followed by Panel Discussion with Jean Molesky-Poz, Isabel Hawkins, Maya Elder Tata Jose Soc Chivalan, and Shannon Kring Buset
Sunday September 30, 2012
New Venture Hall
The Film -- 2012: The Beginning
December 21, 2012. This date, identified by the Maya more than 1,400 years ago, has in recent years become the source of great curiosity and debate. Some believe it will bring catastrophic events -- others, an era of enlightenment. But what did the ancient Maya themselves believe? 2012: The Beginning travels the world to examine what the sacred Maya texts really say.
Throughout, the journey is guided by noted archaeologists, scholars, and the living Maya, who take viewers into the field—to the very origins of the Maya Long Count calendar—and into their lives and sacred ceremonies. Together, these people from very different worlds shed light on a date that has long been shrouded in mystery and intrigue.
Jean Molesky-Poz: Author and Lecturer
Isabel Hawkins Ph.D.: Astronomer and Educator
Tata Jose Soc Chivalan: Maya Elder
Shannon Kring Buset: Writer, Director, and Producer
Dr. Michael Grofe: Maya Hieroglyphic and Archaeoastronomy Specialist