December 11, 2010 Loa Traxler, PhD: "Presenting the Maya in 2012: Exhibition Challenges, New Ideas, and Public Engagement"

            Dr. Loa P. Traxler is the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Deputy Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, overseeing academic programs within the Museum, and strengthening the academic relations of the Museum with the University and its Research Centers. Dr. Traxler and a faculty committee are also working to create a new interdepartmental World Archaeology major with courses linked to each of the Museum’s research sections. She is further assisting the Deputy Director with the Penn Museum’s in-house exhibition programs, involving more Penn students in the curatorial work. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Traxler served as a Research Specialist in the American Section at the Penn Museum.  She has also served as Assistant Curator of the Pre-Columbian Collection at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC; as the collection manager for the extensive holdings generated by the Penn Museum’s excavations at the Classic Maya site of Copán in western Honduras; and as the exhibition coordinator for numerous temporary and permanent exhibitions relating to both ancient and contemporary artifacts, textiles, and imagery from throughout the Americas.  
            Dr. Traxler works closely with museums in Central America and is currently President of the Board of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum, and an officer for the Copán Maya Foundation. She has organized many professional symposia and conferences, as well as public events, including the Penn Museum’s annual Maya Weekend.  Dr. Traxler received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, writing on the evolution and social meaning of Early Classic Maya architecture buried beneath the Acropolis at Copán, Honduras. She has teaching experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as with continuing education for professional adults. In addition to her work in Honduras, Dr. Traxler has been involved in excavations in the American Southwest, France, and Jordan.

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