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News Dr. Anthony F. Aveni Discusses The End of Time, September 13

MARLBORO, VT- (August 31, 2010) - Marlboro College will host a lecture by Dr. Anthony F. Aveni, author of the 2009 book, The End of the Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012 (University of Colorado Press), on Monday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in Ragle Hall.

The internet, bookshelves and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories and predictions that the date December 21, 2012 marks the end of the world. Whether the end will result from the magnetic realignment of the north and south poles, bringing floods, earthquakes, death, and destruction; or from the return of alien caretakers to enlighten or enslave us; or from a global awakening, a sudden evolution of Homo sapiens into non-corporeal beings-theories of great, impending changes abound.

InThe End of Time, Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers. He probes the latest information astronomers and earth scientists have gathered on the likelihood of Armageddon and the oft-proposed link between the Maya Long Count cycle and the precession of the equinoxes. He then expands on these prophecies to include the broader context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the end of things and speculates on why cataclysmic events in human history have such a strong appeal within American pop culture.

Dr. Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. He has edited or authored over two dozen book on ancient astronomy and is considered one of the founders of Mesoamerican archaeoastronomy, in particular for his research in the astronomical history of the Maya Indians of ancient Mexico.

Copies of The End of Time will be available for sale during the lecture. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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