Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.
John F. Schwaller
schwallr at potsdam.edu
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
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,
www.pcswdc.org. Questions may be directed to scott.m.wilson at verizon.net.
John F. Schwaller
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, NY 13676
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