The End of the World as We Know It: Albion Professors Dissect '12/21'
It's not a news flash, say Albion physics professor Nicolle Zellner and anthropology professor Brad Chase: the world will not end on December 21, 2012. The pair recently teamed up for a public presentation of how research and science make the case for December 22, this year and years to come.
Berkey Takes a Bow After 35 (and a Half) Great Years
Professor of sociology Len Berkey distinctly remembers where his career path started, at a community pool in Washington, Pennsylvania. "I was 15 years old, sitting with some friends and looking at girls," he recalls. "There were hundreds of people, and suddenly everyone got out of the pool when three little African-American kids came to swim. That left a mark—I just had to figure this out and do something about it. It's driven me my whole career."
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 Mourns Passing of Former Anthropology Professor
Elizabeth Brumfiel, who served as professor of anthropology at Albion College from 1977-2003, passed away Jan. 1.
Brumfiel, who was named the John S. Ludington Endowed Professor at Albion in 1996, was well known for conducting an archaeological project at the site of Xaltocan in Mexico. A professor at Northwestern University following Albion, she served as an editor on a number of books, including, most recently, Gender, Households, and Society (2010); Specialization, Exchange, and Complex Societies (2008), and The Aztec World (2008). For the latter book, Brumfiel was the lead curator for a similarly named exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago.