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California Professor Presents Lecture on Human Trophy Rituals


History_IconCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay professor Dr. Ruben Mendoza presents a lecture entitled “Skull Racks, Decapitation Rituals, and Human Trophies in Ancient Mesoamerica and Peru” in room 1042A of the Russell Union at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 26.

Dr. Mendoza will discuss the technologies of terror identified with the Mesoamerican and Andean practice of human trophy taking and skull racks.

Dr. Mendoza holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Anthropology/History from the California State University, Bakersfield. He has explored the length and breadth of Mexico, Central America, Europe, and the Southwest, documenting both pre-Columbian and Colonial era sites and collections.

The lecture is sponsored by the Campus Life Enrichment Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History, and the Center for Religious Studies.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is the largest of the eight colleges that make up Georgia Southern University, and it plays a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CLASS, also described as the University’s College of the Creative Mind, prepares students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, their nations, and the world. CLASS offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees and several interdisciplinary minors from its 11 departments and five academic centers. CLASS offers eight master’s degrees, two graduate certificates and one doctoral degree.

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Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 125-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.


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