Albion Astronomer, Anthropologist Discuss '12/21' in Open Lectures
Albion College professors and a guest speaker shed light on "Myths and Mayhem: Maya Calendars, Astronomy and the End of the World" in two interactive presentations at Albion College. Physics professor Nicolle Zellner and anthropology professor Brad Chase answer questions submitted via Facebook in a session Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 112. University of Illinois anthropologist Joel Palka follows up with information about the Maya and their astronomy knowledge on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Norris Science Center Room 102.
Zellner and Chase join forces to give straight answers to questions from the public about astronomy, cosmology, Maya anthropology and what the Maya knew and believed about the end of the world. The pair has established a Facebook site to collect questions they will answer during their November 12 presentation, www.facebook.com/2012Answers.
Palka is a professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He studies unconquered Lacandon Maya in the remote rainforests of Guatemala and Mexico, and has assisted Albion College with cataloging Lacandon data gathered by alumnus Marvin Vann, '40. Palka's research has been funded by National Geographic and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website www.facebook.com/2012Answers or contact Zellner at
Albion Review Seeks Submissions from Area Undergrads
Undergraduate authors, poets and two-dimensional artists are invited to submit works for publication in The Albion Review, Albion College's literary journal. Deadline for submission for the 2013 Review is October 26.
The Albion Review has been published nationally since 2004. It includes works of poetry, prose and art by emerging undergraduate talents and members of the greater Albion community. Contributors must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student at any college or university and must not have already obtained an undergraduate degree.
The deadline for submissions is October 28, 2011. For more information on the Albion Review, visit http://campus.albion.edu/albionreview/. And for questions or more information on the submission process, email
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Explains the 'Origin of Elements'
Where did the stuff everything is made of, come from? A for-the-public explanation of the origin of chemical elements comes to Albion, as Albion College welcomes physicist Wick Haxton Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. in the Norris Science Center Towsley Hall. Haxton's presentation to Albion is sponsored by the national Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar program, intended to bring the country's top scholars into public forums.
Whitehouse Tells 'Haunted Houses' Tales for Albion College Odd Topics
Reported by Johanna Schulte, '15
The October Odd Topics Society Luncheon is scheduled to be held at noon on Wednesday, October 24. Jim Whitehouse ’69, discusses “Haunting Houses.” It will be an examination of how people relate to their homes.
Whitehouse has been a newspaper columnist for 25 years, writing two humor columns each week for a number of newspapers in southern Michigan. He attended Albion College and received his J.D. from the University of Toledo. He practiced law in Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties for 20 years and worked as a Major Gift and Planned Giving fundraiser for another 20 years.
The Odd Topics Society provides individuals with an opportunity to share their more unusual interests with others. The Society meets for lunch at noon in the Mary Sykes Dining Room in Baldwin Hall on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The discussions are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. Reservations are not required. For more information, please contact Albion College library director Cheryl Blackwell at 517/629-0447 or