Sustainability, Maya Focus of Termini Lecture

Dr. Cynthia Robin will present her research on the sustainable social and agricultural practices of the ancient Maya at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the 2012 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture in Room 204 of the Architecture Building. Her talk is titled, “A Good Society: Sustainability Among the Ancient Maya.”

Robin has spent more than a decade investigating the rich and varied lives of commoners in ancient Maya society. Her research seeks to document the manner in which ordinary people made a difference in the past, and were not merely the pawns of history.

Since 2002, Robin has led an international team of researchers at the Chan site, a small civic center in the eastern Maya Lowlands. The Chan site was home to a tight-knit community of farmers who survived and thrived for roughly 2,000 years as Maya kingdoms rose and fell around them.

Robin will discuss the sustainable social and agricultural practices of the Chan community, and outline some lessons for the present.

Robin is a professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and the director of the multi-disciplinary Chan Archaeological Project in Belize.

The lecture is free to the public and is presented by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology with the generous support of Drs. Ben and Trudy Termini.

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