Thursday, May 03, 2012

De Young Talks About the Ancient Maya at OFTA on May 9, 2012

 The Wednesday, May 9, 2012   10:00 AM gathering of OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) at the Buchanan Center for the Arts will feature an illustrated talk by Dr. Jim De Young, titled “The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Maya.”

Dr. De Young has had a life-long interest in ancient cultures and in the past two years he and his wife have traveled twice to the Yucatan where they visited the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum.

Dr. De Young and his wife Jan at the Mayan city of Tulum in January, 2012

His lecture will cover some of the main ceremonial buildings built by the Mayans and the decorative elements used on and around those structures. You’ll get a little bit of history, plenty of colorful photos,
and some bloodcurdling stories of human sacrifice.

The famous Sacred Cenote or Well at Chichen Itza supposedly the site of human sacrifice .

The Buchanan Center for the Arts is located on the main square in downtown Monmouth, IL. Admission to all OFTA programs is free of charge and complimentary refreshments are available. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and last about an hour.

Professor De Young taught at and was the director of the Monmouth College Theatre from 1963-2002.

He holds a B.A. from Beloit College, an MA from Bowling Green State U, and a PhD in Theatre History and Comparative Drama from the University of Minnesota. His book, London Theatre Walks, is currently in its second edition. He has been a community arts supporter throughout his career. He has served on the Board of Directors and been the Director of Advocacy for the Illinois Theatre Association. Locally, he was one of the founders of the Buchanan Center for the Arts and currently serves on the board of directors of the Warren County Historical Society.

1 comment:

Susan said...

"bloodcurdling stories of human sacrifice"? What a PR guy you are, DeYoung!