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Tulane Maya Symposium Program

17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium


Thursday March 5

Talk and Reception

Mexican Cultural Institute
Suite 118
901 Convention Center Blvd.(entrance on Andrew Higgins Blvd.)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Hidden Landscapes of the Ancient Maya
Melissa Galvan, Tulane University

This event is free and open to the public.


Friday March 6


AfterCLASS New Orleans
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003

Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs Workshop
This workshop is open to all registrants. It will focus on the basics of Maya hieroglyphic writing.

10:00 am – 10:15 am
Welcome Remarks

10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs, part I
Luke Auld-Thomas & Emily Davis-Hale, Tulane University

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs, part II
Luke Auld-Thomas & Emily Davis-Hale, Tulane University

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
K-12 Educators Workshop



Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans
900 Camp St.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
And a Good Time Was Had by All: Alcohol and Feasting in Mesoamerica
Dorie Reents-Budet, Department of Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The keynote address is free and open to the public.


Saturday March 7


Freeman Auditorium
Tulane University
7018 Plum St.

8:00 am
Registration & Check-in
Light breakfast and coffee provided.

8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Marcello Canuto, Director, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University

9:00 am
Ceren's Subsistence Surprises
Payson Sheets, University of Colorado, Boulder

9:40 am
Spicy, Sweet, Weedy, and Wild: Ancient Maya Cuisine as Told by the Archaeobotanical Record
Clarissa Cagnato, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne

10:20 am
Coffee Break

10:40 am
Maya Culinary Realms and Mesoamerican Use and Exchange of Cacao
Kathryn Sampeck, Illinois State University and Harvard University

11:20 am
Tobacco Before the Dark Age of the Marlboro Man
Jennifer Loughmiller-Cardinal, SUNY Albany

12:00 pm
Lunch will be served in Dinwiddie Hall, 1st floor
6823 St. Charles Ave.

2:00 pm
Eating, Isotopes, and the Ancient Maya
Lori Wright, Texas A&M University

2:40 pm
Where the Wild Things Were: Animals in Ancient Maya Diet, Economy, and Exchange
Erin Thornton, Washington State University

3:20 pm
Coffee Break

3:40 pm
Maya Food Justice and the Memory of Meals
Chelsea Fisher, Washington and Lee University

4:20 pm
God Food: Ritual Alimentation of Ch'orti' Deities
Kerry Hull, Brigham Young University

6:00 pm
6330 St Charles Ave.


Sunday March 8

Dinwiddie Hall
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave.


9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hieroglyphic Forum

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
New Perspectives on Subsistence Practices in the Formative Andes
Jason Nesbitt, Tulane University

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Box lunches will be provided on the 3rd floor of Dinwiddie Hall to those who ordered them on the registration form. The M.A.R.I. Gallery will be open for viewing throughout the lunch break.


Workshop Set I

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Lordly Drinks: Regional Variation in Classic Maya Elite Beverages
Alexandre Tokovinine, The University of Alabama

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Beyond How Many? and How Big? Assessing Ceramic Indicators of Feasting (hands-on workshop)
Caroline Parris, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University

Workshop Set II

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction to the Ch’orti Maya Language
Kerry Hull, Brigham Young University

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Sustenance of Life for the Maya (hands-on workshop in Spanish)
Ixnal Ambrocia Cuma, Tulane University