Monday, 28 October 2019: “Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare”

Monday, 28 October 2019: “Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare” October 19, 2019

 

I wish that I could be there.
The poster for next week’s lecture

 

From Book of Mormon Central, regarding a lecture to be given on the Brigham Young University campus on Monday, 28 October 2019:

 

“Dr. Stephen Houston Speaking on Mayan Warfare at BYU”

 

Although he is not and has never been a Latter-day Saint, Professor Houston taught at BYU from 1994-2004, before joining the faculty at Brown University.  I had occasional interactions with him during that time, and I was privileged to look over one or two Mesoamerican sites with him while I made a brief visit to Mexico and Guatemala many years ago.  He is an extraordinary scholar and a very decent fellow.

 

I hope that some of you will be able to attend his presentation of the inaugural John L. Sorenson Lecture, for which the chosen title is “Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare.”  I myself will, unfortunately, be unable to attend.

 

***

 

I like to be of help, and so, whenever I see a story that some of my readers might be able to include in their Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File, I share it.  Here’s one such:

 

“Latter-day Saint leaders lend support in humanitarian effort and meet government leaders in Texas and Arizona: When 48,000 asylum seekers needed help, a coalition of 40 churches, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came to their aid.”

 

And here is an overlapping story:

 

“Apostles of Jesus Christ Minister in Southwest United States: Elder Rasband visits Arizona, Elder Soares travels to Texas”

 

I saw some discussion a few days ago about supposed anti-Catholicism among current Latter-day Saints and their leaders, so the account of Elder Soares’s visit to Texas was especially welcome.

 

***

 

There is an explicit Latter-day Saint connection here, but I have resolved not to comment.  I simply pass on links to two articles that I believe some of this blog’s readers will find interesting:

 

“Trump’s Court Artist: Jon McNaughton once painted landscapes and religious scenes. Now he’s focused on reverently depicting the Trump era for future generations.”

 

“Might even ‘Trump’s Court Artist’ (per The Atlantic) have a sense of humor?”

 

And here is another LDS-related art story.  A rather curious one:

 

“A Massive Sculpture of an African American Last Supper, Hidden for Years, Has Been Discovered in Columbia Heights: Joy Zinoman found quite a surprise when work began on Studio Acting Conservatory’s new building.”

 

***

 

Finally, here’s a link to a book review by Stephen Smoot.  I expect that some out there will find this worthwhile and will perhaps want to go on, as I hope to do, to read the book itself:

 

“Review: New Book Explores How the Book of Mormon Counters Anti-Semitism”

 

 

"Regarding the NAS statement, remember that Carroll alleged it was made partly for political and ..."

The religious faith of two Nobel ..."
"And why on earth would it not be??"

“Science and Mormonism”
"Regarding the NAS statement, remember that Carroll alleged it was made partly for political and ..."

The religious faith of two Nobel ..."
"From Wikipedia, I count about 385 million Muslims in the 22 member states of the ..."

A few Arabic/Islamic factoids

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Latter-day Saint
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment