Meeting Archive:
Calendar in the Sky: Day of the Dead

Meeting Description:
Day of the Dead is a celebration observed throughout Mexico and around the world. The modern festival occurs from October 31-November 2. It is a time to honor and remember friends and family who have died. The modern mainstream holiday has its roots in pre-Columbian Indigenous practices and Christian traditions (which themselves have roots in pre-Christian practices in Europe). The origins of this modern holiday have connections to astronomical events, especially to seasonal cycles of the Sun. During this Webinar we will examine the astronomical origins of some of the Maya and other cultural traditions associated with Day of the Dead. 
Date: Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Bryan Mendez
 Presenter Information
Nancy Alima Ali
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Nancy Alima Ali, M.Ed., is currently a Coordinator of Public Programs at the Space Sciences Lab at the University of California, Berkeley.  For over 13 years, Ms. Ali has been active in both formal and informal education as a classroom teacher, college instructor, museum educator, curriculum developer and program manager.

Marco Pacheco
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Mr. Marco A. Pacheco is President of Casa De La Cultura Maya a non-profit organization dedicated to promote and preserve the Mayan Culture in the U.S. and Mesoamerica. Mr. Pacheco has been developing with NASA; UC Berkeley; the governments of the State of Yucatan, Mexico, Guatemala and the City of Los Angeles, educational programs and workshops to develop skills and knowledge among the Mayan Communities about their ancestor’s perspective of history and sciences.

Bryan Mendez
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Dr. Bryan Mendez is an Astronomer and Education Specialist at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory. His work in education and public outreach involves developing programs for the public through the web and museums, developing classroom materials for students, and conducting professional development for science educators.