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Monday, February 4, 2013

34th annual ROM Colloquium: World Discoveries

Free symposium highlighting fascinating discoveries by Museum curators and experts
 (Toronto, Ontario – February 4, 2013) On Friday, February 8, 2013, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents the 34th annual ROM Colloquium, a stimulating one-day event with curators and researchers highlighting their latest global discoveries and ongoing research.

 The ROM 2013 Colloquium: World Discoveries gives everyone the chance to hear ROM experts give fifteen-minute presentations on the latest research in the arts, archeology and pure and applied sciences.  Spend the day or drop by to learn more about a specific subject.

This free event runs from 9:15 am to 6:30 pm in the ROM’s Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre. Enter through the President’s Choice School Entrance, at the south end of the building on Queen’s Park. Admission to the Museum galleries is not included. The day long event will feature The Iconography of Superheroes, Hostage to Cloth, Mutually Assured Distrust, CHANEL: The American Look, Six Months of Social Media, Rare minerals from northeastern Yukon and much more.  
The ROM is the largest field research institute in the country and is a world leader in several research areas, from biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences to archaeology, ethnology and visual culture.  The ROM originates new information that furthers global understanding and historical and modern change in culture and environment.

This year’s Vaughan Lecture feature presentation is Death and destruction at La Real: mortuary rituals and social change in pre-Columbian Peru, delivered by Dr. Justin Jennings, Curator of New World Archaeology, ROM Department of World Cultures. It delves into the ritual destruction of mummies (600-1000 CE), in the belief that it would help society cope with drastic social change.

Please see the attached PDF for the full media release or see online for the full schedule.

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