KU anthropologist to be featured on National Geographic Channel

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 in Campus News and News

KU anthropologist John Hoopes–whose educational efforts debunking Mayan apocalypse fears are featured on p. 11 in the current Kansas Alumni magazine and was our cover story in summer 2010–is a featured commentator in a National Geographic Channel special, “Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday,” set to premiere at 9 p.m. (Central) Monday.

When interviewed for issue 4, 2010, Hoopes expressed deep concern about Internet communities where fears were being stoked, potentially leading to any number of grim scenarios for Dec. 21, 2012. When interviewed for the current issue of Kansas Alumni, Hoopes said apocalypse hysteria had backed down from the boiling point, and he hoped that interest sparked by the fakery could prove an opportunity for people to learn about actual perils facing modern Mayan communities and direct their energies back toward real-world issues such as global warming and societal crises the world over.

Ornithologist Ed Scholes, PhD’07, whose adventures researching birds of paradise in Papua-New Guinea as a KU doctoral student were featured in a 2007 Kansas Alumni story, is the focus of his own current NatGeo special, “Adventures in the Treetops.” Birds of paradise discoveries by Scholes and photographer Tim Laman are also featured in the current issue of National Geographic magazine and in a spectacular new book, Birds of Paradise Revealed. A National Geographic Live tour in 2013 by Scholes and Laman will stop at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center April 16; in a special arrangement with National Geographic and the Kauffman Center, KU Alumni Association members can receive a 20 percent discount on tickets to the event by using the promo code JAYHAWK. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://tickets.kauffmancenter.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=4913&promo=jayhawk.

-Chris Lazzarino

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