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Vital Signs: The Visual Cultures of Maya Writing

April 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT


Stephen D. Houston explores the complex system of Maya writing from ancient Mexico and Central America in this six-part series.

Maya writing of ancient Mexico and Central America represents a system of script and picture that never quite split apart yet never quite fused. In clouding such boundaries, text and image confound the idea of representation, and thus question distinctions between written records, depiction, and life itself. Recent decipherments of the script bring unexpected views to the surface, allowing worlds long silent to disclose their secrets.

The lectures will be held over six consecutive Sundays from April 16 to May 21, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium and streamed on YouTube Live. Registration is free but required on our website.


April 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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