Author Archive: Elizabeth O'Grady

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ROM for the Holidays: more than just family fun

Posted: December 30, 2012 - 11:20 , by Elizabeth O'Grady
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As a kid, I took my Christmas list very seriously. As an adult, I've realized that the greatest gifts are...you know. 

“What is it with you gringos and 2012?”

Posted: April 4, 2012 - 09:21 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Dr. Anthony Aveni uses what we have learned about the Maya calendar and what we know about astronomy to debunk irrational predictions about the year 2012

The question above was asked of Colgate University professor Dr. Anthony Aveni, one of the pioneers in the field of archaeoastronomy (the study of the astronomy and related beliefs of ancient cultures), when he was talking to a Maya friend in the course of his research.

A Magical Place named Wide Waters

Posted: April 2, 2012 - 09:18 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

On a chilly February evening, Dr. David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin shared his enthusiasm for the Maya site of Palenque, and took the ROM audience to a very different time and place.

A Tale of Two Cities

Posted: February 13, 2012 - 14:48 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Dr. Helen R. Haines has discovered many things in her years of digging, measuring and mapping the remnants of the ancient Maya culture. However, it would be a mistake to assume that what she uncovers relates only to peoples of the distant past. Sometimes, what we learn about them reveals equally as much about us.

“They Were Hoist By their Own Petard”

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 16:02 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

They organized extravagant spectacles, each more lavish than the next. They built imposing monuments, ever larger to outdo their predecessors and rivals. Over centuries, the Maya leaders elevated themselves far above their subjects. Yet in the end, these all-powerful rulers were caught in a trap of their own making.

Picture of a maya party event

“Mexico must open its windows but protect its roof”

Posted: November 16, 2011 - 09:01 , by Elizabeth O'Grady

Mexican statesman and writer Dr. Carlos Fuentes has been opening windows onto his country’s politics and culture since the 1950s. Author of numerous books and essays, he has taught, lectured and received awards and recognition worldwide.