Astronomy and Ancient Cultures of North America

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 19 – July 24

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Lee Minnerly

Human beings have observed celestial phenomena and incorporated them into religious, economic, social, and political life for millenia. This seminar explores some of the relationships of ancient astronomy and cultural behavior evident at archaeological sites in North America, including medicine wheels, Hopewell earthworks, the great population center of Cahokia, and Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Skidi Pawnee cosmology will also be discussed as an important example of ethnoastronomy.

Lee Minnerly holds an M.A. in anthropology, teaches adult education classes on astronomy and culture at Harper College and the College of Lake County, and is an archives assistant in the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at Adler Planetarium.

Materials List
Required:
Course packet, to be purchased in class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six sessions, $170
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.