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World Food Fundraiser, Free Lecture Launches Maya Apocalypse Series


Before the predictions come to pass, Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is presenting a series on the Maya culture and its prophesies about the end of the world. The Center will launch the series in conjunction with a fundraising event featuring international cuisine.


“Maya Countdown to the Apocalypse: An Exploration of Maya Culture and Preoccupation with the Measurement of Time” is being offered in partnership with the Penn Museum’s International Classroom program. The series’ first installment will be preceded by a feast that will serve as a fundraiser for Center programming.


The series will feature University of Pennsylvania anthropologists discussing various aspects of Maya culture, including the importance placed on time and calendars. The series was inspired by the Penn Museum exhibit “Maya 2012: Lords of Time,” which can be experienced through Jan. 13.


Scheduled are:


● Oct. 4, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.: “Exploring the World through Food,” which will include Mayan, Mediterranean and Jamaican/Caribbean cuisine and culminate with a Mayan chocolate fountain. There is a $25 charge for this event, and only those aged 21 or older may attend.


● Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: “Not Your Mother’s Hot Chocolate: Chocolate’s Ancient Origins and Tasty Tales with Elin Danien. Free and open to all ages.


● Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: “The Calendar of Kings: Time and the Ancient Maya” with Simon Martin, co-curator of the exhibit. Free and open to all ages.


● Oct. 25, 7 p.m.: “Encounters with the Lords of Time” with Loa Traxler, co-curator of the exhibit. Free and open to all ages.


In addition to community members, this series is recommended for local educators as each installment will provide them with classroom perspectives and the chance to earn New Jersey professional development credit. All events will take place in the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus, which is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


To attend, contact (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or

Published: October 01, 2012