Published January 28, 2015

Two series continue

Mayan archaeology, Middle East sectarianism to be featured
During the first week of February, two Monmouth College series will continue in the Center for Science and Business.
 
On Feb. 2, Virginia Miller, associate professor of art history at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will address the topic of Mayan death imagery at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
 
Titled “Skeletons, Skulls and Bones in the Art of Chichen Itza,” the talk is sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America Western Illinois Society and MC’s department of classics.
 
Miller will address questions relating to an increase in death imagery between 800 and 1000 A.D., and how the practices of the Mayans relating to the bones of their slain captives influenced later Aztec practices.
 
On Feb. 4, MC political science professor Farhat Haq will introduce the next Great Decisions topic, “Sectarianism in the Middle East,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Board Room (CSB 276). Approximately one hour of group discussion will follow her remarks.
 
For all the religious discourse permeating the Middle East conflict, much of its roots are political, not religious. Haq will address how sectarianisms fit into a larger narrative of the Middle East and how governments have manipulated sectarian differences.
 
Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.
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