Cal State L.A.’s Mesoamerican Symposium to bring together scholars, academics in honor of the late Linda Schele

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Symposium to feature pre-Columbian art exhibit from a rarely seen private collection

What:  Cal State L.A.’s Art History Society presents the 2015 Mesoamerican Symposium, “In the Realm of the Vision Serpent: Decipherments and Discoveries in Mesoamerica.” The symposium will feature leading scholars in the field, as well as an exhibit of rarely displayed pre-Columbian works of art.

Who:  The symposium is dedicated to the life and work of Linda Schele, a renowned scholar of Maya art and writing. Schele, who passed away in 1988, was a leader in the effort to decode Maya hieroglyphics and made lasting contributions to the field of Mesoamerican studies. Symposium speakers include: David Stuart, of the University of Texas at Austin; Mary Miller, of Yale University; Karl Taube, of the University of California at Riverside; Manuel Aguilar, of Cal State L.A., and others.

When:  Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Golden Eagle Ballroom at Cal State L.A.  

More:  The accompanying art exhibit, “Eternal Realms of Revelry: The MAW Collection of Pre-Columbian Art,” features nearly 100 ceramic figures and vessels on display for the first time in Los Angeles. The artifacts were acquired over the last 30 years by a Los Angeles-area collector. The exhibit is curated by John Pohl, of Cal State L.A., and will be displayed April 10 through May 2 at the University’s Fine Arts Gallery in the Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Cal State L.A. is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. The address is 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, 90032. Public (permit dispensers) parking is available on the top level of Parking Structure C. For campus maps and directions:

Info:  General admission to the symposium is $15, $10 for students. To register, please email: For additional symposium details visit:

Photo: Artifacts to be included in “Eternal Realms of Revelry: The MAW Collection of Pre-Columbian Art” exhibit at Cal State L.A. (Photos: courtesy of Manuel Aguilar)

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