The Mesoamerica Center at UT-Austin aims to facilitate knowledge, learning and understanding about the indigenous cultures and peoples of what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador through education, research and exchange. Its primary focus is on the arts, language, and archeology of Mesoamerican civilizations. Based in the Department of Art and Art History, the Center aims to foster communication among many academic units on campus, highlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of many faculty and students at UT-Austin. The Center was first stablished in 1990 under the auspices of the late Professor Linda Schele. Dr. David Stuart is the director of the Center and a world-renowned scholar of Maya hieroglyphs. The Mesoamerica Center oversees The Maya Meetings, a premier academic conference and symposium on Mesoamerican culture, and the Casa Herrera, a research and teaching facility in the heart of the city of Antigua, Guatemala.

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