Braunstein Symposium

Event Details

January 18 - 19, 2014
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
Cost: $75.00 (includes symposium, breakfasts, lunches, drinks, and snacks)

The Braunstein Symposium will again be hosted by the Michael and Mannetta Braunstein Foundation for Pre-Columbian Studies and UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art. This weekend long gathering of in-depth talks and discussions will feature papers by six researchers in Pre- Columbian archaeology/anthropology. Titled "Artistic Programs and Classic Maya Architecture: Recent Discoveries and Interpretations," the focus is on newly excavated temple facades, murals and ritual deposits at El Zotz, Holmul and other sites in the El Peten. Speakers will discuss architectural features and related symbolism, with time allotted for in-depth discussions.

As an educational entity, The Symposium endeavors to generate relevant interest among a wide spectrum of the public and academics alike; seeking a broad approach to exploring the subject matter. The purpose of The Symposium is to emphasize the importance of studying ancient Maya culture to gain knowledge and understanding of their once great civilization; to discover their world class cultural achievements, religious beliefs, science and technological, and to piece together their nearly forgotten history.


  • Marcello Canuto, Director, Middle American Research Institute at Tulane; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University
  • Francisco Estrada-Belli, Tulane and Boston University; President, Maya Archaeology Initiative Antigua, Guatemala
  • Tom Garrison, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California
  • Sarah Newman, Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
  • Edwin Roman, Graduate Student, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
  • Karl Taube, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside


  • Rhonda Taube, Associate Professor, Department of Art, Riverside City College