March 31, 2006

Discover Art & Archaeology of Ancient Peru

The ancient history of Peru will highlight the fourth performance of Western Nevada Community College's free cultural series, "Faces, Voices & Stories," Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. "Art & Archaeology of Ancient Peru" will explore Peru's fascinating past, from the mud-brick huacas of the coastal Moche to the grand stone cities of the highland Inca, in a slide lecture by WNCC's Dr. Hal Starratt.

Dr. Starratt recently participated in a five-week study tour of Peru and Bolivia that was co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Community College Humanities Association. Travel included lectures and tours in the Sacred Valley, Lima, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca.

The professor filled two notebooks with observations, and shot more than 400 digital photos. "I was very fortunate to be selected as a participant in this program from a large field of scholars, professors, and instructors across America," he said. "My students would be proud of me - the institute required a large amount of reading."

Dr. Starratt traveled to several Andean historic and prehistoric sites where he interacted with top Andean experts in the fields of archaeology, history, ethnography, sociology and more. "The Andean Worlds Institute was invaluable in providing me background material for my continuing archaeological research on the north coast of Peru," Starratt said. "This experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I know it will serve to make me a better teacher," he said, adding that his photos will be invaluable in his anthropology courses.

Starratt's photos will appear later this summer in the WNCC art gallery. "Hal's photos and stories will really make the audience feel like they are in Peru, said Student Activities Coordinator Claire Yurovchak."

Yurovchak's office, along with the WNCC Student United Students Association, sponsors the cultural series. "WNCC faculty members have done some amazing things in our community and throughout the world," she said.

The performance will take place in Reynolds Building Room 103 at the WNCC Carson City Campus, 2201 West College Parkway. Details: 775-445-3324.

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