9 through Sunday, April 11 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. More than a dozen scholars will present illustrated talks and interactive workshops for the public, exploring the central role that women have played in the social, political, and cultural history of the Maya people from the Classic period (AD 250 to AD 900) to contemporary times.

Penn Museum’s Maya Weekend is one of the largest and oldest meetings in the United States devoted to Maya studies. This year brings together international scholars, speakers of Mayan descent, weavers, conservationists, and others actively involved with traditional Maya communities within Central America, for an engaging look at the daily life of Maya women, and their roles in religion, politics, and the community. Highlighted speakers for this year’s event include keynote speaker Karen Bassie-Sweet, University of Calgary, presenting a talk on Maya Goddesses, and Maya banquet speaker Traci Ardren, University of Miami, discussing Ancient Maya Queens.

Maya Weekend attendees have the opportunity to visit Penn Museum’s Mesoamerican Gallery, which draws upon the Museum’s strong collection and research fieldwork to offer a thematic look at the Maya and other ancient peoples of the region. World famous grand stone monuments and circular altars from the Museum’s early Maya excavations at Piedras Negras, Guatemala, and Caracol, Belize, dominate the gallery.

View the complete program: www.penn.museum/college-and-adults/201-maya-weekend.html. Brochures and more information are available through the Museum’s Special Events Office by calling (215) 898-4890, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission to the Maya Weekend, including an information packet, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks and receptions, is $175; $140 for Museum members and senior citizens (over 62); and $75 for full-time students. Reservations can be made online: https://pennmuseum.ticketleap.com/28th-annual-maya-weekend-maya-women-04-09-2010-18-0

Almanac - April 6, 2010, Volume 56, No. 28