University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit, “MAYA: Hidden Worlds Revealed,” tells the story of Maya civilization over time and the scientific research that has helped unlock the Maya past. The Institute for Advanced Study is partnering with the museum, the Maya Society of Minnesota, and Hamline University in a six-month series of public programs featuring consultants to the exhibit and other world-renowned scholars.

Collaborative lectures, workshops, and symposia


2013 N Hopkins Maya

Nicholas Hopkins

Lecture: Continuity and Change in Maya Poetics and Storytelling. Nicholas A. Hopkins, Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology and Linguistics, Florida State University.
Friday, October 11, 7:30 PM
112 Anderson Center, Hamline University

Hieroglyphic Workshop: Nick Hopkins, The Art and Inscriptions of the Museum Exhibit “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.”
Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, at Hamline University
and Sunday, October 13, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, at the Science Museum of Minnesota (includes a tour of the Maya exhibition). Cost and registration details will be available very soon.


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Symposium: Resilience and Sustainability

Symposium: Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures? Thursday-Saturday, November 7-9, University of Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota. This conference for scholars in archaeology, earth sciences, climate studies, and sustainability studies will explore new ways of thinking about knowledge production in areas that cut across all these fields. Participants will focus on opportunities for collaboration in research that will contribute to enhanced understandings of past, present, and future aspects of survival and sustainability. The conference will be open to the public.  Register for the conference here.

Roland Fletcher

Roland Fletcher

Lecture: LiDAR, Water and the Demise of Greater Angkor, Roland Fletcher, Director of the Greater Angkor Project, and Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia.
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 4:00 pmCowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Professor Fletcher will give the keynote talk for the Symposium: Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures?

Patricia McAnany

Lecture: Heritage without Irony: Archaeologists, Indigenous Mayan Communities & the Democratization of Knowledge. Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Friday, November 8, 7:30 PM
112 Anderson Center, Hamline University

Simon Martin

Simon Martin

Lecture: Hierarchy and Hegemony in the Classic Maya World. Simon Martin, Associate Curator, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Friday, December 6, 7:30 PM
112 Anderson Center, Hamline University

Workshop: Simon Martin, The Serpent Story: Deciphering a Major Maya Kingdom.
Saturday, December 7, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
304 Anderson Center, Hamline University

No advanced registration is required for the lectures and half-day workshops.

General admission is: $5 lectures, $10 half-day workshops. All students (middle-school through post-secondary) can attend any event for free. SMM staff and volunteers can attend all of the lectures for free. There is a special Maya Society membership for 2013-14 that includes all lectures and half-day workshops (June 2013 through April 2014). Cost: Individual = $50; Household = $80. It can be purchased at the door of any of the events (cash or check payable to the Maya Society).

Special registration information and fees for the November Maya/Sustainability Symposium  is available here.

Past Events

JUNE 2013

jaime-awe-2013 Maya

Lecture: Ancient Maya Cave Rituals in Western Belize: Evidence for Human Response to Environmental Change. Jaime Awe, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Belize.
Friday, June 21, 7:30 PM
112 Anderson Student Center, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. 

Workshop: Jaime Awe, Forms and Function of Preclassic Maya Figurines from Cahal Pech, Belize.
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
304 Anderson Center, Hamline University

JULY 2013


Lecture: Thirty Years of Research at Caracol, Belize: Maya Archaeology in Long-Term Perspective. Diane Z. Chase, Pegasus Professor of Anthropology, Executive Vice Provost, University of Central Florida. Arlen Chase, Pegasus Professor and Chair of Anthropology Department, University of Central Florida.

Friday, July 19, 7:30 PM
118 Drew Science Center, Hamline University

Workshop: Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase, Maya Religion as Viewed Through the Archaeological Record of Caracol, Belize.
Saturday, July 20, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
118 Drew Science Center, Hamline University


Heather Hurst
Heather Hurst

Lecture: The Artists of Xultun: Recent Discoveries of Maya Mural Paintings. Heather Hurst, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Skidmore College.
Friday, September 20, 7:30 PM
112 Anderson Center, Hamline University

Workshop: Heather Hurst, Maya Mural Painting Workshop: The Bonampak and San Bartolo Murals.
Saturday, September, 21, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Anderson Center, Hamline University

Questions? Contact the Maya Society at or 612-625-8606 (Phyllis Messenger, IAS).

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Cosponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Hamline University and the Maya Society of Minnesota.