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The Mayan calendar is running out and we’re all gonna be dead soon, probably. That’s why the University of Pennsylvania Center for Ancient Studies is riding out the clock with The End of Time symposium. The keynote speaker is Dr. Elaine Pagels, author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, wherein she breaks down the Bible’s horrific predictions and relates them back to the time the book was written — about the year 90. Other speakers throughout the day will discuss Mayan, Incan, Aztec and medieval end-time scenarios. The symposium is free, so if all the doomsayers were wrong, it’s not the end of the world.
Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, Penn Museum, 3260 South St., 215-898-4000, penn.museum.