Albion Astronomer, Anthropologist Discuss '12/21' in Open Lectures

Albion College professors and a guest speaker shed light on "Myths and Mayhem: Maya Calendars, Astronomy and the End of the World" in two interactive presentations at Albion College. Physics professor Nicolle Zellner and anthropology professor Brad Chase answer questions submitted via Facebook in a session Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 112. University of Illinois anthropologist Joel Palka follows up with information about the Maya and their astronomy knowledge on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Norris Science Center Room 102.

Zellner and Chase join forces to give straight answers to questions from the public about astronomy, cosmology, Maya anthropology and what the Maya knew and believed about the end of the world. The pair has established a Facebook site to collect questions they will answer during their November 12 presentation, www.facebook.com/2012Answers.

Palka is a professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He studies unconquered Lacandon Maya in the remote rainforests of Guatemala and Mexico, and has assisted Albion College with cataloging Lacandon data gathered by alumnus Marvin Vann, '40. Palka's research has been funded by National Geographic and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website www.facebook.com/2012Answers or contact Zellner at or 517/629-0465.