Antiquity and Continuity
Tue, June 7, 2005 • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM • GBA
Egyptian pyramids. The Ramayana. Mayan temples. Scythian mummies. Ancient cultures are often presented, in our textbooks and classrooms, as civilizations that reached their height long ago, with little emphasis on the endurance of traditions. Although we are separated from "ancient" cultures by 500 to 5000 years, our lives today are marked by their presence. We can better understand the fabric of contemporary culture by studying the threads that weave us together with our past.Join Hemispheres for a four-day workshop exploring the relationship of continuity and change from the ancient period to the modern era. Help your students to comprehend the transition from ancient to contemporary world cultures by addressing how cultural beliefs and values adapt to, modify, and transcend shifting historical eras, political powers, and global systems. We can enhance our understanding of contemporary traditions by studying their origins, by finding relics of the past in modern cultures. Ancient cultures contributed to major intellectual developments within societies and to the evolution of global processes. It is through our increasing understanding of human accomplishment throughout history that we can find the relationship between antiquity and current-day societies. The workshop will be held June 7-10 on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The $75 non-refundable registration fee includes coffee, snacks, some lunches, handouts, parking, field trip transportation and entry fees. Registration is limited to 40 participants on a first-paid, first-registered basis. The registration deadline is May 20. Register early to ensure your place!