The Humanities and Cultural Studies departments have arranged an exciting visit from Adam Herring, Ph.D., associate professor of art history and director of graduate studies at Southern Methodist University. His lecture about ancient Maya art and culture as well as the widely discussed Maya calendar predictions is Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall.
Herring is a specialist of the art of the pre-Columbian Americas and was trained at the universities of Princeton, California at Berkley and Yale. At the latter, his dissertation in art history received the Frances Blanshard Fellowship Award in 1999. He also received fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Herring has articles featured in publications such as “RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics,” “The Art Bulletin” and “Critical Inquiry.” In 2005, Cambridge University Press published his study of ancient Maya calligraphy, “Art and Writing in the Maya Cities, AD 600-800: A Poetics of Line.”
Herring received the Dallas Museum of Art’s Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library Vasari Award in 2007 for his studies of ancient Maya art and writing and his contributions to the field. His research interests include visual theory and semiotics, anthropological and materialist critique of visual experiences and the history of the discipline. He is currently working on a book about art and ritual among the Inca of Andean South America.