Professor Emeritus Norman Hammond

NH @ Hamontun signProfessor Norman Hammond’s transition to Emeritus status at the end of December 2010 coincided with an invitation from the Royal Society of New Zealand to be the society’s 2011 Aronui Lecturer, in succession to the philosopher Onora O’Neill (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve), the inaugural Aronui Lecturer in 2010. Professor Hammond duly visited New Zealand in August 2011, and delivered a series of lectures on Maya Civilization in six cities in both the North and South Islands; he also spoke at the University of Otago in Dunedin, and did interviews for New Zealand television, radio, and the press. In September he delivered the 2011 Australia Lectures of the Society of Antiquaries of London, in Canberra and Melbourne.

Earlier in the year, Professor Hammond lectured at the University of Texas at Austin and at Oxford University in England. He was an invited speaker at the Ninth Tulane University Maya Symposium in New Orleans in February, at the III Congreso Internacional de Mayistas in Merida, Mexico, in March, and in April at the Residencia de Estudiantes arts center in Madrid, on the work of Thomas Joyce of the British Museum. At the Maya Symposium in Davidson, North Carolina, also in April, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in July he was one of the invited speakers at “Sociétés mayas millénaires: crises du passé et resilience”, held at the Musée du quai Banly, in Paris. In October he spoke at the Fifth Maya@Playa symposium in Palm Coast, Florida, and at Williams College in Massachusetts, on his research in Belize.