(April 10, 2012) -- The Southwest Texas Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Institute of America will host Jason Yaeger, UTSA associate professor of anthropology, for two presentations Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13 at the UTSA Main Campus and Trinity University. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Yaeger's first lecture, "Commemorating Creation: The Inca Reoccupation of Tiwanaka, Bolivia," will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building Room 2.102 on the UTSA Main Campus. Yaeger will discuss how the Inca modified the ancient and abandoned temples to create a venue for the commemoration and reenactment of those cosmogonic events -- events involving astrophysical study of the origin and evolution of the universe.
At 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13 in the Trinity University Chapman Auditorium, Yaeger will speak on "Politics, Warfare and Sacrifice in the Classic Maya World: A View from Xunantunich, Belize." He will present an overview of the understanding of the political dynamics of the Classic Maya civilization and the role of warfare and sacrifice.
Yaeger's interest in the ancient Maya began in the early 1980s, when a visit to the site of Chichen Itza sparked his passion for archaeology. Although his initial focus was ancient Maya hieroglyphic writing, his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan led him to shift his focus to field archaeology, particularly the study of ancient settlement patterns.
Yaeger earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation examined local community organization and the role of material culture in the creation of local and extra-local social institutions such as the community and the polity (a state or one of its subordinate civil authorities such as a province).
Since 1990, Yaeger has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Bolivia, the United States and India. His primary research interests are the archaeology and ethnohistory of Mesoamerica and the Andes with a focus on the organization of ancient households and communities, ancient urbanism, and material culture and identity.
Jaeger has published "Classic Maya Provincial Politics: Xunantunich and Its Hinterlands" (with Lisa J. LeCount, Arizona, 2010) and "The Archaeology of Communities: A New World Perspective" (with Marcello A. Canuto, Routledge, 2000).
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory
This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium. The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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