Greetings, Chautauqua Participants!

Our Chautauqua short courses now must be self-supporting.  The National Science Foundation supported this program for 19 consecutive years through 2007.  Since that time we have received no funding from NSF or any other institution.  Because of this fact, each short course must require a $100 registration fee and an additional course fee to help cover costs.

We hope that you will consider these excellent learning opportunities.  Please help us spread the word about our short courses and share this information with friends or colleagues who may be interested.

NOTE: An individual may participate in more than one short course. Also high school teachers and retired faculty, as well as adult companions, are welcome in these courses. 

Please contact us if you have questions.

Thank you,

Gail Seale

Coordinator

 

 

 

 

2014 Chautauqua Short Course Program

Sponsored by

Center for STEM Education

The University of Texas at Austin

James P. Barufaldi, Ph.D., Director

Center for STEM Education

E-mail: jamesb@austin.utexas.edu

 

Additional information contact:

Gail Seale, Coordinator

Phone: 512-232-6202

Email: gails@austin.utexas.edu

 

NOTE: We encourage early registration so we may confirm that a course as “made,” as soon as possible. Early registration enables participants to purchase less expensive airline tickets and request travel support from their institutions. To reserve your space, a $100 registration fee must be sent in advance to Dr. James P. Barufaldi, Center for STEM Education, 1912 Speedway #340 (D5500), UT Austin, Austin, TX 78712. In the event a course does not make, the registration and course fees are refunded or may be transferred to another course (IF cancellation is at least one month prior to course date).

NOTE: Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

 

 

The Ancient Pyramids of Peru
Dr. Ed Barnhart, Maya Exploration Center
Date:  July 1-7, 2014

Note: Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Lima, Peru.  A course fee to cover in-country costs for lodging, transportation, breakfasts, and entry fees, estimated at $1600, will be paid by the participants.  Meals during the week and other incidentals will cost and an estimated additional $250.

To reserve your space, a $100 registration fee must be sent in advance to Dr. James P. Barufaldi, Chautauqua Field Director's Office, UT Austin (D5500), Austin, TX 78712.

NOTE: Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin.



Did you know that along Peru’s north coast stand pyramids older than the ones in Egypt?  Starting at about 4000 BC and continuing right up through the arrival of the Spanish in 1528, a continuum of marvelous cultures lived along the coast and built one incredible city after another.  This course will travel through those lands, learning about the Chimu, the Moche and the many unnamed cultures that came before them.  Participants will not only learn about their cities, but also their religion, their mastery of metallurgy, and the richest royal tombs ever found in the Western Hemisphere.

Every day of the course will involve field trips to ruins or museums and most evenings will have lectures to further explain the area’s history.  The course will begin and end in Lima, Peru, following the coast up through the ancient cities of Caral and Sechin to the modern city of Trujillo.  From a base in Trujillo, the course will visit the gigantic Chimu city of Chan Chan and the Moche pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.  Traveling yet further north, the course will stop at Huaca Prieta, recently discovered to be the oldest pyramid in the world, and the Moche site of Huaca del Brujo on the way to Chiclayo.  The course’s final day will be spent touring the spectacular royal tomb exhibits of the Lords of Sipan Museum and the ruins of the Lambayeque culture.  Early that evening a flight from Chiclayo will bring the group back to Lima for midnight flights back to the USA.   

For people with an interest in: botany, biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology, art, history, art history, sociology, philosophy and other related social sciences fields.

Prerequisites: While not required, participants are encouraged to have at least some knowledge of the history of ancient Peru.  Dr. Ed Barnhart can recommend readings for those interested in learning more before the trip.  Day trips will involve hiking around in the hot desert and climbing the steps up the sides of pyramids.  While it will not be physically challenging, participants in weak physical condition are encouraged to build strength and stamina before the trip.

Dr. Barnhart has worked in Mexico and Central America for the last twenty-five years as an archaeologist, an explorer and an instructor.  During his four years as the student of Dr. Linda Schele (world renowned for finally breaking the Maya code of hieroglyphics in 1973) he developed a strong background in Maya hieroglyphics, iconography and archaeoastronomy.  From 1998 to 2000 he was the Director of the Palenque Mapping Project, an archaeological survey that discovered over 1000 new structures in the Maya ruins of Palenque.  He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, and is now the Director of the Maya Exploration Center, a non-profit research center based in Austin, Texas and Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.  In 2013 his 24-lecture Great Courses series entitled “Lost Worlds of South America” was released and very well received.  He is currently investigating archaeoastronomy and ancient geometry in the ruins of Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.  Visit www.mayaexploration.org for more information about Dr. Barnhart and the Maya Exploration Center.

  

 

Easter Island – Mysteries of the Moai and the Demise of Rapa Nui
Dr. Ed Barnhart, Maya Exploration Center
Date:  June 25 - 30, 2014

Note: Participants will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Easter Island.  A course fee to cover in-country costs for lodging, transportation, breakfasts, and entry fees, estimated at $1600, will be paid by the participants.  Meals during the week and other incidentals will cost and an estimated additional $250.

To reserve your space, a $100 registration fee must be sent in advance to Dr. James P. Barufaldi, Chautauqua Field Director's Office, UT Austin (D5500), Austin, TX 78712.

NOTE: Proceeds may be used in general support of the College of Education, the University of Texas at Austin.

  

 

Travel to one of the most remote archaeological sites in the world – Easter Island – for a first hand investigation of its incredible statues, called Moai.  Books depict but a few of the over 900 Moai on the island.  During the week course participants will study these huge statues, asking how they were carved, moved and mounted in place.  Their purpose and potential links to ancient astronomy and mathematics will also be pondered.

But the Moai are but one aspect of Easter Island.  Course participants will also peer into the craters of volcanoes and seek the places where the Moai volcanic stone was quarried.  A series of caves will be explored – the places where ancient warrior rituals took place and later generations hid from slaver boats.  There is also a tragic environmental history of the island to be explored.  To transport and erect the Moai, the ancient population cut down every single tree and inadvertently made their home uninhabitable.

It will be a short, but activity packed course.  As Dr. Barnhart’s courses so often do, it’s sure to provide revelations that only a travel course can.  Flights to Easter Island route through Santiago, Chile or Lima, Peru, either of which are ideal locations for participants to extend their own travel plans.

For people with an interest in: botany, biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology, art, history, art history, sociology, philosophy and other related social sciences fields.

Prerequisites: While not required, participants are encouraged to have at least some knowledge of the history and ecology of Easter Island.  Dr. Ed Barnhart can recommend readings for those interested in learning more before the trip.  Both the hikes in the volcanic regions and the island may involve hours of walking.  While it will not be physically challenging, participants in weak physical condition are encouraged to build strength and stamina before the trip.

Dr. Barnhart has worked in Mexico and Central America for the last twenty-five years as an archaeologist, an explorer and an instructor.  During his four years as the student of Dr. Linda Schele (world renowned for finally breaking the Maya code of hieroglyphics in 1973) he developed a strong background in Maya hieroglyphics, iconography and archaeoastronomy.  From 1998 to 2000, he was the Director of the Palenque Mapping Project, an archaeological survey that discovered over 1000 new structures in the Maya ruins of Palenque.  He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, and is now the Director of the Maya Exploration Center, a non-profit research center based in Austin, Texas and Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico.  In 2013, his 24-lecture Great Courses series entitled “Lost Worlds of South America” was released and very well received.  He is currently investigating archaeoastronomy and ancient geometry in the ruins of Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia.  Visit www.mayaexploration.org for more information about Dr. Barnhart and the Maya Exploration Center.

 
Last updated on October 23, 2013


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