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Lydia Rodriguez

Often Misunderstood Today, Mayans Did Not Predict 2012 Apocalypse

— from UVA Today

The rock band REM may have sung, "It's the end of the world as we know it," but not according to the Mayans, despite some popular misconceptions about their ancient calendar.

Students in a University of Virginia summer course on "The Maya Today: Fiction and Reality" learned why the notion that pre-Columbian Mayans predicted the end of the world would happen Dec. 12, 2012, is all wrong. They learned not only the facts behind this misinterpretation, but also the basics of the complicated calendar system the Maya developed....(Read more)

Rose Wellman, Lydia Rodriguez: Co-winners of 2011-12 Best Dissertation Chapter Award

— from Eve Danziger

Warmest congratulations to Lydia Rodriguez and Rose Wellman, who are the joint winners of the 2011-12 UVa Anthropology Department Award for Best Dissertation Chapter.

The two main criteria which guided the judges' decision process were 1) the clarity of each writer's main ideas and arguments and 2) the significance of the work to anthropology as a whole, considering its portability to other ethnographic contexts. The two winners did exceptionally well in each of these two categories. The judges also considered each submission's use of literature, definitions of key terms, accessibility to non-specialists, and interest for the reader, with respect to the question "Would I like to read more of this dissertation?" For each submission - not only the winners' - the judges answered this last question in the affirmative. The judges commend the writers for their efforts and look forward to reading their future contributions to the discipline of anthropology.


Lydia Rodriguez Receives 2012-2013 Grant Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

— from Eve Danziger

Congratulations to write-up student Lydia Rodriguez, who has been awarded a 2012-13 Graduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities, in the Scholar's Lab at Alderman Library.

Well done Lydia!




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