Inaugural John L. Sorenson Lecture: Stephen D. Housten

Where: Hinckley Alumni Center Assembly Hall, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
When: Monday, October 28, 4:00 p.m.
Who: Stephen D. Housten, PhD. Professor of Anthropology at Brown University

On Monday, October 28 at 4 pm in the Hinckley Center assembly hall on BYU Campus, Dr. Stephen Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University, will give the first annual John L. Sorenson Lecture: “Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare.”

About Stephen D. Housten

Dr. Houston, one of the leading Mayanists in the world today, will share the results of his first full field season working at La Cuernavilla, a Mayan fortress in northern Guatemala discovered by the LiDAR survey published last year.

Dr. Housten was born 1958, in Chambersburg, PA. He received his A.B. at the University of Pennsylvania (1980, the University of Edinburgh (Exchange student), and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Yale University (M.Phil., 1983, Ph. D., 1987). Housten currently works as Dupee Family Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Director of Early Cultures, Chair of Anthropology at Brown University. Prior to Brown, he served as the Jesse Knight University Professor at Brigham Young University. He is a father of two, and spouse to Nancy Dayton Houston.

Honoring John L. Sorenson


Young John L. Sorenson in 1953. Image courtesy of Book of Mormon Resources

Young John L. Sorenson in 1953. Image courtesy of Book of Mormon Resources

The lecture is co-sponsored by Book of Mormon Central and the Department of Anthropology at BYU, and is being held in honor of John L. Sorenson, a pioneering Book of Mormon scholar and founder of the anthropology department at BYU, who is among the most influential Latter-day Saint anthropologists alive today.

John L. Sorenson is an emeritus professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University and the author of many books and articles on the Book of Mormon and archaeology. Sorenson holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He began teaching at BYU in 1963, and he later established the BYU's anthropology department. He also served as head of Social Sciences for General Research Corporation based in Santa Barbara, California, and was the founder of Bonneville Research Corporation. Some of Sorenson's published works include Mormon's Codex: An Ancient American Book (2013), An Ancient American Setting for the Book of Mormon (1985), Transoceanic Culture Contacts between the Old and New Worlds in Pre-Columbian Times: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography (with Martin Raish, 1988), Images of Ancient America: Visualizing Book of Mormon Life (1998), Mormon’s Map (2000), and World Trade and Biological Exchanges before 1492 (with Carl L. Johannessen, 2004).

The Lecture is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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