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April 27: Annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture

"Ashes to Empire Cerro Magoni and the Toltec State" is title of lecture by faculty member J. Heath Anderson.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-16-2015

Mankato, Minn. – The annual Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecture at Minnesota State University, Mankato will feature a presentation by faculty member Jonathan “Heath” Anderson titled “Ashes to Empire Cerro Magoni and the Toltec State,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Free and open to the public, it marks the first time the subfield of archaeology has been featured in the Moore lecture.

Anderson’s talk will focus on the rising and falling of empires in Mesoamerica. Anderson, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Minnesota State Mankato, will talk about how empires rose from fallen empires and how present-day societies can learn from these events.

“My research focuses on one such ‘experiment’ in Central Mexico that illuminates how societies fall apart and how they are subsequently put back together again,” Anderson wrote.

“Cerro Magoni dates to the crucial moments preceding the rise of the Toltecs, a fractious period call the Epiclassic, which was characterized by migration, economic upheaval, political fragmentation and conflict.

“It is my hope that a consideration of the Mesoamerican past can provide one source of context for thoughtful reflection on the challenges and opportunities that face humanity in the 21st Century.”

For more information about the subject of the lecture, contact Anderson by phone at 507-389-1301 or by email at

The annual Moore Lecture celebrates excellence in research at Minnesota State Mankato. This will be the 41th such lecture, and the 28th named after Moore, who established the event.

Moore was president of then-Mankato State University from 1974 to 1978. His tenure saw the transformation of Mankato State College into a university, as well as the consolidation of the lower and upper campuses and construction of a new administration building.

The Department of Anthropology is part of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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