Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.

John F. Schwaller schwallr at
Fri Aug 18 17:08:45 UTC 2006

The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. is currently accepting 
registrations for its September 2006 symposium, "Adventures in 
Pre-Columbian Studies: Illuminating the Past and Imagining the 
Future."  The symposium, to be held from 9:10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on 
Saturday, September 16,  will offer a journey into pre-Columbian 
studies as told through the career of Elizabeth P. Benson, a 
remarkable scholar whose achievements span the many distinct 
disciplines and cultures that make up the pre-Columbian field.

Elizabeth Benson created the Pre-Columbian Studies Program at 
Dumbarton Oaks, organized the first Maya hieroglyphic study group in 
the U.S., and, through her own research, refined the ways in which 
iconography and cross-cultural studies are used to explore the 
ancient American past.  In tribute to her many contributions, this 
symposium will bring together some of today's leading scholars to 
recap the thinking of the past, delve into the cutting edge ideas of 
the present, and provide glimpses into the potential breakthroughs of 
the future.

Julie Jones of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will moderate the 
symposium and will give introductory remarks. Other speakers include 
Steve Bourget of UT/Austin, Alana Cordy-Collins of UC/San Diego, 
Esther Pasztory of Columbia University, Peter Roe of the University 
of Delaware, Justin Kerr of New York City, and Gillett Griffin of 
Princeton University.  Following the speakers, Elizabeth Benson will 
give a brief address about the future of scholarship in the fields 
discussed in the preceding presentations.

The September 16 symposium will be held at the U.S. Navy Memorial and 
Naval Heritage Center at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., in the heart 
of Washington, D.C.  The Center is conveniently located next to the 
Archives Metro station

The registration form and further information about the symposium are 
available from the Pre-Columbian Society's website,  Questions may be directed to scott.m.wilson at

John F. Schwaller
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY  13676

315-267-2496 fax

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