The 2013 C. P. Snow Lecturer is Dr. Anthony Aveni, who on Wednesday, April 10 (TONIGHT!) at 7pm in Textor 102 will present a talk entitled "Doomsday Scenarios and the Ancient Maya: At the Crossroads of Culture, Science, and Religion."
Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University. Featured in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ten best university professors in the country, Aveni is considered one of the founders of cultural astronomy, owing to his research into the astronomical history of the Aztec and Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. He has more than 300 research publications to his credit, including sixteen books. His most recent book is The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.
In his lecture, Prof. Aveni will explore beliefs about the end of the world, especially those manifested in the recent December 21, 2012 Maya pop-cultural craze. He will examine the deep American cultural and religious roots of apocalyptic thinking, and draw connections between the 2012 phenomenon and the many visionaries, prophets, and evangelical preachers who have set specific "scientifically-based" countdowns to the end of the world. The lecture will reveal that the study of end-of-time beliefs is no fringe matter, for in fact this study can give us insight into competing views regarding the nature of both religion and history.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit ithaca.edu/cpsnow.
The C. P. Snow Lecture Series, the longest-running lecture series at the College, began in the School of Humanities and Sciences more than 40 years ago as a means of bridging the gap between the sciences and the humanities. The series was named after Sir Charles Percy Snow, a man who truly embodied the mission of the series for his work as an internationally renowned scientist, author, lecturer, and past member of the British cabinet.