All About the Apocalypse

Science fiction writers and USF professors teamed together to address misconceptions about the Mayan Apocalypse.


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By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April. 2, 2012) – With just nine months until the Mayan Apocalypse, or so says popular culture, the Humanities Institute and School of Mass Communications at the University of south Florida teamed together for a three-day lecture series.


“Visions of the Apocalypse” addressed the myths and science fiction behind the December doomsday.


Christian Wells, associate professor of Anthropology at USF and well-known Mayan scholar, discussed the evidence left by Mayans that address Dec. 21, 2012, the end of a cycle that was taken out of context and twisted to fit various religious and superstitious beliefs.


The next day, science fiction writers Joe Haldeman and Nancy Kress read excerpts from their newly written apocalyptic novels and answered questions about various types of apocalypses from students.


On Wednesday, Kress and Haldeman joined USF chemistry professor David Merkler and religious studies professor Dell de Chant for a panel discussion on cultural obsessions with the apocalypse.


The world may not end in December because of inaccurate Mayan predictions, Kress said, but the world is overdue for a worldwide catastrophe.


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.