Events for Museum Studies Week at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, to be held on September 25 – 27, are open to the public and are free of charge. All events will take place in the college’s Cole Cinema:
Tuesday, September 25, at 4:15 p.m.: “New Age Meets Old Age: How Colonial Williamsburg Handled the Great Unification,” a talk led by Andrew Edwards, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation archaeologist. Prophecies reveal that the keys to world peace lie buried in the Bruton Parish Church yard in Williamsburg, Va. But is it really true? Edwards describes how the foundation responded to one group who conducted midnight digs in search of the utopian scrolls.
Wednesday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m.: “Fireballs from Heaven, Roller Coaster Climate Change, Emerging Infectious Diseases, or Men with Spears: Explaining Ice Age Extinctions,” a discussion led by Ross Macphee, American Museum of Natural History. Learn how scientists use fossils to search for pre-historic causes of extinction; the ultimate in species apocalypse!
Thursday, September 27, at 4:15 p.m.: “Apocalypse Shmapocalypse: A semi-serious look at the Maya, 2012, and the rapidly approaching end of the world,” a discussion led by Cristin Cash, St. Mary’s College of Maryland associate professor of art history. Join Cash for an overview of the Mayan predictions that have everyone checking their calendars.