Carnegie Mellon University
November 21, 2011

Media Advisory: CMU's Center for the Arts in Society To Present "Maya Apocalypse: 1562 or 2012?"

Contact: Shilo Rea / 412-268-6094 /

Event: The debate over the Maya doomsday prediction — that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012 — has become an international industry. But was there really an ancient Maya prophecy that the world would end in 2012? If not, how did 2012ology come about?

Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society will host Amara Solari and Matthew Restall, both history professors at Penn State University, to discuss the Mayan Apocalypse, and they will emphasize the surprising role played by 16th century Spaniards.

Solari and Restall are co-authors of “2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya Apocalypse,” which Booklists’s David Pitt called “a much-needed breath of fresh, rational air. A welcome counterpoint to the seemingly endless end-of-the-world tomes, this well-documented, well-presented book explores the origins of the alleged Mayan prediction.”

This event is free and open to the public.

When:  6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28
Where: Rangos 1, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University

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