AIA Lecturer/Host: Jeff Karl Kowalski
Dr. Jeff Karl Kowalski is Professor Emeritus of Art History at Northern Illinois University, and is undertaking a scholarly study of the Maya palace complex known as the Nunnery Quadrangle at Uxmal, a project he furthered as a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., during the spring semester of 2013. He has worked for many years in the northern Maya region, and specifically at the majestic site of Uxmal. Professor Kowalski has published extensively on the archaeology, art, and epigraphy of the Maya and their Mesoamerican neighbors, including his book The House of the Governor, A Maya Palace at Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico (U. of Oklahoma Press, 1987) and numerous articles and book reviews in journals such as Archaeology, Ancient Mesoamerica, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Expedition, and Science. He has periodically led study tours of the Maya region for various organizations, served three times as a lecturer on northern Maya art and culture for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes in the Maya World, and he has given public talks to the AIA local society in Milwaukee, WI; the Maya Society of Minnesota; and the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.